November 23, 2014: Nissan X-Trail was scheduled to be launched in November this year but, due to some internal reasons, the car will now be launched at the 2016 Auto Expo. The SUV was sold in India between 2004 and 2014 and was discontinued as it failed to gain popularity among the customers. Nissan showcased this third-generation of Nissan X-Trail at the Indonesia International Motor Show 2015 (IIMS 2015). In India, the car will most probably feature a Nissan 2.0 DCi motor, which will be mated to a CVT gearbox.
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Nissan X-Trail is a premium product from the Japanese brand that was discontinued here in India last year. But, the company is putting in all its efforts to bring back this SUV model into the country. Earlier this year, the firm has disclosed the images of its updated or facelifted version and revealed its intentions about a possible re-launch. However, due to some internal issues, the manufacturer has postponed its launch to 2016. It is most likely that the car maker will roll out this SUV at the upcoming auto show in India. Just recently, its was displayed at the Indonesian auto show 2015, where it garnered the attention of auto enthusiasts. There, it looked completely different from its predecessor. It gets a curved front facade with long bonnet section. Also, the side profile along with the rear section have been completely redesigned. The highlights of its exterior styling includes a typical Nissan's V-shaped chrome grille, mighty fenders with alloy wheels and extensive chrome highlights. The build quality of this SUV has seen a significant improvement as compared to its earlier version. Car enthusiasts have been able to get a glimpse of its exteriors at Indonesia. As we can see through the pictures, the cabin section too received major overhaul. It is seen with a dual tone color scheme highlighted by brushed aluminum highlight. Its dashboard has a peculiar design arranged with numerous advanced equipments. There is an infotainment system with color display, an attractive instrument cluster with LCD screen and much more. Its floor console too has a typical design featuring glossy black along with metallic inserts, which renders premium stance to the insides.
As for the cabin space, there is enough room to accommodate a maximum of seven occupants. Speculated to be launched early next year, this SUV may come with a choice of six and seven seater option. There is no information regarding the features, since the vehicle is yet to enter production line for India. However, considering its luxury stature, we can speculate for some of the amenities that it could come with. Some of those include an automatic climate control unit, electrically operated driver's seat, video guided parking assistance package and various sensors including for rain and daylight. Moving on to the safety department, it should host an array of features like engine immobilizer with security code, keyless entry system, an advanced restraint system including airbags along with seatbelts and braking assistance programs. For the Indian markets, this vehicle is rumored to be coming with a 1.6-litre diesel motor paired with a CVT gearbox. However, 2.0-litre dCi oil-burner and a 2.5-litre petrol mills are also on cards.
As we can see through the official pictures, this vehicle has a typical SUV structure with curvy edges all-round. Perhaps, it doesn't have any resemblance to its previous version. To start with front fascia, there is a radiator grille embedded with V-shaped chrome strip along with a company insignia. Surrounding this is the trendy headlight cluster, which are mostly likely to be powered by bi-xenon lamps. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper that houses a wide air dam. Unlike the flat bonnet in its predecessor, it gets a curved one featuring expressive lines on it. Moving on to the sides, we can see a kind of liquid-flow design featuring bigger fenders accompanied with stylish alloy wheels. Also, these wheel arches have been fitted with black strips for an authentic sporty look. The outside mirrors are seen in body color, while the window sills and door handles seemed to have a chrome finish. Also, the ORVM's have been integrated with LED blinkers. Further boosting its appeal are the set of roof rails, which are coated in brushed aluminum. As for the rear section, we can seen a whole new design featuring a bold taillight cluster and a large windscreen. It has a boot lid, which is designed with a license plate console and company's insignia on it. Furthermore, there is a chrome strip above the license plate that further amplifies its dynamic appeal. The rear bumper is in a dual tone color scheme and is further dressed-up with an aluminum cladding.
In India, this SUV is expected to come with a total length of 4630mm along with an overall width of 1785mm. It could stand at a height of 1685mm and the ground clearance may measure about 2630mm. Being an SUV, it should sport a minimum ground clearance of at least about 200mm to be in the competition.
This SUV scores better with regards to its interior styling that its exteriors. The reason is because of the usage of high quality material and because of the type of design it has. As we can see, great importance has been given to the seating arrangement for offering more comfort to the occupants. The seats inside have a specific design with all the bolsters for extra support for the body. In Indonesia, it is seen with a black and beige colored internal cabin. It is further highlighted by brushed metallic along with glossy black accents. Also, we can see that the dashboard housing various equipments like an infotainment unit with color display, an air conditioning system, control switches and not-to-forget the instrument cluster. The steering wheel has the signature Nissan's design with three spokes, which is mounted with multi-functional switches. It is still unclear, whether the firm will introduce it as a six seater or a seven seater. However, there is enough room to provide a comfortable accommodation for seven occupants. We can also expect for some essential utilities like power sockets, storage boxes, cabin lights, map pockets, drink holders and other such facilities.
