Upgrades include more powerful engines, a new look interior, an upgraded 4x4 system and more interior room. Nissan have taken the philosophy of if its selling, why change it? So whilst this car is all new, the actual shape shares many design ideas with the current model.
However you do get new headlights, revised 'family' grille and other features.
- Better economy
- Reduced emissions
- Better safety levels
- Larger interior
- Better comfort & refinement
- Better performance
One of the biggest changes to the car however, is the boot, the new shape has a significantly larger boot. Nissan points out that with the rear seat in place, the current model had a measurement of 410 litres up to the lower edge of the rear window. In the new X-Trail the equivalent figure is 603-litres, an increase of 193-litres.
The new Xtrail is powered by an improved version of the current 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine. As per usual Australia is unlikely to get the Diesel variant of the X-trail which is currently on offer in other parts of the world. However there is no official word from Nissan as to whether or not, the Diesel versions will make it to Australia.
The computer has also been upgraded with the latest ‘intelligent’ version of Nissan’s "All Mode" electronic all-wheel drive system built into the new vehicle. The new system is said to be simpler to operate system with a rotary knob on the centre console offering a choice between two-wheel drive or Auto mode.
- DDS - Downhill Drive Support. Operated via a switch on the centre console – operates when All Mode is in lock mode. DDS uses the anti-lock brakes to maintain a descent speed of 7km/h allowing the driver to concentrate on steering. The system behaves the same way when the vehicle is in reverse.
- USS - a fully automatic system that activates on any slope that exceeds a 10 per cent incline, holding the vehicle on the brakes until the driver starts to move away. The system also works if the vehicle is reversing up an incline.
Expect the vehicle in Australia around September/October.