A first for the new X-Trail is the inclusion of an optional stepless CVT automatic transmission that not only improves driveability in all situations but also helps reduce fuel consumption.
Proving that it is more than just an urban roamer, it also benefits from "intelligent" ALL MODE 4x4-i four-wheel drive system as well as a revised version of the proven 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine.
Whilst power is only slightly up on the previous model with 125kW, a revised torque curve ensures the 226Nm is used effectively through a sophisticated CVTC (Continuous Valve Timing Control) system to ensure a usable spread of power and torque over a wide operating range that assists performance both on and off-road.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) including Stability Control and Traction Control with Active Brake Limited Slip, hill descent control and hill start assist feature across the three-model X-TRAIL range - ST, ST-L and the range-topping Ti.
Four-wheel disc ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are also standard across the range.
Passive safety is enhanced with the fitment of dual front, front side and full-length curtain airbags on all models, along with front active headrests, side intrusion bars and a collapsible steering column.
MacPherson strut suspension at the front, and a multi-link system at the rear keep the 16-inch steel wheels in the ST models and 17-inch six-spoke alloy wheels with 215/60R17 tyres in ST-L and Ti versions firmly adhered to the asphalt.
With enough space for five adults or 1773-litres of luggage the new X-Trail is practical in more ways than one, including a durable and easily washable plastic luggage area.
The centre-mounted gauges in its predecessor have now been relocated to their rightful place directly ahead of the driver.
Standard in all new X-Trail models are a trip computer, exterior temperature gauge, cruise control, height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry, 12-volt cargo area power outlet, cargo area tie-down hooks and roof rails.
ST-L and Ti models gain 17-inch alloy wheels, climate-control air-conditioning, a leather trimmed steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with six-stack, in-dash MP3- capable CD player, while the Ti comes with a glass sliding power sunroof, heated front leather seats with power adjustment and rear parking sensors.
Pricing remains unchanged from the previous ST model at $31,990 for the manual and $33,990 for the CVT automatic.
The mid-specification ST-L is priced from $35,990 for the manual and $37,990 for the CVT automatic while the range topping Ti is priced from $38,990 and $40,990 respectively for manual and CVT automatic variants.