A new version of the Nissan X-Trail has been unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, with the large SUV set to go on sale in Europe next year using similar technology to Nissan’s Qashqai family SUV.
The brand has also confirmed some Europe-specific information for this fourth-generation X-Trail, with the car available in this market with Nissan’s e-Power hybrid powertrain from launch.
It moves onto the CMF-C platform that underpins the latest Qashqai. Designed with the adoption of the brand’s hybrid e-Power powertrain in mind, it uses the same set-up as the Qashqai. A variable compression ratio 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that charges a compact battery, which supplies an electric motor for a total of 184bhp and 330Nm of torque on offer.
This allows the combustion engine to run at its optimum level for efficiency, lowering emissions and improving fuel consumption, while also, according to Nissan, giving the feel of driving an electric car, given the wheels are driven by electric motors.
Nissan says the four-wheel drive version will give the new X-Trail “rugged versatility” and improve ability off-road, with the all-wheel-drive system configurable for snow, gravel or mud, helping boost confidence in bad conditions.
The styling follows the latest Qashqai’s too, with a more pronounced V-Motion grille and narrow headlight units. The SUV boasts some strong, angular styling lines giving it a chunkier look to its softer-surfaced predecessor, while at the rear shallow tail-light units, a big silver insert for the bumper and a contrasting roof complete the look.
The new CMF-C platforms means the X-Trail will also be available with a third row of seats, offering seven-seat capability for larger families.
The interior will pack more advanced kit, including more driver assistance systems to help safety in this family-oriented machine, while the upgraded platform will also help boost refinement and dynamic performance, according to Nissan.
The fourth-generation X-Trail completes Nissan’s overhaul of its SUV line-up, which started in late 2019 with the second-generation Juke, followed by the Ariya all-electric model and the exclusively hybrid new Qashqai, revealed towards the start of this year.
With the X-Trail’s on-sale date some way off in 2022 and the car only just unveiled, Nissan hasn’t yet revealed pricing, but given the new platform and the increase in technology on offer, expect the new car to rise over the outgoing model’s £26,835 starting price.
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