Relationship with the Qashqai is clear – inside and out
Nissan’s European range-topper due in dealerships soon with Qashqai’s innovative electrified powertrain
The next-generation Nissan X-Trail has been officially detailed in Japan ahead of an expected launch in mainland Europe and the UK early next year.
Shown in full for the first time at the Shanghai motor show last year, the brand’s largest European-market SUV once again shares the bulk of its exterior and interior design with the US-market Rogue, which it has followed onto a heavily updated version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C crossover platform – as used by the Nissan Qashqai.
That means it is offered with Nissan’s new E-Power hybrid drivetrain, a system that differs from a conventional hybrid powertrain in that a petrol engine features but is used exclusively to charge a battery, which in turn powers an electric motor connected to the front axle.
Here, the set-up comprises a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a front-mounted electric motor for a total output of 188bhp and has the same ‘e-Pedal’ one-pedal operational ability as the all-electric Nissan Leaf, offering enhanced efficiency and lower emissions than the range of pure-petrol and diesel engines used by the previous car.
Unlike the Nissan Qashqai E-Power, the X-Trail will also offer Nissan’s e-4orce electrified four-wheel drive system, which adds a secondary electric motor on the rear axle to offer a claimed “huge leap in acceleration, cornering and braking performance”. As in the electric Nissan Ariya SUV, e-4orce is capable of quickly varying the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles to maximise cornering grip and stability.
The four-wheel-drive car is also equipped with different settings for driving on snow, mud and gravel.
This is the first time Nissan has shown the X-Trail’s interior, which is a close match for that of the latest Qashqai, although bespoke features include a pass-through centre console and an array of new colours and materials.
A pair of 12.3in screens dominate the dashboard, working together with standard-fit Amazon Alexa voice control and a 10.8in head-up display to minimise the need for drivers to take their eyes off the road.
The fourth-generation car will be available optionally with seven seats but is said to “remain sufficiently compact for easy parking manoeuvres” while offering “best-in-class” luggage capacity.
For the Qashqai, the slightly larger, latest generation of the CMF-C architecture brings new front suspension and a more responsive steering set-up to enhance dynamic behaviour and it is likely the X-Trail will largely follow suit. Nissan has confirmed a four-wheel-drive variant will be offered,
Dimensions and other technical details have yet to be revealed, but the new Rogue is 38mm shorter and 5mm lower than its predecessor, so expect similar changes for the X-Trail, alongside a raft of aero-focused new design cues.
There is no official word on pricing, but with the smaller Qashqai currently priced from £26,045, it is likely the X-Trail will move closer to rivals like the Peugeot 5008 and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace – around the mid-£30k mark.