Nissan’s fourth generation X-Trail is here.

It’s structurally more rigid, more aerodynamically efficient, introduces a host of new
active and passive safety features, has a revised cabin layout with premium features
and materials and introduces a raft of new technical aids including adaptive cruise
control and more standard additions to the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine lifts power by 9kW to 135kW, with torque
boosted by 18Nm to 244Nm and five drive modes: Off-Road, Snow, Auto, Eco and

No mention of the hybrid e-POWER which is supposed to be arriving early next year,
along with the smaller hybrid Qashqai.

Available in five- or seven-seat versions, the all-new model is slightly shorter than
before (4680mm) but is wider (+20mm to 1840mm), taller (+15mm to 1725mm) and
provides more rear legroom, with larger door openings for easier access — but a
slightly smaller luggage capacity.

The wheelbase remains unchanged at 2705mm.

Towing capability is up too, to 2000kg, with Trailer Sway Control standard

An all-LED slimline lighting package front and rear, with bright multi-reflector LEDs
for high and low beam driving and wraparound boomerang-shaped tail lights,
complements Nissan’s signature-V-motion brand identity across all models.

Adaptive beam matrix lighting, which splits the headlight beams into 12 individually
controlled segments, appears on Ti and Ti-L models.

Inside there’s a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen and 10.8-inch
widescreen head-up display.

X-Trail ST gains a 7.0-inch driver info panel and 8.0-inch central display with DAB+
digital radio and six speakers, upgraded to a 10-speaker Bose audio system on the
Ti-L and above.

It’s equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with wireless CarPlay for Ti and
Ti-L models.

New X-Trail is priced from $40,424 driveaway for the two-wheel drive ST up to
$57,340 for the top-of-the-line Ti-L.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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