The Nissan X-Trail is the world’s best-selling SUV and a range of upgrades is being introduced including a redesign of the exterior, a higher-quality interior and innovative new technologies like ProPILOT autonomous drive technology.
The enhancements are based on consumer insight and customer feedback, and are designed “to reinforce the X-Trail’s position as the perfect car for family adventures”.
Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Nissan Europe, says “Demand for crossovers is growing all the time, and for the Nissan X-Trail to be the number one for global sales is a huge honour. With these enhancements, the new X-Trail is delivering more of what our customers want”.
The five or seven-seat crossover is the brand’s best-selling vehicle worldwide and including the USA, where the car is badged Rogue, more than 3.7 million have been sold since the first X-Trail was launched in 2000.
Approximately 115,000 units have been sold in Europe since the all-new third-generation model was launched in 2014, and demand has grown significantly year on year: sales doubled from 2014 to 2015, and the total rose again by another 40% the following year.
The X-Trail has continued to evolve; earlier this year, Nissan launched the car with a new 2.0-litre 177PS diesel engine, “broadening the range to meet the needs of consumers who require a higher-output powertrain”.
On either side of the wider ‘V-motion’ grille are new headlamp clusters with much clearer design differentiation between the halogen units on Visia, Acenta and N-Connecta grades and full LEDs on Tekna. Both feature a contemporary new version of the X-Trail’s ‘boomerang’ Daytime Running Lights.
For models with full LED lamps, dipped beam now features Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). This means dynamic cornering lamps operating in conjunction with the vehicle’s speed and steering inputs. Also appearing on the new Qashqai crossover, this is the first use of AFS for Nissan in Europe, and means greater illumination of a corner’s apex for better visibility and road safety. On high beam, the beam pattern is now wider than before, also improving visibility.
The fog lamps have been integrated into the new front bumper and changed from a round shape to a rectangular one.
The front parking sensors have also been revised: previously, although they were integrated into the bumper they did not sit completely flush to the surface. Now they do.
At the rear, the bumper has been redesigned to give it a more robust look with new chrome detailing. The rear lights have been upgraded to become full LED and the parking sensors are improved, as at the front of the car.
A new range of 17-inch (Visia and Acenta) and 18-inch (N-Connecta and Tekna) alloy wheels are now fitted as standard, with the existing 19-inch wheels (optional on Tekna) carried over from the previous model.
The upgrades have resulted in a very slight change to the overall length of the car – an increase of 50mm means it’s now 4,690mm from bumper to bumper. There is no change to the width (1,830mm), height (1,710mm) or wheelbase (2,705mm) and the exterior changes have not affected aerodynamic performance, with a Cd rating of 0.32.
The cabin boasts a raft of upgrades: a new D-shaped steering wheel is the first thing drivers will notice. The horizontal base makes for easier entry and exit for the driver, as well as providing “a more sporty look and feel”.
The steering wheel’s central hub is smaller than before and the three spokes are slimmer, creating an upper space that’s larger by 17 per cent to improve instrument visibility. The four-way controllers for the combimeter display (left spoke) and cruise control (right spoke) are new and more intuitive to reduce ‘eyes off the road’ time.
Other cabin upgrades include a redesigned central armrest storage area and on models with the CVT XTronic automatic transmission, the gear selector has been restyled and features a new gaiter.
The two highest spec variants have previously come with an electric tailgate as standard. This has been enhanced with the addition of hands-free functionality. Drivers with shopping bags or holding young children can now kick their foot under the centre of the car’s rear bumper to automatically activate the opening mechanism.
The boot is 15 litres larger than before on the five-seat version with all seats in place but capacity on seven-seat interiors remains unchanged.
In 2018 Nissan will introduce ProPILOT on the new X-Trail. It’s the first stage on the brand’s journey to autonomous driving, “giving drivers more freedom by allowing them to automate the mundane elements of their motoring life”.
ProPILOT will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising. It is based on three technologies – Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Traffic Jam Pilot (TJP).
ProPILOT will be activated via a button on the steering wheel, with information displayed in the combimeter between the instrument dials.
Intelligent Emergency Braking has been on the X-Trail since 2014, but has now been upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition.
New to the X-Trail is Stand Still Assist (SSA), which supplements Hill Start Assist (HSA) on cars with a manual transmission. SSA holds the car in a stationary position for up to three minutes, after which time the parking brake is automatically activated. SSA works on inclines and on the flat, allowing the driver to take their foot off the brake; a green light on the instrument cluster indicates when it’s activated.
Other safety technologies include Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor and Lane Departure Warning.
The range of three engines remains, including the 2.0-litre 177PS diesel launched in 2016. It means a choice of petrol or high or low-powered diesel, six-speed manual or CVT XTronic automatic transmissions, and two or four-wheel drive
The new X-Trail will go on sale across Europe from August.