The facelifted 2017 Nissan X-Trail range has arrived in Australia, bringing minor design updates and new driver assistance technologies to the brand's top-selling model.
Kicking off at $27,990 before on-road costs for the ST manual, pricing for the revised X-Trail line-up remains largely unchanged for 2017, though petrol all-wheel drive models see minor price cuts between $900 and $1490.
Headlining changes for the update include a revised look inside and out, better interior trims along with the availability of new driver assistance technologies - including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), which is standard across the range.
Also new is the availability of a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, replacing the old 1.6. The oiler develops a much healthier 130kW of power and 3750rpm, and 380Nm of torque at 2000rpm - improvements of 34kW and 60Nm respectively.
The new diesel is available exclusively with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive, a combination which the previous car lacked and as a result hurt sales.
However, turbo-diesel versions of the new X-Trail will not arrive locally until June (TS) and September (TL) due to production constraints. Likewise, the price-leading ST manual won't land in dealerships until June.
With the exception of the new oiler, powertrains for the X-Trial are carried over from the pre-facelift model, including the 106kW/200Nm 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine for the entry-level manual ST two-wheel drive, along with the larger 126kW/226Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit in CVT automatic variants.
Other updates include new alloy wheels, LED 'boomerang' tail-lights, a D-shaped steering wheel, a new gear knob for manual models and shift lever for automatic variants, a revised centre console and armrest bin lid, along with three new exterior colours; Marine Blue, Copper Blaze and Ruby Red.
Standard kit on the entry-level ST petrol ($27,990 manual, $30,490 auto) and TS diesel ($35,490) includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime-running lights, body coloured electric folding mirrors, rear roof spoiler, 5.0-inch LCD central infotainment display, rear-view camera, intelligent key with push button start, 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats, cruise control, Isofix anchor points on the outer second row seats, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning, six airbags, a limited-slip differential, and hill start assist.
All-wheel drive models gain hill descent control, while the diesel TS gets idle stop/start technology. The base manual also gets an electric park brake.
The mid-grade ST-L starts at $36,590 before on roads, and is petrol only. Additional features over the ST include rear privacy glass, front fog-lights, leather-accented steering wheel and seats, six-way power-adjustable driver's seat and four-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, driver lumbar support, roof rails, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a larger 7.0-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation and traffic updates, DAB+ digital radio, 360-degree 'Around View' camera system with moving object detection, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
Finally, the Ti petrol ($44,290) and TL diesel ($47,290) sit atop the range, and add heated door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, adaptive auto-levelling LED headlights, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, motion-activated electric tailgate, heated outer rear seats, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a power tilt and slide moonroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention (Ti only), pedestrian protection for the AEB system, and intelligent adaptive cruise control (Ti only). The top spec models also add the option of tan leather-accented trim.
Nissan hopes the updates will help bolster the X-Trail's already strong sales - in March 1780 units found homes, putting it in fourth behind the Hyundai Tucson (2156), Mazda CX-5 (2116) and Toyota RAV4 (1865).
The updated 2017 Nissan X-Trail range is available to order now.
2017 Nissan X-Trail pricing (plus on-road costs)
ST 2WD manual - $27,990
ST 2WD CVT - $30,490 (5 seats), $31,990 (7 seats)
ST 4WD CVT - $32,490 (-$1490)
TS 4WD CVT - $35,490 (NEW)
ST-L 2WD CVT - $36,590 (5 seats), $38,090 (7 seats)
ST-L 4WD CVT - $38,590 (-$900)
Ti 4WD CVT - $44,290 (-$900)
TL 4WD CVT - $47,790 (NEW, as of Oct 19)
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