UPDATE: New official 2021 Nissan X-Trail photos have surfaced online. Check them out here.
The upcoming 2021 Nissan X-Trail appears to have been revealed in design patent application documents sent to the Brazil Ministry of the Economy.
The document, originally uncovered by Motor1, shows 3D renders of the upcoming model – named the Rogue in the Americas – giving away new details.
Most prominent in the front-end styling of the rendering is the large ‘V-Motion’ grille. A prominent inlet runs the width of the front bumper – notably wider than the previous generation X-Trail – flanked by integrated LED fog lights.
Above: Spy shot of 2021 X-Trail
Vertical ducts transition into the headlights and – although not clear in the renderings – large indicators have been spied on prototypes running flush with the bonnet above the headlights.
Moving to the rear, the lines of the 2021 X-Trail appear more muscular than the outgoing model. Sharp angles create an almost integrated side-skirt in the doors and the wheel arches appear to be more bulbous than the current-gen.
Revised tail lights appear thinner, wrapping around the body and deeper into the rear quarter panel.
More lines and angles are added on and around the rear hatch. The hatch cuts back in beneath the rear tail lights, and introduces more sharp deflections in the bodywork as it reaches the bumper, making the current gen’s rear-end seem comparatively flat.
A rear valance with faux-diffuser also appears.
The patent renderings don’t give any new information regarding the 2021 X-Trail’s drivetrain, however CarAdvice has previously speculated the model may see the same 2.0-litre variable-compression turbo petrol engine that appearing in the Infiniti QX50 SUV and new Nissan Altima.
All- and front-wheel drive configurations are likely to be offered, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
When will the new 2021 Nissan X-Trail come to Australia?
As for when the new X-Trail will be revealed, timing is unclear.
A debut at one of the big American international motor shows this year would have been likely, but with most cancelled or postponed, it is likely Nissan will turn to an online unveiling.
Watch for that to occur in the coming months, with an Australian debut likely to come in early 2021 – although that, too, is still to be confirmed.