More tech and comfort paramount in Nissan’s more family oriented mid-size X-Trail SUV.
A starting price of $27,990, previously unseen safety equipment and the option of seven seats for the first time indicate one thing about the new X-Trail-Nissan has young families firmly in its sights.
So much so, Nissan boldly considers the newcomer “family proof” and the third generation Nissan X-Trail is offered in two and all-wheel drive form and three specification levels namely being the base ST, the middling ST-L and range topping X-Trail TI.
Nissan has put a great deal of emphasis on safety in the strong seller, with a rear view camera, electric power steering, a suite of airbags, ABS and Active Ride Control which works monitors the road surface to reduce unnecessary body roll and pitch.
Buyers who shell out more cash for ST-L and TI will also be treated to Nissan’s Around View ™ camera system, which comprises of four cameras mounted around the car, arming the driver with a bird’s eye view of the car, reducing or preventing collisions with pedestrians and embarrassing bumps and scrapes in the shopping centre car park.
Additionally, the top of the tree TI features lane departure and blind spot warning systems, as well as what Nissan has dubbed Moving Object Detection or MOD that works in conjunction with the rear camera and notifies the driver if there is anything in the vehicle’s path when reversing.
Careful attention to detail has also been paid to Nissan X-Trail’s practicality, with the rear doors opening 80 degrees-making it easier to load and unload offspring from the rear seat and aiding entrance and egress for third row passengers in the seven seat variants.
A number of flexible seating options-these can vary depending on the number of seats fitted- allow owners to make the most of the X-Trail’s load space. A hands-free tailgate opener is fitted to the TI.
NissanConnect™ is a new infotainment standard across the range and includes Bluetooth hands free telephony and music along with Pandora ®. The upper two models gain 3D satnav and digital radio.
Mechanically, the range opens with a 2.0 litre direct injection petrol four, which makes 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque which is married to a six speed manual and only available on the range opening ST. Other models are equipped with a 2.5 litre unit that has been carried over from previous generations, pumps out a rather meagre 126kW of power and 226Nm of torque. 2.5 litre models are fitted with an ECO mode, to keep the X-Trail’s drinking habits in check.
Those wanting for an alternative will have to wait until around September, when a four cylinder turbo diesel will be launched.
The bigger powerplant works in conjunction with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission and can power either two or four wheels. Four wheel drive versions are fitted with Nissan’s advanced ALL MODE 4×4-i system which has three settings: 2WD mode, AUTO mode and LOCK mode. All of which aid traction, should the driver wish to venture off the black stuff.