In a country that favors SUVs and crossovers, Nissan Philippines, at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show, has launched perhaps one of their most important models yet: the all-new 2014 Nissan X-Trail.
The launch of the X-Trail marks the first model launched by the new national sales company in Nissan Philippines, Inc. under the leadership of their newly-appointed president, Mr. Antonio “Toti” Zara.
“We are proud to launch the all-new X-Trail at PIMS because it is a model highly anticipated by Filipino fans. It’s sleek, stylish, comfortable and loaded with a lot of new features that shows Nissan’s brand of innovation,” said Mr. Zara, president and managing director of NPI, in a press release.
The all-new X-Trail is Nissan’s contender in the compact sport utility vehicle segment and marks the third generation of the nameplate which has seen much success in key markets including the US, Japan, China and Australia and will subsequently be launched in a total of 190 countries. Incidentally the Philippine launch of the X-Trail is one of the first in the ASEAN region, a country that has seen significant success in the previous two generations which were launched back in 2003 and 2008, respectively.
The new generation X-Trail, initially revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) is an entirely new model that continues the nameplate's reputation as a rugged crossover in the market. The design of the 2014 model shifts from the more boxy look of the previous two generations to a more streamlined, more modern style statement all around. The 2014 X-Trail for the Philippine market is also a seven seater.
The new model measures in at 4630mm long , 1820mm wide and 1695mm tall with a wheelbase of 2706mm, making it slightly smaller than the second generation model it replaces. The X-Trail has a ground clearance of 210mm. All X-Trail models sold by Nissan Philippines, Inc. will come from Nissan's factory in Kyushu, Japan.
Nissan says the all-new X-Trail has a much bigger cabin than the previous model, and has a more functional layout with more upscale panels, metallic accents and soft-touch surfaces. The 4x4 variant comes with multi-function switches in the steering wheel that controls the meter, audio, cruise control and hands-free phone connectivity according to Nissan. 4x4 models get 5-inch LCD with CD/Tuner/MP3/AUX/USB and Bluetooth functions with 6 speakers while 4x2 variants will get a standard CD/Tuner/MP3/AUX/USB audio unit with 4 speakers. All models get dual zone climate control.
Powering the 2014 X-Trail 4x4 is a 2.5-liter twin cam 16-valve QR25DE engine and makes 171 PS and 233 Nm of torque; a carryover from the previous generation. The 2014 X-Trail 4x2 comes with 2.0-liter twin cam 16-valve MR20DD engine that makes 144 PS and 200 Nm of torque; the 2.0L is an improved version of the previous MR20DE and gets direct injection for improved efficiency. All X-Trail models get an Xtronic CVT with manual mode.
2014 X-Trail 2.0L 4x2 models come standard with dual airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, Vehicle Dynamic Control (stability control), Hill Start Assist, push-button ignition and a few others.. The 2014 X-Trail 2.5L 4x4 adds Hill Descent Control, an Around View Monitor (for easier parking), cruise control, Bluetooth and a few other creature comforts.
Nissan Philippines is launching the third generation X-Trail in 5 colors with Pearl White, Diamond Black, Brilliant Silver, Fiery Red and Special Copper Blaze (4x4).
2014 Nissan X-Trail 2.0L 4x2 CVT PhP 1,375,000
2014 Nissan X-Trail 2.5L 4x4 CVT PhP 1,580,000
Until October 31, however, Nissan Philippines will be offering the X-Trail at special introductory prices at PhP 1,350,000 for the 4x2 and PhP 1,550,000 for the 4x4. The X-Trail is on display at the Nissan booth at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show happening at the World Trade Center in Pasay City until September 21.