There is no denying that the first- and second-generation X-Trail was boxy and, for lack of a better word, ugly. For 2014, Nissan redesigned the X-Trail, ushering in a new generation and a more modern design that puts it leagues ahead of the outgoing model. On the outside, the X-Trail takes styling cues from the rest of Nissan’s crossover and SUV lineup, featuring the V-Motion grille, a heavily revised front fascia, new exterior lighting modules, and a sleek side profile. It should also be noted that the new X-Trail also drops that boxy, 80s-looking rear end for a more modern look that should appeal to the masses. Inside, The X-Trail benefits from more space, better ergonomics, the latest iteration of Nissan’s NissanConnect system with a seven-inch display and smartphone connectivity. The downfall of the new X-Trail is the underpowered boredom box under the hood. The 1.6-liter diesel engine delivers a laughable 128 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, which means its looks better be good enough if it stands a chance against models like the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V.

According to Nissan, the new X-Trail “combines Nissan’s 4x4 heritage with fresh ideas and technologies inspired by its ground-breaking crossover models.” Even with an available all-wheel drive system, the X-Trails ability to conquer anything in the dirt is more than questionable. With 128 horsepower, you might have a better chance off-roading in a Honda Civic. Be that as it may, the new X-Trail is still a huge departure from the outgoing model, and it does have the modern look going for it. So, with that said, take a look at our full review below and make your own opinion about the new Nissan X-Trail.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Nissan X-Trail.

  • 2015 Nissan X-Trail
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    128 @ 4000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    236 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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For its third-generation refresh, the X-Trail received a slew of styling updates that visually put it leagues beyond the outgoing model. The aesthetics are far less dowdy, and go hand-in-hand with the restyled Qashqai in terms of adding muscle, sharpness and a hint of aggression.

Also like the Qashqai, the X-Trail is built on the Common Module Family (CMF) platform, a joint venture between Nissan and Renault, to reduce development costs and improve manufacturing efficiency, both of which translate into lower prices for the consumer.

The new design language is much less SUV and leans decidedly towards the crossover side of things.

The new design language is much less SUV and leans decidedly towards the crossover side of things. In front, the chunky, squarish-looking fascia has been remodeled into a crisp, pointed beak. The headlights are now much more angular and come equipped with an LED signature strip, while the lines for the front bumper and upper and lower grille are smoother and stronger. The chrome elements in the upper grille are exaggerated, but overall, the look has simplified. It appears much more modern and street-wise than the lifted-up second gen.

This low-slung attitude is repeated in the profile, where the boxy roofline has been tossed in favor of swoops and streamlined smoothness. The D-pillar in particular shows this new flair, with far more angle than the upright D-pillar from the previous model. Rather than the old model’s black trim, the windows on the new X-Trail use a polished metal for the surround. The wheel arches hug the tires and body more closely, and are lined with dent-resistant plastic, an element that wraps around the bottom perimeter of the car front to back.

In the rear, the taillights are moved laterally, no longer bookending the hatch. This emphasizes the car’s width and visually flattens its height. A trailing-edge roof spoiler adds flamboyance. 

Dimensionally, the new X-trail is 0.67 inch longer than the outgoing model, which adds to the wheelbase for more interior space. Width has also increased by 1.18 inches, while height has decreased by 0.2 inch. Ground clearance remains the same: 8.27 inches. 

While larger, the third-gen X-Trail sheds some pounds thanks to new ultra-high-strength steel that now accounts for 49 percent of the body’s construction. You’ll also find plastic used in the tailgate, saving roughly 15 pounds, while the front and rear bumper assemblies have been thinned. These changes netted nearly 200 pounds in weight savings. 

Aerodynamically, the new body has more surface area than the previous model, but features like the redesigned door mirrors and underfloor spoiler covering the exhaust and rear panel help make the X-Trail much more efficient. The new aero and lower curb weight combine to make the most of the downsized engine.

LED daytime running lights are standard on higher-trim levels, complementing the Bi-LED headlights. Nissan says the new lighting source provides “whiter, clearer light than Xenon bulbs” while using half the power. 

