Updated crossover now offers Safety Shield 360 package, Australian introduction unclear.

Nissan North America has announced an upgraded version of the Rogue SUV – known here as the X-Trail – headlined by the availability of its new Safety Shield 360 driver assistance package.

For the 2019 model year, the Rogue SV and SL will come as standard with six new safety systems that provide 360 degrees of driver assistance systems, scheduled for launch from the North American fall.

At the front there's autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and high-beam assist, on the sides there's blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and at the rear there's reverse AEB.

"According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), cross traffic alert reduces crashes by 22 per cent; the combination of rearview cameras and sensors reduces crashes by 42 per cent; and adding rear emergency braking reduces backing crashes by 78 per cent compared with vehicles with none of these features," Nissan said in its press release.

Safety Shield 360 will also be rolling out across the SV and SL trim levels of the Altima sedan and smaller Rogue Sport (Qashqai) crossover in North America later this year. Nissan hopes to have the package standard on 1 million vehicles sold annually in the US by 2021.

Australia

Local versions of the Nissan X-Trail are already fitted with several systems from the Safety Shield 360 suite, including AEB, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

However, reverse AEB is not available on Australian models, nor is the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist highway driving feature that is available on overseas models.

Speaking with CarAdvice, Nissan Australia's corporate communications manager, said: "Nissan X-Trail variants are already available with a variety of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to name a few, with the Safety Shield 360 package only offered in the American market. It is not available here".