The current-generation X-Trail has been around since 2013. Now that it's seven years old, it could be said that the crossover is due for a full redesign. It seems that Nissan agrees to that sentiment, and it looks like an all-new model is just about ready to come out.
Patent images of the vehicle have surfaced online, showing us what could be the all-new model. Granted, there aren't any visible Nissan badges on the car, but that's the way most patent drawings look. Perhaps the biggest clue here that this is a Nissan model is its grill with that 'V-motion' look.
Should this be the all-new X-Trail, the design appears to be revolutionary at the front and the rest of it more evolutionary. The face of the car has much more high-set headlights than before, and it also adapts a clamshell hood. It also looks more angular than the model it will soon replace with defined bumper corners and upright corner air intake design. Also, the L-shaped pieces of trim on the bumper appear to be its fog lights or turn signal lamps. Overall, it looks like the new X-Trail could have a similar face to that of the next-generation Juke and maybe with a bit of Terra in the mix.
The shape of the vehicle's windows in the patent image is similar to the current X-Trail, save for slightly larger openings. The D-pillar, on the other hand, looks thicker, and its 'shoulders' look more prominent. As for the rear, it resembles the longer and larger versions of the 2013 to 2019 model with its polygonal design. Its tailgate seems more upright as well.
With the present X-Trail using the code T32, it is likely that this all-new model will be internally known as the T33. Several test mules of the crossover have been spotted around the globe, but this is the first time anyone has seen what it could look like without the camouflage. As Nissan is part of the Alliance (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi), it's almost certain that the future Mitsubishi Outlander will use the T33's underpinnings. Engine options are unknown at this point.
Nissan isn't giving any clues as to when the next-generation X-Trail will be launched. A late 2020 debut could happen, but sometime in 2021 could be a more probable date. Given that all generations of the X-Trail have been sold here, there's a high chance we'll see this in our local dealerships in the future.