The 2014 X-Trail is built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new Common Module Platform, which is longer, wider and taller than the old model, but also offers, for the first time, a seven-seat option that effectively replaces the outgoing Nissan Dualis+2.
Only 2WD models are available with the seven-seat option.
There are three grades (ST, ST-L and Ti) and a choice of 2WD or 4WD, with all models equipped with a reversing camera, alloy wheels and keyless entry with push-button start.
The base ST model gets a 5.0-inch LCD display, daytime running lights, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, and cruise control.
The mid-spec ST-L adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Around View Monitor, digital radio (DAB), leather trim and steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats with heating and dual-zone climate control.
The range-topping Ti gains 18-inch alloy wheels (up from 17-inch), LED headlamps (low and high beam), power-operated tailgate, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and rain-sensing wipers.
Standard safety features across the entire X-Trail range include stability control, Active Trace Control (which can brake the car's wheels individually to aid cornering), Active Ride Control (which applies the car's brakes and adjusts engine torque to reduce "head wobble"), hill start assist and six airbags.
The all-new X-Trail also introduces a suite of active safety tech including Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning (on the Ti only).
Also featured in five-seat variants is Nissan’s new storage system known as Divide-N-Hide, which allows the luggage compartment to be configured in 18 different ways. Along with that, the new-generation model debuts second row seating that combines sliding/reclining with a 40/20/40 split-fold layout.
The new X-Trail launches with petrol engines only, but a turbo diesel model (which borrows its engine from the current Dualis) will be added to the line-up later in the year.
While the entry-level ST is only available with a 106kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine with six-speed manual, all other X-Trail variants are equipped with a carryover 126kW/226Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine matched to Nissan’s latest CVT with manual mode, known as Xtronic.
Nissan claims the 2.0-litre X-Trail manual consumes 8.2-litres per 100 kilometres and emits 190g/km of CO2, while the 2.5-litre powertrain uses as little as 7.9L/100km in the 2WD ST version.
All 4WD models are equipped with Nissan’s proprietary 4x4-i system, which is controlled by a rotary-dial on the console that allows drivers to switch between three settings: 2WD, Auto and Lock mode.
2014 Nissan X-Trail two-wheel-drive pricing:
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST 2.0L manual - $27,990
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST 2.5L Xtronic - $30,490
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST 2.5L Xtronic seven seat - $31,580
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2.5L Xtronic - $36,190
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2.5L Xtronic seven seat - $37,190
2014 Nissan X-Trail four-wheel-drive pricing:
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST 2.5L Xtronic - $33,980
2014 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2.5L Xtronic - $39,080
2014 Nissan X-Trail Ti 2.5L Xtronic - $44,680