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,643 MM (182.79 Inches)
Overall width 1,820 MM (71.65 Inches)
Overall height 1,695 MM (66.73 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,706 MM (106.53 Inches)

Interior

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Inside the X-Trail, there’s more space, better ergonomics, and several new features. Starting in the front, the main dash features a split-level design that houses the infotainment system and climate controls. An Advanced Drive-Assist Display is placed in a 5-inch color touchscreen located between the two main dials. This display is used for a variety of purposes, including providing the driver with vehicle information and updates from the X-Trails various safety systems.

The central console contains the latest iteration of the NissanConnect system, using a 7-inch HD touchscreen to help increase connectivity with smartphones and other mobile devices.

Trim and materials include chrome, piano black and leather with contrasting stitching. The door armrest pads and center-console pad are thicker for improved comfort. There’s also a large storage box between the seats big enough to store an iPad or 10-inch tablet.

Ambient lighting and ventilation are improved by an electrically operated glass panoramic roof, a feature Nissan claims is the biggest available in its class.

Each seat in the X-Trail’s three rows has been arranged in a “theater-style" layout, which means the mounting points for the second and third rows are higher than those in front, providing good space and visibility for all the passengers onboard.

Each seat in the X-Trail’s three rows has been arranged in a “theater-style layout,” which means the mounting points for the second and third rows are higher than those in front, providing good space and visibility for all the passengers onboard. The second row offers slide and recline functions that allow for easier rearrangement when fitting large items into the back. The optional third-row seats fold flat for storage. Nissan claims that second-row passengers get “best-in-sector” legroom, largely in part to the extended wheelbase and the design of the backs of the front seats.

The front seats were designed with inspiration from NASA to provide reduced fatigue on longer drives. This is done through improved spinal support for optimal blood flow through the body.

The double load floor can be arranged in up to nine configurations for more versatile storage solutions, with the cargo area organized into upper and lower areas quickly and simply. In the top position, the board can support up to 22 pounds of luggage, while that figure is bumped up to 165 pounds in the middle position. The split cargo design creates a multi-tiered approach that can accommodate a wide range of items. Access in back is also improved with a remotely operated power tailgate.

The latest generation of the NissanConnect infotainment system offers smartphone connectivity with a range of app support for music, social networking, entertainment and travel. There’s also satellite navigation that integrates features by Google for info on weather forecasts, gas station locations, hotels, restaurants and other points of interest. A Send-to-Car function helps drivers plan a trip in their home before sending it to the nav system. Also included are Bluetooth audio streaming, auxiliary inputs and USB slots. The system can send turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio content, traffic-sign recognition info and similar data to the 5-inch TFT color display presented to the driver.

Nissan’s Around View Monitor helps drivers more easily maneuver the X-Trail’s increased size into the appropriate parking spot, using a bird’s eye view to guide them. For parallel parking, Nissan’s Intelligent Park Assist can assess the size of the spot, then steer while the driver controls forward and reverse.

Nissan also offers something it calls Safety Shield, which is an assortment of features in line with the automaker’s commitment “to produce commercially viable autonomous vehicles by 2020.” These automated functions include Forward Emergency Braking, which utilizes radar systems to detect a rapidly closing distance to the car in front, emitting an audible warning to the driver. If he fails to act on this warning the brakes are applied.

There’s also Driver Attention Alert, which learns your unique driving style, then monitors inputs for erratic behavior, warning the driver to take a break when needed. Traffic Sign Recognition can detect speed limit signs using a front-facing camera, even adjusting its suggested velocities for both wet and dry weather conditions.

Lane Departure Warning does exactly what you’d expect, warning the driver when moving outside road markings without using the turn signals. The Around View Monitor informs the Blind Spot Warning system, illuminating a light in the door mirror when a vehicle is detected. If the driver signals a lane change while a vehicle is in the blind spot, the light flashes and an audible warning is sounded.

The Around View Monitor also combines with the front and rear parking sensors for the Moving Object Detection system. When stationary, if something moves in front of one of the four outward facing cameras, the system will chime a warning and highlight the area where the movement was detected. This is assisted with a rear wide-view AVM camera that has a field of vision in excess of 180 degrees. Images are then displayed on the 7-inch screen in the cabin.

Finally, there’s High Beam Assist, which detects oncoming traffic to quickly switch between headlight low and high beams.

