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Nissan release new X-TRAIL in Japan

21st July, 2010 (copyright image)

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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. earlier this month announced the release, in Japan, of the updated X-TRAIL and the addition of a 6-speed automatic transmission model to the Clean Diesel "X-TRAIL 20GT".

Following its full model change in August 2007, X-TRAIL has held the top position in the Japanese annual SUV sales ranking for three consecutive years (from FY2007 through FY2009*). X-TRAIL's popularity is attributed to customers' high evaluations of its interior with high functionality (such as water repellant seats), spacious luggage area where items can be loaded efficiently, a high level of driving stability, and superior off-road capability delivered by the advanced "ALL MODE 4X4-i" 4WD system. Consumers also enjoy the excellent environmental performance of the Clean Diesel "GT20," which meets Japan's stringent "Post New Long-term Regulations."** The new Nissan X-TRAIL is the first vehicle in the world to do so.

The latest refinements to X-TRAIL focus on the exterior, interior and the addition of a new "20GT" Clean Diesel 6-speed automatic transmission model. On the exterior, the front grille, front bumper and headlights have been redesigned to give an even bolder and sportier front-end look. Also, the combination taillights have been changed to LED, improving visibility from following vehicles in bad weather.

In the interior, large-size gauges have been adopted for better driver visibility and a vehicle information display system is newly provided to display moment fuel consumption, upcoming maintenance schedules and other information. In addition, a glove compartment with heat-retention and refrigerator functions is standard on all models.

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The versatile utility of the Nissan X-TRAIL has been further enhanced with the addition of an "Advanced Hill Descent Control" (fitted with a speed-setting function), which can set the desired driving speed suited to road surface conditions, the degree of hill grade or other situations. It has been adopted on 4WD models (except for manual transmission models).

With the addition of the new "20GT" 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual shift mode) model, Nissan now offers an advanced Clean Diesel engine model capable of delivering both superior driving and environmental performance. The X-TRAIL "20GT" is powered by the 2-litre "M9R" Clean Diesel engine that generates, from low RPM range, a level of torque comparable to that of a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine.

In fiscal year 2010, Nissan introduces its two-pillar strategy to reduce CO2 emissions: "zero emissions" and PURE DRIVE. The PURE DRIVE vehicles are designed to achieve top-level-in-class fuel economy for mass-produced models by equipping them with optimal next-generation eco technologies, such as Idling stop, Clean Diesel and Hybrid. The "20GT" is the second in the series of PURE DRIVE vehicles to be introduced in Japan.

Major Changes to the Equipment and Specifications of the X-TRAIL (Common to All Models)


  • Redesigned front grille, front bumper and headlights
  • New LED combination taillights
  • Redesigned 17-inch aluminum wheels, tyre size changed to P225/60R17
  • Choice of seven exterior colours, including Himalayan Khaki (Metallic) and Steel Blue (Metallic), among other exterior refinements


  • "Vehicle Information Display" provided at the centre of the gauges - this display system is fitted with a drive computer function to indicate fuel consumption, cruising range, etc., a maintenance function to show the time to change engine oil and tyres, and an information function to display various warnings
  • Larger size gauges
  • Interior pillar colour changed from grey to the same colour as the instrument panel
  • Cross seat material changed from space fabric to suede-like tricot

Mechanism and Equipment

  • Newly adopted Advanced Hill Descent Control system (with a speed-setting function) for 4WD models - this system enables the driver to set his or her desired driving speed arbitrarily within the range from 4 km/h to 15 km/h, depending on the degree of hill grade
  • Glove compartment with heat-retention and refrigerator functions adopted
  • Three-point seatbelt and a head restraint installed at the centre of the rear seat as standard equipment
  • Intelligent Key system + engine immobiliser provided as standard equipment (except for 20S)
  • 6-speed automatic transmission model added to the 20GT - features a highly distributed lean NOx trap catalyst dedicated to the diesel engine and a high-precision engine management system dedicated to the AT model
  • 18-inch aluminium wheels adopted on 20GT models


*: Registrations of the "X-TRAIL" in the Japan market: April 2007~March 2008: 34,651units, April 2008~March 2009: 27,001units, April 2009~March 2010: 38,179units (Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA) survey). According to JADA classification, SUVs are domestically produced off-road 4WD vehicles (including some 2WD vehicles).
**: Post New Long-term Regulations (Japan's 2009 motor vehicle exhaust emission standards) stipulate that NOx is to be reduced by 47% and PM (particulate matter) by 64% from the levels required by the "New Long-term Regulations" (exhaust emission standards) which have been in effect in Japan since 2005 (applicable to vehicles weighing more than 1,265 kg). The Post New Long-term Regulations went into effect for new models in October 2009 and will apply to existing models and imported cars, starting from September 2010.


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