In order to achieve its ambitious plans of capturing India’s 10 per cent market share, the company has introduced its budged brand Datsun. Under its budget brand, the company introduced Go hatchback which received an excellent response and is all set to launch the Go+ MPV. The Japanese car manufacturer is also planning to launch more SUVs in the country, thanks to the positive response for Terrano. Nissan is likely to launch the Qashqai and new generation X-Trail SUV, while a sub-compact SUV under Datsun badge.
Nissan, recently, discontinued the X-Trail in India, citing poor sales. Now, the company is aiming to launch new generation X-Trail SUV in the country. With aggressive looks and stylish interiors, the company believes that this model could do better in the growing Indian market. The new generation X-Trail is claimed to be more spacious than its predecessor, thanks to the new larger platform- the Common Module Family (CMF) platform on which it is based.
The new X-Trail shares its styling cues from Nissan’s highly successful crossovers- Qashqai, Juke and Murano, which in return creates a highly capable, all weather, modern vehicle. The new Nissan X-Trail is 5mm longer, 30mm wider and 10mm high than its predecessor, making it 4,640mm long, 1,820mm wide and 1,710mm high. The wheelbase of the SUV has been increased by 75mm to 2,705mm and the ground clearance by 5mm to 210mm.
The new Nissan X-Train features sculptured muscular lines forming a distinctive silhouette. This silhouette gets elegant curves while the wheel arches sizes have been increased. This model is equipped with several Nissan signature cues including the ‘boomerang’ rear lights, structured headlights with LED daytime running lamps and the characteristic D-pillar shape. Its flared wheel arches have been fitted to 18-inch alloys. Also visible are the LED headlights for both high and low beams.
Inside the cabin, the vehicle gets chrome, geometric metallic and piano black finishes. The top spec model features leather accented upholstery for the seats and steering wheel, while the entry spec model gets black fabric upholstery on seats. All cars have been fitted to five or seven-inch touch screen display. This model come fitted with two extra seats in the rear compartment to make room for seven occupants. The second row bench seat can be reclined or slide with a 40/20/40 split-fold layout. Its five-seat model features an armrest and two cup/holders in this second-row bench seats.
The seven-seat variants come with the 50/50 split format of the third row of seats offers added cargo flexibility. The extra knee room generated by the longer wheelbase makes the rear seating comfortable.
Engine & Transmission
New Nissan X-Trail SUV will come in both petrol and diesel guise. While the oil burner will get the 1.6-litre diesel engine that produces 128bhp and 320Nm of top torque, the gasoline version will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 142bhp and 200Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. This model will come in both 2WD and 4WD versions.
For passengers’ safety and security, the all-new Nissan X-Trail gets advanced features. It is equipped with vehicle dynamic control, rear view camera, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) and Brake Assist, Active Trace Control, Active ride control, hill start assist, eight airbags, Nissan Anti-Theft System (NATS) vehicle immobiliser, etc. Adding to it, this model gets exclusive safety equipment such as around view monitor, active brake limited slip, hill descent control, active engine braking, moving object detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, Rain-sensing, speed-sensitive and variable intermittent front windscreen wipers.
The new 2014 Nissan X-Trail SUV is expected to be priced in the range of 20-22 lakh. It will compete against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero and Hyundai Sante Fe.