Drivetrain

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While Nissan says it’ll add a turbocharged 1.6-liter DIG-T gasoline unit with 161 horsepower to the line sometime later this year, the new X-Trail comes with only a single engine option at launch for European customers – a turbocharged 1.6-liter dCi with 128 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It’s part of Nissan’s move towards smaller, turbocharged engines with higher efficiency and lower emissions, a strategy also seen in the wide range of engines on the new Qashqai. Outside of Europe, there’s also a 2.0-liter gas option with 143 horsepower and a 2.5-liter gas option with 170 horsepower.

The European 1.6-liter diesel unit produces the same torque figures as the 2.0-liter dCi unit it replaces, but does so with less fuel and less CO2 from the tailpipe. Performance looks like a run from 0-to-60 mph in 10.5 seconds, with a top speed of 117 mph. All of the engine’s torque is available at just 1,750 rpm, giving the small SUV sufficient grunt anywhere in the rev range.

Like the car’s chassis, the engine is part of Nissan’s joint venture with Renault and uses a variety of technologies to help maximize cleanliness and fuel economy. These include a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust-gas recirculation system that “recycles exhaust gas at a lower temperature to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2.” There’s also optimized thermal management to help the powerplant get to operating temperature more quickly, reducing friction losses from cold starts.

Like the car’s chassis, the engine is part of Nissan’s joint venture with Renault and uses a variety of technologies to help maximize cleanliness and fuel economy.

Layouts include both two- and all-wheel drive. With two-wheel drive and manual transmission, the 1.6-liter engine produces only 129 g/km of emissions. Automatic gearboxes bump this figure up to 135 g/km. AWD models make 139 g/km, which is an 18 percent decrease over the previous generation.

For transmissions, customers can choose either a six-speed manual or XTronic automatic. The auto box is only available on two-wheel-drive layouts. While essentially a CVT, Nissan says the XTronic auto “mimics the behaviour of traditional, multi-ratio automatic gearboxes during hard acceleration, with stepped changes. In more gentle driving, the ratios are subtly adjusted to give ultimate smoothness.”

The all-wheel-drive system is Nissan’s latest-generation ALL MODE 4x4-i, a feature the automaker hopes will maintain the X-Trail’s dubious off-road capability. This electronic AWD system is controlled by a rotary switch on the center console and offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode, or Lock for permanent power to all four corners.

In the default Auto mode, the system monitors throttle inputs, engine speed, and available torque in anticipation of wheel spin, distributing power between the front and rear axles at speeds up to 50 mph. Beyond 50 mph, power is shifted rearward to restore traction as needed. For slower, rougher terrain, the Lock mode provides good traction.

Electronic driver’s aids include Active Ride Control, which monitors the road surface for undulations that could potentially upset the chassis, altering damping settings in the process. There’s also Active Engine Brake, which uses the XTronic transmission to help slow the car when applying the binders or cornering, adding control and feel while decreasing pedal effort.

There’s also Active Trace Control, which uses onboard sensors for speed, steering angle, throttle and braking inputs to individually brake each wheel, reducing understeer. Finally, there’s Hill Start Assist, which piggybacks off the ESP system to detect when the vehicle is sitting at an incline. The system automatically applies the brakes, releasing once the throttle is opened or after two seconds, whichever comes first. The driver is alerted that the system is in use via an indicator on the dash.

Drivetrain Specifications

No. of cylinders, configuration 4, in line
Valves per cylinder 4
Engine capacity 1598
Bore x stroke 80x79.5 mm
Max. engine power 128 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Max. torque 236 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM
Compression ratio 15.4:1
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 60 L

Prices

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The new X-Trail will launch with four available trim levels – the Visia, Acenta, n-tec, and Tekna. Each comes standard with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, six airbags, LED daytime running lights, a 5-inch color display, Bluetooth with integrated microphone, cruise control, hill start assist, sliding and reclining rear seats, and a luggage board system.

The top-range Tekna model comes with Bi-LED headlights, leather seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear parking sensors, push-button ignition, Forward Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and 19-inch wheels.

Pricing starts at $35,801 for a base model with two-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, while the AWD model with all the bells and whistles will run you $48,380 (estimated at current exchange rates, 4/29/15).

