List of Nissan engines

List of Nissan engines

Nissan Motors uses a straightforward method of naming their automobile engines. The first few letters identify the engine family. The next digits are the displacement in deciliters. The following letters identify features added and are order specific based on the type of feature.

Letter Feature Feature type
D DOHC Camshaft
V Variable Valve Lift with Timing Camshaft
S Carburetor Fuel delivery
i Throttle Body Fuel Injection Fuel delivery
E Electronic Port Fuel Injection Fuel delivery
D Direct Cylinder Fuel Injection Fuel delivery
N Natural gas fueled Fuel delivery
P LPG fueled Fuel delivery
R Supercharged Power adder
T Turbocharged Power adder
Ti Turbocharged and intercooled Power adder
TT Twin-Turbocharged Power adder
HR High Response and High Revolution Special

The features/letters follow a specific order and not all features are necessarily listed all of the time. The basic, common features follow this general order:

[Engine family character(s)] [two-digit engine displacement in deciliters] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

1 = Camshaft
2 = Fuel delivery
3 = Power adder
4 = 2nd power adder
5 = Special

A good example is the Nissan RB26DETT engine where the feature letters describe an engine with dual overhead camshafts, electronic port fuel injection and two turbo chargers.

The next example is the Nissan SR20DE engine where the feature letters describe an engine with dual overhead camshafts and electronic port fuel injection but leaves off any power adder descriptors because it is a naturally aspirated engine. The popular, (single) turbocharged version of this engine is logically called the SR20DET.

Not all features are necessarily described in the name. For example, the SR20VE engine has dual overhead camshafts but the variable valve lift (and timing) design of the camshafts takes precedence in the naming scheme even though the "V" feature designation doesn't necessarily describe a DOHC arrangement.

A good example of an engine where not all of the feature designation spots are used is the CA18ET engine. The two features listed being electronic port fuel injection designated with the "E" and the presence of a turbocharger designed with the letter "T". The engine has a single overhead camshaft so there is no "D" listed in the name; the camshaft type designation place being left out completely. Nissan does not have a letter designation for the SOHC configuration so the camshaft configuration type is assumed as SOHC if no letter is present.

Lastly, the MR16DDT engine designation describes an engine with dual overhead camshafts, direct cylinder fuel injection and a single turbocharger. This engine also has variable valve timing, but Nissan does not currently have a letter designation for that feature.



  • 2010-present Nissan HR engine — 1.0/1.2 L — HR10DDT, HR12DE, HR12DDR (See Straight-4 below for other HR engines)


Nissan's Straight-4 engines include:

  • 1952-1955 Nissan D engine — 0.9/1.1 L — D10, D11
  • 1955-1966 Prince G engine — 1.5/1.8/1.9/2.0 L — GA-4/G-1, GB-30/G-2, G-15, G-18
  • 1957-1960 Nissan C engine — 1.0 L
  • 1961-1970 Nissan G engine — 1.5 L — G
  • 1965-1987 Nissan SD engine — Series One — Diesel 2.2/2.3/2.5 L — SD22, SD23, SD25 (See Straight-6 below for other SD engines.)
  • 1965-1982 Nissan J engine — 1.3/1.5/2.0 L — J13, J15, J16
  • 1965-1970 Nissan R engine — 1.6 L — R16
  • 1967-1970 Nissan H engine — 1.9/2.0 L — H, H20 (See Straight-6 below for other H engines.)
  • 1967.5-1970 Datsun U engine — 2.0 L — U20
  • 1968-1980 Nissan L engine — 1.3/1.4/1.6/1.8/2.0 L — L13, L14, L16, L18, L20B (See Straight-6 below for other L engines)
  • 1966-2008 Nissan A engine — 1.0/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5 L — A10, A12, A12T, A12A, A13, A14, A15
  • 1979-1989 Nissan Z engine — 1.6/1.8/2.0/2.2/2.4 L — Z16, Z18, Z18ET, Z20S, Z20E, Z22E, Z24
  • 1981-1993 Nissan CA engine — 1.6/1.8/2.0 L — CA16, CA18i, CA18DE, CA18DET, CA18ET, CA20
  • 1958-1964, 1982-1988 Nissan E engine — 1.0/1.2/1.3/1.5/1.6 L — E, E-1, E10, E13, E15E, E15ET, E16, E16E
  • 1983-1985,1991-1997? Nissan CD engineDiesel 1.7/2.0 L — CD17, CD20, CD20T, CD20ET, CD20E
  • 1983-1986? Nissan FJ engine — 2.0 L — FJ20E, FJ20ET
  • 1983-1992 Nissan MA engine — 0.9/1.0/1.2 L — MA09ERT, MA10S, MA10E, MA10ET, MA12S
  • 1987-2007 Nissan GA engine — 1.3/1.4/1.5/1.6 L — GA14DE, GA16E, GA16DE, GA16DS
  • 1986-present Nissan TD engine — 2.3/2.5/2.7 L — TD23, TD25, TD27, TD27T
  • 1986-2004 Nissan KA engine — 2.4 L — KA24E, KA24DE
  • 1987-2007 Nissan SR engine — 1.6/1.8/2.0 L — SR16DE, SR16Di, SR16D, SR16VE, SR16VE N1, SR18DE, SR18DET, SR18Di, SR20DE, SR20DE GT Spec, SR20DET, SR20Di, SR20VE, SR20VET
  • 1993-2002 Nissan CG engine — 1.0/1.3/1.4 L — CG10DE, CG13DE, CGA3DE
  • 1999-present? Nissan YD engineDiesel 2.2/2.5/ L — YD22DDT,YD22DDTi, YD25DDT, YD25DDTi
  • 1994?-2000 Nissan QD engineDiesel 3.2 L — QD32
  • 1999-present Nissan QG engine — 1.3/1.5/1.6/1.8 L — QG13DE, QG15DE, QG16DE, QG18DE, QG18DD, QG18DEN
  • 2001-present Nissan QR engine — 2.0/2.5 L — QR20DE, QR20DD, QR25DE, QR25DD
  • 2002-present Nissan CR engine — 1.0/1.2/1.4 L — CR10DE, CR12DE, CR14DE
  • 2005-present Nissan HR engine — 1.5/1.6 L — HR15DE, HR16DE (See Straight-3 above for other HR engines)
  • 2005-present Nissan MR engine — 1.6/1.8/2.0 L — MR16DDT, MR18DE, MR20DE, MR20DD
  • 1998-present Nissan NA engine — 1.6/2.0 L — NA16, NA20 - replacement of Z series and mostly used in commercial vehicles. Designed based on Z series.
  • 1999-present Nissan ZD engineDiesel 3.0 L — ZD30DD, ZD30DDT, ZD30DDTi


