Crossovers aren't exactly renowned for their off-road prowess. These car-based 'high-riders' are more adept to dirt trails than rock crawling. Still, it hasn't stopped them from giving them more butch, aggressive looks to give the impression that they can, indeed, go where the roads end.
Nissan is one of them. They've just fitted the X-Trail with an off-road appearance pack, and it actually looks rather neat. Dubbed the X-Trail X-Tremer X package (that's a lot of X's), it's a special kit that, not only makes it more exclusive than the standard models, but also bring more 'trail-ready' look to the humble crossover.
Differences are immediately seen up front. Nissan has ditched most of the chrome, replacing it with more sinister looking gloss black panels. These are found on the grill, bumper, and various trim pieces. Nissan took even extra effort in giving the X-Trail X-tremer X completely changing the foglight housing and design. Its extra LED daytime running lights, along with its chunkier-looking foglights, are all housed in a substantial-looking panel. It even gains a thicker front apron, which includes a faux skid plate for that extra 'macho' effect.
Meanwhile, the extra cladding on the side skirts sticks to the 'off-road ready' theme of the crossover. Again, more chrome has been deleted with the roof rail and side mirrors getting the same gloss black effect at the front. Only the door handles and window frames get brightwork. The X-Trail X-tremer X edition then rides on unique, 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels with a design that is exclusive to this package. It's also worth noting that the wheel size of this particular X-Trail is an inch smaller than the range-topper. Last but not least is the rear, which also gets a faux skid plate.
Mind you, this is a purely aesthetic upgrade as the ride height has been retained. However, the X-Trail's all-wheel drive system is an intelligent unit meaning it sends power to wheels with less grip. It even comes with a locking differential if the going gets tough. It is then powered by a 2.0-liter engine with 157 PS and 207 Nm of torque or a hybrid powertrain which pairs the 2.0-liter with electric motors to produce 179 PS and 300 Nm of torque.
The variant is, for now at least, exclusive to the Japanese market. Still, if you're interested, it wouldn't be a bad thing to ask Nissan Philippines Inc. to come up with a localized, equivalent version of the "ruggedized" crossover