Nissan X-Trail is globally available mid-size crossover SUV. This model sits below the Xterra and Pathfinder in brand’s lineup. This model isn’t available in the US but the closely related Rogue that sits on the same platform is being sold the stateside. The X-trail is currently available in the second generation form which has been available since the 2014 model year. An updated version of this model should come sometime in 2017 probably as the 2018 Nissan X-Trail.
What should be new?
As per some reports, the new X-Trail should come as an updated but not redesigned vehicle. Details are still scarce but the model should bring usual upgrades as the every facelift. It should add more powerful diesel engine, updated styling, and interior. There should also be some tech upgrades related with ones on the new Qashqai model.
2018 Nissan X-Trail: Design update
At the time of writing of this article, exact details about the styling changes are still out of reach. However, the new 2018 Nissan X-Trail should get refreshed front and rear fascia. The signature V-motion grille should get a more pronounced form which will have the 3D effect similar to that on the updated Pathfinder. The model will likely get refreshed headlights and front bumper design as well. It should also replace the current round fog lights with more modern LED strips.
The rear fascia should also get the similar treatment. That means refreshed taillights and rear bumper.
Inside the cabin, the new X-Trail should feature very similar design as the Qashqai. It will exhibit high-quality soft padding and great build quality. The simple but attractive dash will house center screen and other controls. The model will also include very comfortable “Zero gravity” seats which will also provide additional power, heating, and cooling features.
On the other hand, the practicality will also remain one of the main X-Trails advantages and it will offer class-leading interior space. Well-arranged seats will provide optimal leg and headroom and also great visibility. The X-Trail will also offer competitive boot space.
Tech and Safety updates:
Techwise, the model will get the latest NissanConnect interface. The center screen will dominate in the dash and will control navigation and entertainment features. There will also be a strong sound system, HD radio, modern connectivity options and more.
What is also important, the new X-Trail might get the new ProPilot suite which should debut on the new Qashqai. This system should provide some level of autonomous driving, allowing the car single line driving on the highway or during the heavy traffic.
2018 Nissan X-Trail: Powertrains
In the engine department, the 2018 Nissan X-Trail should offer a new more powerful diesel engine. The automaker wants to be competitive with other SUVs which offer more powerful options. There belong the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa FE and Skoda Kodiaq. They all offer engine option with outputs around 190 hp and Nissan is keen to provide a good alternative for them. The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel will meet Euro 6 standards and will be good for around 175 hp and 380 Nm of torque. It should come with either 6-speed manual or CVT transmission. There will also be an option between two- and all-wheel drive.
The X-Trail will also be available with a 1.6-liter diesel and 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol unit.
2018 Nissan X-Trail: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Nissan X-Trail should arrive in the first half of 2017. Price is yet to be revealed but with the new 2.0 liter diesel, this model will cost from £29,095 in the UK.