Nissan's Straight-6 engines include:

  • 1965-1967 Nissan H engine — 3.0 L — H30 (See Straight-4 above for other H engines.)
  • 1968-1983 Nissan P engine — 4.0 L — P40
  • 1968-1984 Nissan L engine — 2.0/2.3/2.4/2.6/2.8 L — L20A, L20E, L20ET, L20P, L23, L24, L24E, L26, L26E, L28, L28E, L28ET (See Straight-4 above for other L engines)
  • 1977-1989 Nissan LD engineDiesel 2.8 L — LD28, LD28T
  • 1969-1973 Nissan S20 engine — 2.0 L
  • 1980-1988 Nissan SD engine - Series Two — Diesel 3.3 L — SD33, SD33T (See Straight-4 above for other SD engines.)
  • 1983-1995 Nissan FD engine — 3.3/3.5/4.2/4.6 L — FD33, FD33T, FD35, FD35T, FD42, FD46
  • 1985-2002 Nissan RB engine — 2.0/2.4/2.5/2.6/2.8/3.0 L — RB20E, RB20ET, RB20DE, RB20DET, RB20DET-R, RB24DET, RB25DE, RB25DET, RB26DETT, RB28DETT, RB30S, RB30E, RB30ET, RB30DE
  • 1985-1999? Nissan RD engineDiesel 2.8 L — RD28, RD28T, RD28Ti
  • 1987-present Nissan TB engine — 4.2/4.5/4.8 L — TB42E, TB42S, TB45E, TB48DE
  • 1988-2004 Nissan TD engineDiesel 4.2 L — TD42, TD42T, TD42Ti


Nissan's V6 engines include:

  • 1984-2004 Nissan VG engine — 2.0/3.0/3.3 L — VG20E, VG20P, VG20ET, VG20DE, VG20DET, VG30S, VG30i, VG30E, VG30ET, VG30DE, VG30DET, VG30DETT, VG33E, VG33E-R
  • 1992-1994 Nissan VE engine — 3.0 L — VE30DE
  • 1995-present Nissan VQ engine — 2.0/2.3/2.5/3.0/3.5/3.7/4.0 L — VQ20DE, VQ23DE, VQ25DD, VQ25DE, VQ25DET, VQ25HR, VQ25VHR, VQ30DD, VQ30DE, VQ30DE-K, VQ30DET, VQ35DE, VQ35HR, VQ37VHR, VQ40DE,
  • 2008-present Nissan VR Engine — 3.8 L — VR38DETT


Nissan's V8 engines include:

  • 1965-1989 Nissan Y engine — 4.0/4.4 L — Y40, Y44
  • 1987- Nissan VEJ30 & VRH35 (Non-Production)
  • 1989-2001 Nissan VH engine — 4.1/4.5 L — VH41DE, VH45DE, VRH racing engines
  • 2001-present Nissan VK engine — 4.5/5.0/5.6 L — VK45DE, VK45DD, VK50VE, VK56DE, VK56VD


Nissan's V12 engines include:

Diesel engines

Diesel Engines in summary (model, displacement)

Wankel engine

Nissan showed a prototype Wankel rotary engine at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1972, but it never reached production. [1]


  • Nissan PLASMA ("purazuma") (Powerful & Econonomic, Lightweight, Accurate, Silent, Mighty, Advanced) is an acronym for the Nissan engine series designed to counter Toyota's Lightweight Advanced Super Response Engine (LASRE).
  • Nissan ECCS ("eltukusu") Electronic Concentrated Control System (ECCS), or Electronic Gas Injector (EGI), is an electronic fuel injection system designed to improve fuel economy and to reduce exhaust emission.
  • NEO or Nissan Ecology Oriented, is an engine technology used by Nissan to reduce fuel consumption and emission output while improving overall engine performance.
  • CVTCS or Coninuous Valve Timing Control System, is an engine technology used by Nissan to reduce fuel consumption and emission output while improving overall engine performance.
  • VVEL or Variable Valve Event and Lift (commonly abbreviated as "VVEL") is an automobile variable valve timing technology developed by Nissan.

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