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22 March, 2013 : Nissan X-Trail , while being an excellent product, has not been able to fare quite as well as it has at the global level. Therefore, Nissan India has decided to phase out the X-Trail and will instead introduce 3 new SUVs into the market. Of these 3 SUVs, we already know the upcoming Nissan version of the Duster, where the front fascia is expected to be similar to that of the X-Trail. The Nissan Duster is expected to carry a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The second SUV will be a replacement of the X-Trail and will possibly be a 7-seater crossover with better styling to improve its sales. Lastly, we expect a B-segment compact SUV for which there have been no details so far.
NMIPL (Nissan Motor India Private Limited) is the fully owned auxiliary of Japanese car maker. It has a profitable fleet of cars in Indian automobile market. The company has announced about the re-launch of its discontinued SUV Nissan X-Trail in the Indian car market with updated features. Previously this SUV was being imported as a CBU (completely built-up unit). It has been recently displayed at the Thailand international auto show. It will be launched in other countries sometime this year, but the company has not officially confirmed the launch date. It is expected that this sports utility vehicle will make its Indian debut soon owing to its vast fan following. It is slated that this SUV will come in the market with complete makeover and a new look. It is going to blessed with eye-catching exteriors along with spacious internal cabin, which will surely lure the car enthusiasts. To begin with its outer look, it has been designed with a signature radiator grille, which is fitted with a typical V-shaped chrome strip. It is flanked by a well sculptured headlight cluster with bright lamps and side turn indicator. The body colored bumper house a large perforated air intake section, which is flanked by a couple of fog lamps. It also has day time running lights that give the frontage a distinct look. Apart from these, it also has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, silver cladding under the bumper, a large windscreen with a pair of intermittent wipers, a set of alloy wheels and many other such aspects.
The insides of this yet to be launched vehicle have been done up luxuriantly and has a lot of practical aspects in it. The seating arrangement gives ample leg room along with apt head and shoulder space to all the occupants. The seats are covered with premium upholstery that adds to the stylishness of the cabin. There is a powerful air conditioning system, which cools the entire cabin within no time and it also has rear AC vents. The sophisticated audio system augments the in-cabin ambiance and makes the driving experience pleasurable for the passengers. It has a driver oriented cockpit, where all these features are ergonomically designed and easy to reach. Its dashboard is equipped with several aspects like chrome accentuated AC vents, an advanced infotainment system with an eight inch touchscreen, a four spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches and many other such aspects. Apart from these, in terms of safety this crossover is packed with a lot of advanced features including a blind spot detection, smart parking assist system, autonomous emergency braking and many other such aspects. It is expected to be fitted with an advanced engine immobilizer with security alarm, which prevents the vehicle from theft. It also has a number of utility based comfort features, which will certainly entice the customers. Some
of these include a double folding reclining rear seat for bringing in more luggage, a power steering system with tilt adjustable function, premium leather upholstery, an electric tilt/slide sunroof, cruise control for a better driving experience, keyless entry with an automatic door lock system and many more such features. All these features put together makes it one of the good looking, safest and comfortable vehicles in its segment.
Speculated to be out soon, this sports utility vehicle is expected to be packed with the same technical specifications, which are being sold in global car market. It will be available in two petrol engines, which are incorporated with an advanced fuel supply system. Its 2.0-litre engine comes with a displacement capacity of 1995cc. It has the capacity of churning out a maximum power and torque outputs of 142bhp and 200Nm respectively. On the other hand, its 2.5-litre power plant can churn out 168.6bhp of power output in combination with 233Nm of torque. Both these engines are mated with an efficient 7-step X tronic CVT gear box with manual mode. It might come with both two wheel and four wheel drive options for the buyers to choose from. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient. Its braking mechanism is further reinforced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. At the same time, its decent ground clearance will make it perfect for off-roading. It will compete against the likes of Mahindra XUV 500, Honda CR V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and others in this segment.
It is expected that this SUV is coming in the Indian car market with a rugged body structure, which is fitted with a number of styling aspects. The overall body structure is aerodynamic and it has a tough, masculine look, which will certainly flatter the customers. The front fascia has a broad radiator grille, which is fitted with a V-shaped chrome strip. The prominent company large insignia is embossed on the radiator grille. It is flanked by a trendy headlight cluster, which will be powered by high intensity bi-xenon lamps that gives a clear vision to the driver and also has side turn blinkers integrated in them. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper that houses a wide air dam for cooling the powerful engine. This air intake section is expected to be flanked by a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps, which further enhance the vision of the driver. The bonnet is sleek with clear character lines that adds to the elegance. The windscreen is made up of toughened laminated glass and is equipped with a couple of intermittent wipers. The other windows are made of adiabatic UV cut glass, which protects the occupants from harmful sun rays. The side profile is smooth and flowing with flared up wheel arches and some strong expressive lines. It has body colored external rear view mirrors, which are electrically adjustable and have been fitted with side turn blinkers. The company has also given a thick skirting all over the bodyline in the lower part of this SUV to avoid any minor scratches and damage in heavy traffic. The neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a stylish set of steel or alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The rear end is designed with quite a few striking features, which will certainly be liked by the customers. The windscreen is rather large and gives a very good view to the driver while reversing. It is accompanied by a wiper and wash function along with defogger as well. For giving a sporty appearance, it is also equipped with a rear spoiler that is integrated with LED high mounted stop lamp. The vertically placed tail lamps are quite radiant and integrated with halogen based reverse and brake lights along with side turn blinkers. The tail gate is very smoothly operated from inside and also has the regular badging of the company and a thick chrome strip. The body colored bumper is fitted with a couple of fog lamps and it also has a pair of reflectors as well to add to the safety aspect. The roof gets a panoramic sun/moon roof, which can be operated from inside and adds to the classiness. Then there is a roof mounted antenna for better reception of the FM radio. While there are a couple of stylish roof rails integrated.