2015 Nissan X-Trail - UK prices

Engine Transmission Basic Price VAT Total Retail Price On The Road Price
dCi130 2WD 6 manual £19,283.33 £3,856.67 £23,140 £23,195
dCi130 2WD 6 manual £20,783.33 £4,156.67 £24,940 £24,995
dCi130 2WD Xtronic transmission £21,800.00 £4,360.00 £26,160 £ 26,345
dCi130 4WD 6 manual £22,091.67 £4,418.33 £26,510 £26,695
dCi130 2WD 6 manual £22,075.00 £4,415.00 £26,490 £26,545
dCi 130 2WD Xtronic transmission £23,091.67 £4,618.33 £27,710 £27,895
dCi 130 4WD 6 manual £23,383.33 £4,676.67 £28,060 £28,245
dCi130 2WD 6 manual £22,991.67 £4,598.33 £27,590 £27,645
dCi130 2WD Xtronic transmission £24,008.33 £4,801.67 £28,810 £28,995
dCi130 4WD 6 manual £24,300.00 £4,860.00 £29,160 £29,345
dCi130 2WD 6 manual £24,658.33 £4,931.67 £29,590 £29,645
dCi130 2WD Xtronic transmission £ 25,675.00 £5,135.00 £30,810 £30,995
dCi130 4WD 6 manual £25,966.67 £5,193.33 £31,160 £31,345

Competition

2015 BMW X3

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The second-generation X3 was first introduced in 2010, and promises high capability and luxury. Recently added options include a two-wheel-drive platform and a diesel engine. The interior is well-appointed, with high-grade materials and a huge variety of options. Drivetrain performance is pretty good too, with a number of engine options for either performance or economy. Prepare to pay for it though, as pricing starts at $38,500 and rises exponentially with higher trim levels.

Read our full review here.

2015 Honda CR-V

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The CR-V has been around for quite some time, first dropping cover in 1995 and currently existing as one of Honda’s best-selling vehicles. Today, it’s in its fourth generation and is sold all over the globe, a testament to its popularity. Engine options include either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder gas unit, while Europe gets to enjoy a 1.6-liter i-DTEC powerplant. The Europeans also get a nine-speed automatic gearbox option, while the rest of us make do with a five-speed auto or six-speed manual. Pricing starts at $23,320, but additional packages and equipment can boost that figure to at least $30,000.

Read our full review here.

Volkswagen Tiguan

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VW is known for imbuing each of its models with a feeling of class and distinction, and that’s still the case with the Tiguan. The interior is quiet, the drivetrain is refined and the ride is smooth, but you’ll be paying a bit extra for all that. However, there are a variety of trim levels to choose from, whether you’re looking for technology, practicality or sportiness. Standard features include electrically adjustable seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and auxiliary media input. Prices start at $26,255, but like the Honda, that number quickly rises with extras.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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The new X-Trail promises to be a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s got a lot of room for stuff, with a flexible cargo space ready to be customized to meet your needs. It looks much better than its predecessor, with smoother lines and simpler design. And even though it’s slightly bigger than before, all that tech in the interior should make it pretty painless to drive.

There are a few problems, though. The third-row seating, for example, is a cost option, bumping up a price that’s already a bit steeper than it should be. If you live in Europe, engine options are limited to the one diesel powerplant, which is a fine unit but not necessarily what everyone might be looking for. Finally, I have a hard time coming to grips with Nissan’s claim that this machine is capable off-road. A slippery incline or shopping mall island divider? Sure, no problem. Actual dirt trails with rocks and things to crawl over? Maybe not.

Either way, the new X-Trail should meet the expectations of most out there looking for a comfortable mid-size crossover. It’s a solid refresh, and points the right direction when it comes to current market demands.

  • Leave it
    • Only one engine option at launch
    • Questionable off-roading capability
    • A bit pricey

Press Release

Nissan is confirming its position as the world leader in crossovers with the launch of the all-new X-Trail. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the X-Trail joins the redesigned Qashqai and Juke in Nissan’s all-encompassing crossover family - bringing new technology, style and class-leading levels of practicality. First seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 and on-sale across Europe in July, the new X-Trail marks the start of yet another exciting chapter in the Nissan crossover success story.

