Nissan says the diesel variants are a result of strong customer enquiries since the new X-TRAIL launched in October last year.
“The X-TRAIL diesel will be the first volume selling model in the compact SUV segment and we are pleased to be able to respond so quickly to such strong customer demand for this model.” Nissan’s managing director and CEO, Dan Thompson said
The company will import two turbo diesel variants, the automatic diesel model will use a six-speed automatic gearbox and make 110 kW (320Nm) while the performance variant will come with a 127kW (360Nm) oil burner matched to a six-speed manual transmission (not available in auto).
Both engines are 2.0-litre in capacity with 90% peak torque available from 1750rpm. They are built in partnership with Renault.
Fuel efficiency and high levels of torque are the main reasons many have asked for a diesel X-TRAIL and they don't disappoint, 7.4L/100km for the 127kW manual and 8.1L/100km for the 110kW automatic.
Both models are available in new entry-level designated ‘TS’ guise – based on the ST-L petrol X-TRAIL - and the range topping ‘TL’ – based on the Ti petrol X-TRAIL.
The TS comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, cruise control, a six-stack CD player, front fog lights and chrome door handles. Safety is taken care of by front, side and curtain airbags, stability control (ESP), ABS brakes, seat-belt pretensioners and Nissan’s intelligent ALL MODE 4x4-i system which incorporates Uphill Start Support (USS) and Downhill Drive Support (DDS).
Moving up to the diesel TL model, additional features include power operated heated leather seats, climate control air-conditioning and a panoramic sunroof.
- 2008 Nissan TS X-TRAIL diesel from $36,990 $38,990 six-speed automatic.
- 2008 Nissan TL X-TRAIL diesel from $39,990 manual and $41,990 six-speed automatic.