The overall dimensions of this massive SUV are expected to be very liberal and spacious. It can accommodates five passengers without any difficulty and provide them with ample leg room along with suitable shoulder and head space. The total length is about 4630mm along with an overall width of 1785mm, which also includes external rear view mirrors as well. Then the decent height is 1685mm and it also has a roomy wheelbase of 2630mm, which is very impressive. The minimum ground clearance is 200mm, which is quite incredible and makes it capable for off-roading. The approximate kerb weight of this SUV ranges between 1618 Kgs to 1663 Kgs that depends on the variant.
Along with the stylish exteriors, it is expected that the company has also done up the insides of this SUV with a lot of classiness and have equipped it with some top of the line features and gadgets, which will certainly entice the customers. The inside doors handles and parking lever have chrome finishing that further add to a classy look. It has a smooth black dashboard that is equipped with a few aspects like an advanced instrument panel with lots of functions, a multi-functional steering wheel with several control buttons, AC vents and an illuminated glove box with cooling effect. In terms of seating, it is incorporated with well cushioned seats that are covered with leather or fabric upholstery depending on the variants. The driver seat can be electronically adjusted in accordance with the requirement of the driver, while it also has a two stage heating operation for added comfort for the driver while on longer distance drives. While the rear seat is foldable and comes with proper lumbar support. Its rear seat is split foldable, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. Apart from all this, it also has a leather wrapped steering wheel, a luggage floor tray to properly manage the luggage, cabin light, day and night inside rear view mirror, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, a sunglass holder, a keyless entry system with an automatic door lock and many other such aspects. The advanced supervision cluster is integrated with a lot of functions including a low fuel warning light, driver seat belt reminder notification, an electronic tripmeter, a tachometer, a digital clock, external temperature display, digital odometer and many other warning and notifications for keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it also has a couple of power outlets both in front and rear for charging accessories like mobiles, i-Pod and other electronic devices. In addition to these, it also has some standard features like puddle lamps, rear center arm rest with cup holders, MT gear shift indicator (for manual variant), mood lamps, automatic headlamp leveling device, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, sun glass holder, an inside rear view mirror with anti glare function, a pair of rain sensing wipers, active ECO mode and smart key with push button start. It has a tilt adjustable power steering system, which is quite responsive and makes handling convenient even in heavy traffic conditions.
This upcoming vehicle is expected to be fitted with a lot of innovative comfort features, which makes this vehicle quite luxurious and gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It has a sophisticated music system, which is equipped with radio with AM and FM tuner, an integrated MP3/CD player along with a remote control. It has four speakers for the base variant, while the other variants get six speakers for enhanced in-cabin ambiance. It is being offered with direct controls of audio and calls, which are mounted on a multi functional steering wheel. The cruise control buttons are also integrated on this steering wheel, which maintains a specific speed on the highways as set by the driver. One of the most important features of this sports utility vehicle is the presence of an efficient dual zone air conditioning system, which has fully automatic temperature control function and rear AC vents for cooling entire cabin in no time. It is also equipped with cluster ionizer for purifying the cabin air. But it is expected that the base level trim will get manual HVAC unit. The driver's seat can be adjusted in eight different ways, which helps the driver to select a comfortable sitting position depending on the height and weight of the person. Apart from these, it also has 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. On the other hand, we can expect its top end trim to have features like rear window electric defogger and parking assistance function, rear view camera, panoramic sunroof and more other things, which will entice the customers and adds to the convenience level.
This SUV has been equipped with a centrally mounted fuel tank, which can easily store up to 65 litres of fuel in it. It is quite good for planning for long drives. The boot compartment capacity is about 479 litres, which can be further increased to a maximum limit of 603 litres. The plush internal cabin of this upcoming SUV is quite spacious and can easily accommodate at least seven people. The wheelbase is quite large and offers ample leg room along with head and shoulder space to its occupants.