This soon to be launched vehicle is sure to come with innovative functions and features on board. One of the most important feature that we can expect is the cruise control system with buttons mounted on steering wheel. This helps to maintain a specific speed level on the highways as set by the driver. Also, one can expect an automatic air con system with dual zone conditioning along with rear AC vents as well. The driver's seat should have an electrical adjustment facility along with memory. Apart from these, it could sport features like rear manual curtains, pocket lighting front, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, auto foldable outside rear view mirrors and front center armrest with storage box. Some of the other features including rear window electric defogger, parking assistance function, rear view camera and panoramic sunroof are also expected with this SUV.
As for the reports, this SUV is said to be coming with a centrally mounted fuel tank with a storage capacity of 65 litres. The boot compartment capacity is claimed to be 479 litres, which can be increased further by folding the rear seat.
It is too early to estimate the acceleration and pick-up figures of this third-generation X-Trail. It depends completely on the size of the engine, weight of the vehicle and other aerodynamic factors, which we can disclose only after its official launch. However, it is expected to be a decent performer in this regard.
This upcoming SUV is rumored to be coming with a 1.6-litre diesel engine. It is a 4-cylindered mill with common rail fuel injection technology. This DOHC based engine is capable of churning out 128bhp of maximum power along with a torque of 200Nm. There is another 4-cylindered oil-burner sizing about 2.0-litres. It could undergo some modifications for better power output. Other one is a 2.5-litre petrol mill, which is capable of churning out 175bhp of power and 244Nm of peak torque. However, this mill may not make it to India considering lesser demand for petrol mills.
As mentioned earlier, the SUV is said to be coming with a Renault sourced 1.6-litre R9M diesel engine, which is expected to give away a mileage of around 18 Kmpl. Another oil-burner, a 2.0-litre mill is expected to generate a maximum mileage of 15 Kmpl, while the 2.5-litre petrol motor could produce approximately 13 Kmpl.
The 1.6-litre, four cylindered mill could produce a power of 128bhp along with 320Nm of torque, while the 2.0-litre mill may generate 147hp along with 200Nm of power and torque respectively. As for the 2.5-litre mill, it could churn out 175bhp of power and 244Nm of peak torque.
This model lineup will surely be equipped with a sophisticated music system along with a touchscreen display. It should also sport Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming through mobile devices. It may also feature a CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface, Aux-in port and iPod connectivity. For ease of operation, a multi-functional steering wheel is expected to come as a standard feature. In addition to these, the buyers can decorate the vehicle with accessories of their choice. Its exteriors can be customize bonnet scoops, splash guards, hood air deflector, fog light kit, door visors, rear spoiler and many other such aspects.
In terms of suspension, its front axle should be getting an independent strut type of mechanism, while the rear axle could be assembled with multi link type of a suspension. To aid this mechanism further, both these axles are expected to be assembled with coil spring and stabilizer bar. As for the braking, all the four wheels are most likely to be fitted with ventilated discs as standard. Also, features like ABS along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist should make it to the safety section. Besides these, the car maker should also offer a power assisted steering system, which aids in handling this SUV with ease.
As of now, there is no information pertaining to the number of trims and features that this SUV will come with. Considering the fact that this is a premium SUV, we can expect some state-of-art safety features for a stress free driving experience. Its entry level trims might host standard features like remote control entry system, three point seat belts with retractable and load limiting function, rear door child lock and an engine immobilizer. In addition to these, it is also expected to come with features like electric parking brake, rear defogger, active front headrests as well as day and night internal rear view mirror. On the other hand, braking assistance programs like ABS with EBD along with electronic stability program are also expected with this SUV.
In India, the manufacturer may offer this SUV in multiple trims. Its base variants might feature a classy set of 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped with tubeless radial tyres of size 215/65 R16. While the other variants could get light alloy wheels of size 17 inches. They should get 215/60 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres for excellent road grip.
1. Spacious internal cabin with luxurious seating arrangement.
2. It scores good marks with regards to styling.
3. Its features are expected to be good.
4. Braking and suspension mechanism should be efficient.
1. Fuel efficiency is expected to be on lower side.
2. Presently, after sales service is not up to the mark.
3. Initial cost of ownership could be on the higher side.