Nissan Philippines Inc. brings in the revamped X-Trail, mounting a new charge in the C-segment crossover segment. Four years since its international debut, the Japanese automaker has introduced a raft of changes to the X-Trail from its refreshed exterior design and the introduction of Intelligent Mobility in the Philippines.
Intelligent Mobility is a package that includes various driver assists and safety features. For starters, the 2018 X-Trail now has an Around View Monitor that provides drivers with a 360-degree perspective for easier navigation. It also includes a Moving Object Detection system that sends a visual and audible alert when there’s movement around the vehicle. Further aiding the driver is a Blind Spot Warning system which detects objects in hiding within the vehicle's pillars.
The 2018 X-Trail also comes with several features which help prevent an accident from happening in the first place. There's Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking which send a visual and auditory warning. If there is no reaction from the driver, the system applies the brakes to bring the car to a halt. Also part of the Intelligent Mobility package is Rear Cross Traffic Alert, alerting the driver to unseen vehicles while reversing. In all-wheel drive models, Nissan upgraded the 4x4-I System which sends power to the wheels with the most traction to pull it out of challenging conditions.
As for its exterior, the most noticeable change is in its front fascia. In line with the new Nissan models being released worldwide, the updated X-Trail now features the signature V-Motion 2.0 grill. More angular and aggressive than before, the new grill is then complemented by a reshaped front bumper with re-styled foglamps.
Nissan also tweaked the rear section of the crossover. There is more chrome detailing present and the lower half of the bumper has also been reshaped. Also, the tail lights are now using LEDs for the whole cluster. Top-spec X-Trails ride on newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels and now come with a sunroof as standard. The rest of the body meanwhile carries over unchanged.
Inside, there are new door and instrument panel finishers, along with a new shift knob design, revised center console, and console lid. On top of those, the steering wheel has an all-new three-spoke design with a flat bottom. The wheel mounted controls have also been redesigned from toggle switches to buttons. Also present are more soft-touch materials, particularly in the dashboard area. Last but not the least is the addition of a motion activated tailgate, that allows users to access the rear compartment with ease.
Engines meanwhile are carried over from the pre-update models, consisting of a 2.0- and 2.5-liter. Power output for the 2.0-liter are rated at 144 PS and 200 Nm of torque while the 2.5-liter produces 171 PS and 233 Nm of torque. Two wheel drive models use the 2.0-liter while all-wheel drive variants get the 2.5-liter. The lone transmission option is the Xtronic continuously variable transmission.
The 2018 Nissan X-Trail will continue to be assembled in Japan as with its predecessor.
Prices for the 2018 Nissan X-Trail are as follows:
X-Trail 2.0 4x2: Php 1,399,000
X-Trail 2.5 4x4: Php 1,728,000