With the help of a seven speed automatic transmission gear box, the 1995cc engine can attain a top speed in the range of 180 to 90 Kmph. While it takes about 11 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill. At the same time, its other petrol motor enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed in the range of 185 to 195 Kmph that is quite good for this segment. Whereas, it can accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in close to 9.5 seconds.
As per the speculations, the company is going to launch this model series in two petrol engine options, which are currently available in other global markets. Its2.0-litre petrol power plant comes with a displacement capacity of 1995cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This engine has the capacity of churning out a 142bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 200Nm at just 4400rpm. On the other hand, the commanding 2.5-litre power plant can displace 2476cc. It is blessed with the same valve configuration. These four cylinder based motors can generate a whopping power of 168.6bhp at 6000rpm and it yields a hammering torque output of 233Nm at just 4000rpm. Both these engines are mated with a seven speed X-Tronic automatic transmission gear box with manual mode. It is expected that this upcoming vehicle will arrive in Indian car market with both two wheel and four wheel drive options for the customers to choose from.
The company has fitted this utility vehicle with a 2.0-litre, dual overhead cam shaft based petrol engine, which is incorporated with direct injection fuel supply system. It allows the vehicle to generate a maximum mileage between 11 to 14 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. On the other hand, the 2.5-litre power plant can produce 10 Kmpl within the city limits and about 13 Kmpl on the bigger roads, which is rather decent for Indian road conditions.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine is rather powerful for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This engine has the ability to displace 1995cc and has been equipped with a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) for generating pertinent power and torque output. It can churn out a maximum power of 142bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a pounding torque of 200Nm at 4400rpm, which is quite impressive. On the other hand, its slightly powerful 2.5-litre can produce a peak power of 168.6bhp at 6000rpm and yields a commanding torque output of 233Nm at 4000rpm.
This model lineup will surely be equipped with a sophisticated music system and it is anticipated that it will come with touchscreen display and six speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing mobile phones and audio streaming. This music system supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface, Aux-in port and iPod connectivity. There is also a roof mounted antenna for better reception of FM radio. The controls of this audio unit are mounted on the leather wrapped steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient for the driver. In addition to these, the buyers can decorate the vehicle with their choice of accessories. These additional features are auxiliary cable, i-Pad holder, DVD entertainment, scuff plates, cargo liner, portable cooler, dash and floor mats. Apart from these, exteriors can be customize with headlight and bonnet protectors, splash guards, hood air deflector, fog light kit, door visors, rear spoiler and many other such aspects.
The company has also equipped this compact SUV with a robust braking system along with a sturdy suspension mechanism, which helps in giving the occupants a trouble free driving experience. The front axle is fitted with an independent strut type of a suspension mechanism, while the rear axle gets a multi link type of a system. Both these axles are further assisted by coil spring and stabilizer bar. On the other hand, the front and rear wheels are assembled with a set of ventilated discs and solid disc brakes, which helps in efficient braking on any terrain. It is equipped with ABS along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist to further augment the braking system of this vehicle. The cabin is incorporated with a power steering system, which is tilt adjustable. It is quite responsive and makes it easy to handle the vehicle even on peak traffic conditions.
It is expected that the company is going to give this yet to be launched vehicle a number of protective features for giving a stress free driving experience. We can also expect it to host an array of protective aspects that are helpful for safeguarding the passengers inside. There are seat belts available for all its occupants with pretensioners and load limiters at front. It also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. It is incorporated with reverse parking assist which assists in parking the vehicle safely. The mid range and top end trims are expects to house aspects like dual front airbags, and parking sensors. It is expected to be fitted with an advanced engine immobilizer, which safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry. While 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. However, it is too early say anything in this regard, since the company is still has not confirmed the official launch date. In addition to these, it is also expected to come with features like an adaptive all wheel drive system, front and rear fog lamps, electric parking brake, rear defogger, active front headrests as well as day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror. The vehicle is bestowed with a disc braking mechanism that is quite efficient and helps to keep it under control. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution mechanism as well as brake assist, which improves its braking abilities.
The pronounced wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of 16-inch alloy wheels for the base variant, which have been covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 215/65 R16. While the other variants get a set of light alloy wheels of size 17x6 1/2 J, which have been covered with 215/60 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres that have a sturdy road grip. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed below the luggage compartment and it is a common feature across all the variants.
1. Spacious cabin with a lot of innovative safety aspects.
2. Arresting new look adds to its advantage.
3. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pickup.
4. Decent ground clearance of 200mm is a big plus point and makes it capable for off-roading.
5. Braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient.
1. There is still scope for improving its internal design.
2. Fuel efficiency can be made better.
3. After sales service is not up to the mark.
4. Initial cost of ownership is too high.
5. Slightly difficult to maneuver on city roads because of its size.
The Japanese multinational automaker Nissan is a renowned manufacturer of both petrol and diesel engines. Nissan blessed this X-Trail SUV with with a 2.0-litre, DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) based...