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OVERVIEW

The X-Trail combines Nissan’s acclaimed 4x4 heritage with fresh ideas and technologies inspired by the brand’s ground-breaking crossover models. Together they form a car that redefines the compact SUV segment.

Built on the new, jointly-developed Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) platform, the all-new X-Trail is just as tough and accomplished as the previous generation model, but adds crossover style and efficiency, exciting design, innovative technology and exceptional comfort and practicality.

Nissan’s desire to make the X-Trail the most comprehensive offering in the C-SUV sector provided the driving force behind the car’s bold new design. Fitting perfectly into the brand’s vision of modern crossover SUV styling, the new X-Trail features a striking new look that defines Nissan’s latest design language.

Thanks to a smooth yet muscular body, the X-Trail combines strength and the spirit of adventure with organic, flowing lines. The elegant yet sporty profile also integrates a host of new design features and details, including bold new headlamps - available with LED as standard on high-grade models - and a distinctive new LED signature strip that makes the car instantly recognisable at night. Other details include a powered tailgate and a power opening panoramic roof.

Inside, the X-Trail offers a completely new environment for occupants. Designed from the very outset to include an optional seven seat format, the cabin features a raked theatre seating layout that ensures every passenger has a great view out. Featuring premium materials and intelligent design throughout, the X-Trail sets new standards for rear seat access, space for optional third-row passengers and in-car technology. The X-Trail also showcases the latest-generation NissanConnect system that offers smartphone integration and a host of innovations including several in-built Apps to enhance the connected driving experience.

Powering the all-new X-Trail is a powerful yet frugal dCi 130 engine that delivers the optimum balance of fuel economy with excellent refinement, at all speeds. Available in two and four-wheel-drive forms, the latter features Nissan’s latest-generation ALL MODE 4x4-i transmission. Coupled with Nissan’s new Chassis Control system and Nissan Safety Shield, the new X-Trail’s drivetrain provides the driver with a comprehensive network of safety and comfort features that ensures every journey is an enjoyable one.

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The X-Trail will play a highly significant role in Nissan’s growing crossover family. It will be built at nine different manufacturing sites around the world for a vast array of markets. 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.

All-new X-Trail in detail

DESIGN

Combining the sleek and stylish lines of a modern crossover with the robust appeal of a typical SUV, the all-new X-Trail sets new standards for design in the SUV sector. A marked departure from its squared-off predecessor, the X-Trail showcases next generation SUV design, introducing a smoother, more flowing look without compromising the vehicle’s off-road abilities.

Using an advanced new platform, Nissan’s design team was able to take full advantage of the architecture’s longer wheelbase and broader track. In keeping with Nissan’s crossover design language, the all-new X-Trail places strong visual emphasis on the wheel areas, with the trademark large arches forming the cornerstones of the design. Combined with a dipping roofline, deeply sculpted flanks and rising window line, the new X-Trail fully exploits Nissan’s crossover design DNA to create a car that delivers a stylish and modern appearance.

In terms of size, the all new X-Trail is 17mm longer (4,643mm) than the previous generation model, and has a 76mm longer wheelbase that helps deliver more space inside. The new model is also 30mm wider and 5mm lower than the previous car and the ground clearance is maintained at 210mm.

The new model is also 90kg lighter than the model it replaces. Ultra high strength steel now accounts for 49 per cent of the X-Trail’s body construction, making the structure lighter and stronger than before.

The advanced use of composites has also helped drive down the X-Trail’s kerb weight. The tailgate, for example, is constructed from plastic rather than steel, while the front and rear bumper assemblies have been optimised for material thickness. This incredible attention to detail means that the all-new X-Trail is as strong and as light as possible.

As customers have come to expect from Nissan, the all-new X-Trail features a host of intelligent and useful design details.

The front end, for example, combines complex shapes with crisp lines and intelligent use of light and shade. The all-new LED headlamps cut into the bumpers, cleverly combing the upper and lower halves of the body. The lamp clusters themselves are intricately detailed, with a striking new lighting signature that gives the all-new X-Trail a distinctive look in low light conditions.

At the rear the X-Trail blends bold new styling cues with existing Nissan touches. The rear light clusters, for example, display the familiar ‘boomerang’ shape, while the characteristic D-pillar provides a strong visual link to both the Juke and Qashqai.

