We chanced upon the details of the upcoming 2015 Nissan X-Trail that Nissan Motors Philippines (NPI) that is scheduled to make its local debut at the 2014 Philippine International Motor Show on September 18-21, 2014 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

It is built on the Renault-Nissan Common Module Family (CMF) platform and has a significantly longer wheelbase at 2705mm (2630mm previously) and measures 4640mm long, 1820mm wide and 1710mm tall.

Interestingly, it sits on a wheelbase that's 5mm longer than the Mazda CX-5 and even the larger Hyundai Santa Fe and is 45mm longer than the Toyota RAV4. While longer than the rest of the compact crossovers in the market, it only stretched by 10mm compared to its predecessor.

Design-wise the third-gen X-Trail will also feature Nissan's V-motion design highlighted by LED DRLs (daytime-running lamps) integrated on the headlamps.

Inside, it's spacious interior can fit an ample amount of luggage or fit 7 people inside with the third row EZ-Flex seating system standard for the Philippine market.

Powering the X-Trail is a MR20DD 2.0-liter inline-four engine with Twin CVTC (Continuous Variable-valve Timing Control) rated at 139 PS @ 5200 rpm with maximum torque of 198 Nm at 4400 rpm. It will be mated to a Xtronic CVT (Continously Variable Transmission).

Other features mentioned by the Japanese brand is a new Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) that enables the car in upscaling or climbing down steep inclines and the Around View Monitor (AVM) that provides safety and easy parking for drivers.