The new-generation Nissan X-Trail makes its global reveal at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. While not much details was put into the exact engine that will go into it, the Japanese automaker did reveal that it will have downsized engines mated with similar performance and it will surely be larger than its predecessor as it will now have a seven seat option.
The new X-Trail crossover is considered a high-volume global growth product and will be built on the Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture along with the US-bound Rogue. It will be available in 190 countries, and will be built in nine different plants around the world.
The new X-trail departs from its rugged and boxy look to feature sleek and stylish lines of a modern crossover for a premium and dynamic appeal. It now features LED daytime running lights on the structured headlights, with premium models getting LED headlights for both high and low beams as standard, while 19-inch wheels aim to give it an imposing look.
The interior is highlighted by a full-length panoramic sunroof and premium finishes. Premium variants will get a full leather interior with contrast stitching, while basic variants will get premium fabric. It features theater-style seating with a third row option to make room for seven occupants.
The second row receives more legroom thanks to the increased wheelbase and heavy sculpted front seatbacks, it also slides and reclines; while the doors now open to nearly 80 degrees allowing for easier access and ease of loading and unloading of child safety seats.
A smart and innovative double load floor provides flexible storage options. The cargo area can be portioned 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 lower position. The split cargo solution will allow for stowing of bulkier items below while having a functional upper portion for lighter items. It will now feature a power tailgate for ease of operation.
Nissan boasts of technologies such as Nissan Safety Shield and NissanConnect for its navigation, and infotainment system. The system plans to offer connected apps covering music, social networking, entertainment and travel through Smartphone connectivity. It will also offer Bluetooth audio streaming as well as Aux-in and USB slots for media players.
The X-Trail features a new ALL MODE 4x4i four-wheel drive system which is controlled by a rotary switch on the center console; offering a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent four-wheel drive. The default Auto mode allows the system to automatically distribute torque between front and rear axles in anticipation of a wheelspin as it monitors different vehicle functions at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
It will feature advanced world firsts such as Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake. 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 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.
An Active Trace Control found in premium crossovers which works with on-board sensors that monitor speed, steering angle, throttle opening, and braking effort allows the vehicle to control brakes individually to reduce understeer and help the driver steer a safer path through bends; it is particularly effective on slippery or wet roads. It will also come with Uphill Start Support and Advance Hill Descent Control.
The Japanese automaker plans to launch the new X-Trail first quarter of 2014 with worldwide sales starting in July 2014.