As with the exterior, the all-new X-Trail’s interior has undergone a dramatic transformation. With more space, improved ergonomics and a host of new premium features, it sets new standards for comfort and equipment in the C-SUV sector.

The main dashboard area combines advanced technology with an intelligent layout that allows the driver to concentrate on the road ahead. The split-level dashboard has been designed to be as clear and easy to navigate as possible, with the gently raised centre console housing both the infotainment system and the ventilation controls.

The redesigned combimeter features the Advanced Drive-Assist Display, a large five-inch colour display screen located between the two main dials. This high-resolution touchscreen displays information from, among other sources, the all-new X-Trail’s safety systems, and has been designed in such a way that drivers can receive warnings without having to take their attention away from the road.

The centre console houses the latest NissanConnect system with a seven-inch high-resolution screen and a host of smartphone connectivity features.

Quality and attention to detail have come to typify Nissan crossover design, and the new X-Trail is no exception. The cabin area features a host of high quality materials, including chrome, piano black and leather with contrast stitching. To further enhance comfort for occupants, Nissan examined every surface where the driver or passenger comes into contact with the car. As a result, the door armrest pads and centre console pad is eight times thicker than sector rivals offer. Other touches include a large between-the-seats storage box big enough to take an iPad or 10-inch tablet.

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Equally impressive is the large powered glass panoramic roof - the biggest available in the class. Not only does it bathe the X-Trail’s cabin with natural light, the front half can also be opened to provide extra ventilation.

Exceptional Practicality

Practicality is another area where the all new X-Trail excels. Designed from the start with space for the optional third row of seats, the new X-Trail’s cabin takes full advantage of the new platform’s longer wheelbase to deliver class-leading levels of space for occupants. Nissan knows that quality is as important as quantity when it comes to accommodation, which is why every seat in the new X-Trail has been carefully designed to be as comfortable and as practical as possible. All three rows are arranged in a theatre-style layout, with the mounting points for the second and third rows being higher than the ones in front.

Where some rivals fit a simple, fixed bench in the second row, the X-Trail offers a sliding and reclining function that allows owners to adapt the luggage space and comfort to their needs. The optional third row seats have a double fold function that allows them to be folded completely flat, while headroom and heel gap also provide ample seating space.

Second row passengers enjoy best-in-sector legroom thanks to the extended wheelbase and a new design of front seats that features deeply sculpted backs.

Up front, both the driver and passenger benefit from new seats designed to offer maximum comfort. In addition to the standard seat, Nissan has also developed a new Comfort seat, zero gravity inspired, which delivers improved spinal support with optimised blood-flow to reduce fatigue on longer journeys.

Innovative Storage

The versatility pioneered in the previous model goes a step further in all-new X-Trail thanks to a smart and innovative double load floor providing flexible storage options (up to nine configurations). The cargo area can be positioned into upper and lower areas in a simple single-handed move. In its top most position, the board can hold up to 10 kilograms of luggage, or 75 kilograms in its middle position. This split cargo solution enables the user to store, for example, a stroller and large items below while creating a fully usable upper load surface for smaller, lighter items.

Access to the luggage area has also been made as easy as possible with remote operation of the power tailgate.

TECHNOLOGY

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The all-new X-Trail is one of the most advanced cars in its sector. Fully connected, the X-Trail benefits 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 range of apps covering music, social networking, entertainment and travel through a large, 7-inch colour touch screen, the new NissanConnect is the perfect fit for all-new X-Trail.

The latest generation satellite navigation integrates Google® features 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 slots.

The driver also benefits from one of the most advanced meter displays yet seen, with 5 inch TFT colour display incorporating 12 graphic displays accessible on rotation offering advice and warnings covering average and actual speeds, navigation turn-by-turn instructions, audio content, traffic sign recognition, eco driving advice and torque distribution settings in 4WD mode and more.

Around View Monitor with Intelligent Park Assist

Designed to take the guesswork and stress out of finding and parking in a suitable parallel or car park bay, Nissan’s acclaimed Around View Monitor makes even the trickiest of manoeuvres seem easy.

After automatically measuring the size of an available parallel parking space, Nissan’s Intelligent Park Assist actively steers into the space with the driver controlling forward and reverse motion. The system can also park in car park bays, with the driver benefitting from the bird’s eye view provided by Around View Monitor to guide them through the process.

