Having launched 13 new models in less than a year, one could say that Nissan is on a high. The Japanese automaker is determined to put the past behind them by keeping ahead of their recovery plan. But just because they were able to achieve their launch goal, it doesn't mean Nissan is calling it a year.
Meet Nissan's 14th launch in 11 months, the all-new X-Trail. If it looks familiar, that's because it's essentially the Rogue for markets outside North America. While it's technically the same model sold in the U.S and Canada, there are several differences. That said, you won't find any of it on the exterior. Save for clear turn signals (the U.S and Canadian models have amber lenses), the X-Trail looks much like the Rogue.
It's the same story when you get inside. From the steering wheel to the gear selector, the X-Trail is identical to its American counterpart. At least we have a good idea of what the local versions will look like once it's launched.
The main difference between the Rogue and the X-Trail is under the hood. That's because the latter is available with Nissan's clever e-Power hybrid system. But how does e-Power work? We've mentioned it before, but here is a simpler explanation. Unlike a conventional hybrid system, however, the gasoline engine is used to charge a battery which in turn drives an electric motor. This allows users to enjoy the 'benefits of an EV' without needing to worry about charging the battery. There is no need to plug it in, and it runs on electric power more often than not.
Of course, we're also expecting conventional engines as options for the redesigned X-Trail. All-wheel-drive models are likely to use the Rogue's 2.5-liter, direct-injection gas engine. It's good for 181 PS and 245 Nm of torque and it shifts with a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel-drive being an option.
With the all-new Nissan X-Trail out, it may only be a matter of time before it reaches the Philippines.