Four years since its international debut, Nissan has breathed new life into the current-generation X-Trail. To keep it competitive in its segment, Nissan has updated their crossover for the 2017 model year. It gains a new look, along with a host of new tech and features.
The most noticeable change seen in the 2017 X-Trail is its front fascia. Now sporting the brand's signature V-Motion 2.0 look, it gets a more aggressive look. The grill is larger and more angular than the one in the current model. Also new is the front bumper, now featuring more defined lines at the corners. Along with that are new fog lights and housings, giving the crossover more defined edges at the front. Topping off the changes to the front are a pair of redesigned LED daytime running lights.
Nissan also gave the rear of the new X-Trail a slight refresh. There is an extra bit of chrome detailing at the lower half of the bumper while the lower valence was also changed. Also, the tail lights are now using LEDs for the whole cluster. New 17-inch and 18-inch wheels are part of the redesign and the rest of the car's body carries over unchanged.
Also getting an extensive update is the interior. Nissan says more high-end materials have been used throughout the cabin. The passenger side of the dashboard gets a new look, getting rid of carbon-effect trim on the top half. Instead, it now gets a soft-touch panel, as well as new gloss black trimming, to give it a more premium look. More interior color trims have been made available.
Nissan also redesigned the X-Trail's infotainment system. It now packs a new interface, as well as a revised navigation system. The steering wheel is also new with repositioned and redesigned buttons for audio and cruise control. Another option is an eight-speaker Bose sound system. The automaker adds that there is more cargo space than the current model and all variants come standard with a Luggage Board System. It allows the user to reconfigure the cargo area in nine different ways.
A major technical highlight in the 2017 Nissan X-Trail is the availability of ProPilot, Nissan's semi-autonomous driving system. To be part of the options list by next year, ProPilot allows drivers to let the system control acceleration and braking, as well as assist in steering. According to Nissan, the system works primarily on the highway and heavy traffic.
Engine details released were for the European-spec models. The European line-up consists of a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 177 PS and 380 Nm of torque, along with a smaller 1.6-liter turbodiesel that puts out 130 PS and 320 Nm of torque. The lone gas offering is a 1.6-liter turbo producing 163 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Transmission options are a six-speed manual or Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Power is sent to either the front wheels or all wheels. As for the rest of the world, it is yet to be known if the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines will be updated or carried over.