LED headlamps

All new X-Trail features LED daytime running lights as standard with higher grade models fitted with Bi-LED headlamps. With full LED power for both dip and main beam, the all new X-Trail’s LED lights produce a whiter, clearer light than Xenon bulbs and use 50 per cent less power.

Nissan Safety Shield

Nissan Safety Shield is a collection of features designed to enhance the safety of occupants in line with Nissan’s ongoing vision towards zero accidents, a sentiment underlined by the company’s commitment to produce commercially viable autonomous vehicles by 2020.

The new X-Trail’s Safety Shield package is one of the most advanced and comprehensive in the sector, with host of fully automatic systems that combine to offer exceptional levels of protection.

The technologies fitted to the new X-Trail include:

Forward Emergency Braking

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Using a fully integrated radar system that scans the road ahead, the all-new X-Trail delivers three levels of assistance to drivers. First is an audible warning that alerts the driver if the gap to the car in front is closing. If the driver fails to react to the audible warnings, the brakes are automatically partially applied. Finally, if the gap is still closing, the brakes will be applied harder if necessary.

Driver Attention Alert

With one in road five accidents caused by driver fatigue, the all-new X-Trail’s Driver Attention Alert system is an important new addition to the car’s safety package. After learning your driving style, the system constantly monitors driving inputs, showing a dashboard alert on the central combimeter if steering becomes erratic, indicating the driver should take a break.

Traffic Sign Recognition

This clever system acts as an extra pair of eyes that can detect speed limit signs and display their information to the driver. Speed limit signs are automatically read by the front-facing camera, which has been programmed to work across Europe, regardless of national sign typography. It even recognises that some countries enforce a weather dependent lower speed limit if it’s raining, so both dry and wet weather limits are displayed to the driver.

Lane Departure Warning

Designed to alert the driver if the new X-Trail starts to drift out of lane, Lane Departure Warning uses advanced computer programming to detect road markings. This allows the system to determine if the car is moving out of position. If it does, and the driver has not operated the indicators, a warning is given.

Blind Spot Warning

The new X-Trail’s Blind Spot Warning system uses the Around View Monitor to detect vehicles in the hidden blind spot areas. If a vehicle is detected in either blind spot, a discreet warning light illuminates in the door mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes and the system detects a vehicle in the danger area, the light flashes and an audible warning is given.

Moving Object Detection

Taking parking safety to a new level, the all-new X-Trail’s Moving Object Detection system combines the vehicle’s front and rear parking sensors with Nissan’s acclaimed Around View Monitor ‘bird’s eye view’ parking aid to deliver an extra level of protection.

If, when stationary, something moves into the area covered by the four cameras, the system will give an audible warning and highlight the area in which the moving object is detected. Mounted on the tailgate and having a fish-eye lens, the rear wide view AVM camera has a sweep of vision in excess of 180 degrees, giving it an unparalleled field of vision at the back of the car. Images from the camera are displayed on the large seven-inch NissanConnect screen.

High Beam Assist

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Designed to ensure that the all-new X-Trail’s lighting system provides maximum illumination at any given time, this system combines a high-resolution camera with advanced software to detect when to switch from low beam to high beam headlights when it recognizes oncoming or distant traffic.

CHASSIS

ALL MODE 4x4-i

In keeping with the class leading standards set by the previous generation model, 4x4 versions of the all-new X-Trail adopt Nissan’s advanced electronic four-wheel drive system, ALL MODE 4x4-i. Controlled via a rotary switch on the centre console, it offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent four-wheel drive.

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 wheelspin, again shifting drive rearwards to restore traction as required. For tricky conditions and at low speeds, Lock mode gives new X-Trail permanent four-wheel drive.

Nissan Chassis Control Technologies

Ready to exceed the expectations of compact SUV drivers, four electronic systems have been designed to make life with the all-new X-Trail more comfortable and even safer.

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 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 roads.

In addition, the all-new X-Trail benefits from Hill Start Assist. This uses the X-Trail’s ESP system to detect when the vehicle is starting on an incline. The system applies the brakes to all four wheels, releasing when the throttle is pressed or after 2 seconds - whichever is sooner. The driver is alerted of the system’s operation via the dashboard combimeter that displays a Hill Start Assist indicator.

