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Nissan's new X-TRAIL
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16th September, 2013
- New X-TRAIL builds on Nissan’s 4x4 heritage
- Stylish, comfortable and quiet, yet highly capable off-road
- Fully connected via new NissanConnect system with suite of applications
- Nissan Safety Shield with an extended range of safety features
- Two and four-wheel drive options
- Seven seat option and flexible luggage area
Packed with technology, the new Nissan X-TRAIL has made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
Building on Nissan’s respected 4x4 heritage but adding world-leading cross-over know-how, the new X-TRAIL improves
Nissan's compact SUV.
The US version, called the Nissan Rogue, is the model on show in Frankfurt. As a high-volume global growth product
built on the new jointly-developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, the new model is
expected to be available in 190 countries around the world.
At the same time as enhancing its predecessor’s go-anywhere credibility, new X-TRAIL takes inspiration from other
Nissan cross-overs – Qashqai, JUKE and Murano – to make an all weather, highly capable, modern family vehicle.
New X-TRAIL is just as tough and accomplished as the previous generation model, but adds cross-over style and
efficiency, exciting design, innovative technology and exceptional comfort to set a new benchmark in the fiercely
competitive C-SUV market.
A very important car for Nissan, the X-TRAIL will be built at nine different manufacturing sites around the world for
a vast array of markets. The new X-TRAIL will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 with worldwide sales starting in
Globally, its predecessor was one of the company’s biggest selling vehicles and the new version is expected to make a
significant contribution to Nissan Power 88, the company’s mid-term business plan covering fiscal years 2011-2016.
The design brief behind new X-TRAIL was to blend the sleek and stylish lines of a modern cross-over with the robust
appeal of a typical SUV. In place of the rugged, squared off lines of the previous generation, new X-TRAIL has a dynamic
Sculptured lines make for a distinctive silhouette framed by elegant curves and high wheel arches and feature a number
of Nissan signature cues such as the ‘boomerang’ rear lights, structured headlights with LED daytime running lamps and
the characteristic D-pillar shape. LED headlights – for both high and low beams – are standard on high grade models while
19-inch alloy wheels also give new X-TRAIL an imposing look.
Inside, the features list include chrome, geometric metallic and piano black finishes. Options include a sophisticated
cloth fabric covering plus a full leather offering with contrasting stitch accents. The spacious interior has
theatre-style seating and the option of two extra seats to make room for seven inside.
Practical touches include rear side doors that open to almost 80 degrees – far wider than normal – to allow not just
easy access but also to ease the loading and unloading of a child’s safety seat. Middle row seat comfort has been
improved thanks to extra knee room generated by the longer wheelbase and the new front seats having more heavily sculpted
The second row seats recline and slide while, where fitted, the third row folds forward when not in use to increase
Helpful touches include, for example, a large between-the-seats console box. The box itself is large enough to take an
iPad or 10-inch tablet.
The versatility pioneered in the previous model goes further in new X-TRAIL thanks to a smart and innovative double
load floor providing flexible storage options.
The cargo area can be portioned into upper and lower areas in a simple single-handed move. In its top most position,
the board can hold up to 10 kilogrammes of luggage, or 75 kilogrammes in its lower position. This split cargo solution
enables the user to store, for example, a stroller and large items below while providing a fully usable upper load
surface for smaller, lighter items.
In addition, access to the luggage area has also been made as easy as possible with remote operation of the power
The result is a dynamic mix of progressive exterior styling with a spacious, functional and high quality interior.
New X-TRAIL will be one of the most advanced cars on the road when sales start next year. Fully connected, X-TRAIL is
the first model to benefit from the latest generation NissanConnect in-car navigation, information and entertainment
system. Drivers will also benefit from a comprehensive suite of assistance features that make up the X-Trail’s Nissan
Safety Shield system.
As has become expected practice from Nissan, all the features have practical benefits to make life easier for the
driver and occupants.
New NissanConnect is one of the foremost examples of Nissan’s engineering innovation. In its latest form,
NissanConnect has evolved to offer Smartphone connectivity, to keep owners connected to the outside world wherever their
journey takes them. With access to a projected range of apps covering music, networking, entertainment and travel through
a 7-inch colour touch screen, the new NissanConnect is a the perfect fit for new X-TRAIL.
The latest generation satellite navigation integrates with Google® to reveal a host of useful information from weather
forecasts to the location of fuel stations, hotels, restaurants and many other points of interest. The ever-popular
send-to-car function also allows drivers to plan a trip at home and send it to their in-car NissanConnect system at the
click of a button. The system includes Bluetooth audio streaming and mobile phone integration as well as Aux-in and USB
In addition to mobile phone integration, the system also includes Bluetooth audio streaming The driver also benefits
from one of the most advanced meter displays yet seen with 5 inch TFT colour display incorporating no fewer than 12
graphic displays accessible on rotation offering advice and warnings covering such things as average and actual speeds,
navigation turn-by-turn instructions, audio content, traffic sign recognition, eco driving advice and torque distribution
settings in 4WD mode.
The new X-TRAIL adopts Nissan’s advanced electronic four-wheel drive system, ALL MODE 4x4i. Controlled via a rotary
switch on the centre console, it offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent
In the ‘default’ Auto mode, the system constantly monitors throttle opening, engine speed and torque to anticipate
wheel spin and to distribute torque between front and rear axles as needed, at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
Above that speed, the system reacts to wheel-spin, again shifting drive rearwards to restore traction as required. For
tricky conditions and at low speeds, Lock gives new X-TRAIL permanent four-wheel drive, while drivers also have the
option of a two-wheel drive only version.
Ready to exceed the expectations of compact SUV drivers, four electronic systems have been designed to make life with
X-TRAIL more comfortable and even safer: two are world firsts and a third is currently found on the premium Infiniti
The two world firsts are Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake. Active Ride Control monitors the road surface to
detect undulations which could potentially upset the pitch of the car body and alters the damping to compensate. Active
Engine Brake, meanwhile, harnesses the power and controllability of the Xtronic transmission to add a degree of engine
braking while cornering or when decelerating to a standstill. The benefits are greater braking control and enhanced feel
with less pedal effort.
The third system, pioneered in the premium segment, is Active Trace Control. By using on board sensors to monitor
speed, steering angle, throttle opening and braking effort, Active Trace Control brakes wheels individually, as required,
to reduce understeer and help the driver steer a safer path through bends: it is particularly effective on slippery, wet
Finally new X-TRAIL benefits from Uphill Start Support and Advance Hill Descent Control.
During new X-TRAIL’s development, refinement, environment and economy targets were to be best in class.
This has been achieved on all counts by reducing weight wherever possible, even though new X-TRAIL has a larger
surface area than the previous model. The tailgate, for example, is largely plastic, saving seven kilogrammes.
A great deal of attention has been paid to the car’s aerodynamics with carefully shaped door mirrors, and even a
spoiler that covers the exhaust box and rear panel.
Engineering innovation will also allow new X-TRAIL to lead its class in terms of engine efficiency thanks to
downsizing. By reducing power sapping friction in its drivetrains, new X-TRAIL provides excellent performance from the
latest generation of downsized engines, providing the pace of a bigger powerplant with the economy and emissions of a
Further details of new Nissan X-TRAIL engine and model line-up will be released closer to the car’s on sale date next