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DRIVETRAIN

The all-new X-Trail’s drivetrain is another area where Nissan has been able to use technology and innovation to enhance the driving and ownership experience. With a brief to retain the previous model’s famed off-road ability while improving fuel consumption and lowering emissions, Nissan’s engineers developed one of the most accomplished drivetrains in the sector.

The all-new X-Trail launches with an advanced dCi 130 turbodiesel powertrain with a choice of two and four-wheel drive and the availability of an XTronic automatic gearbox for the former. A 1.6-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine with 163PS will be added to the range later in 2015.

Powerful, flexible engine

At the heart of the new X-Trail is a muscular four-cylinder dCi 130 powertrain that generates 320Nm of torque. In line with Nissan’s approach to downsizing, the 1.6-litre unit produces same torque than the previous 2.0-litre dCi unit and is considerably more efficient and cleaner. By reducing power sapping friction in its drivetrains, all-new X-Trail provides excellent performance from the latest generation of downsized engines, providing the pace of a bigger powertrain with the economy and emissions of a smaller unit.

In terms of performance, the X-Trail can accelerate from standstill to 62mph in just 10.5 seconds (2WD MT), and has a top speed of 117 mph. Equally impressive is the X-Trail’s in-gear flexibility - a much more important consideration for most drivers. With 320Nm of torque available from just 1750 rpm, the X-Trail delivers strong acceleration across the rev range.

Jointly developed with Alliance partner Renault, the 130PS (96kW) unit is one of the most advanced diesel engines in its sector, with a host of technical innovations designed to maximise fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.

Among these are a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system that recycles exhaust gas at a lower temperature to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2. The engine unit also features optimised thermal management that allows the engine to reach operating temperature much quicker. This, in turn, reduces friction losses when starting from cold and improves fuel efficiency.

Driving down CO2 emissions

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The new dCi 130 unit is much cleaner than the engine it replaces. Offered with the option of two- or four-wheel-drive, two-wheel drive models enjoy CO2 emissions of only 129g/km in manual form, while versions equipped with Nissan’s advanced XTronic automatic gearbox emit 135g/km. All-wheel drive models equipped with Nissan’s ALL MODE 4x4-i transmission emit 139g/km - a significant 18 per cent less than the outgoing model.

To achieve these impressive new figures, Nissan’s engineers did more than just improve the efficiency and performance of the engine and transmission. By reducing mass by 90KG and optimising the car’s aerodynamics, Nissan has been able to make the all-new X-Trail more efficient. Despite having a larger surface area than the previous model, numerous new features have been introduced to counteract the increase in size. For example, the tailgate is constructed largely of plastic - a move that has saved 7kg over the existing design. New aero-friendly door mirrors and an underfloor spoiler that covers the exhaust and rear panel also play their part in making the all-new X-Trail the most efficient ever.

Advanced transmission options

From launch, the new X-Trail is offered with a choice of two gearboxes; a six-speed manual and a new XTronic automatic (two-wheel-drive versions only).

The XTronic transmission has been engineered to deliver a smooth and natural driving experience. Unlike conventional variable transmissions, the new X-Trail’s XTronic gearbox mimics the behaviour of traditional, multi-ratio automatic gearboxes during hard acceleration, with stepped changes. In more gentle driving, the ratios are subtly adjusted to give ultimate smoothness. This means the XTronic transmission offers the best of both worlds for drivers, with smooth low-load power delivery and direct performance during higher acceleration driving.

VALUE AND EQUIPMENT

As buyers have come to expect from Nissan, the all-new X-Trail launches with a class-leading level of standard equipment. Available in four familiar grades: Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna.

All grades feature air-conditioning, alloy wheels and six airbags, LED daytime running lights, five-inch colour combimeter display, Bluetooth with microphone, cruise control and speed limiter. Hill start assist, sliding and reclining rear seats and a luggage board system are also among the features fitted as standard.

Range-topping Tekna models feature an array of technologies that further confirm Nissan’s lead in the crossover market. These include Bi-LED headlamps, leather seats, electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels. In addition, Tekna models also feature Intelligent key with engine start button, Forward Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Standard and optional equipment will vary by market.

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