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Nissan hopes updated X-Trail will extend global success

Nissan hopes updated X-Trail will extend global success
Deon Schoeman

It may be just an update, but the mid-life refresh of Nissan’s X-Trail proves just how competitive the compact SUV segment is worldwide – and that the rivalry is becoming fiercer all the time.

Nissan sold 766 000 X-Trails and Rogues (the X-Trail’s nameplate in the US) in 2016, making it the globe’s top-selling SUV, the company says. The mid-term update – revealed at the UEFA Champions League final in Wales over the weekend – is meant to entrench the X-Trail’s success, despite growing competition from newer offerings.

Those include the most recent versions of the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson, both of which have moved more upmarket, as well as the Renault Kadjar (which is popular in Europe, but not sold in the US) and the Peugeot 3008, which is Europe’s reigning Car Of The Year.

The updated X-Trail gets a bolder, more pronounced front end, mirroring the design approach already adopted by the recently released Navara bakkie. Included are a deeper and broader V-shaped grille, a new bumper with extended colour coding, and gloss black detailing.

The headlights are also new, and incorporate more distinctive daytime running lights, while rectangular, slimline fog lamps have replaced the original circular ones.

The rear changes combine a more robust rear bumper with chrome detailing and full LED tail light clusters. In profile, there’s a different side moulding design, as well as revised alloy wheels in 17-inch and 18-inch sizes, depending on model.

The cabin layout remains very much the same: both five and seven-seater options have been retained. But the overall impression is of a smarter space, thanks to upgraded materials. There’s a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with more intuitive multifunction controls, too.

Standard equipment levels of the newcomer will vary according to market, but will probably follow existing trends and designations as far as the SA-bound range is concerned. That also goes for the engine choice, which will stick with the current petrol and turbodiesel units.

Thus, expect the 106 kW/200 Nm 2,0-litre petrol and the 126 kW/233 Nm 2,5-litre petrol to remain on offer, together with the popular 96 kW/320 Nm dCi turbodiesel. As with the current range, drivetrain options also include front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, as well as manual or CVT gearboxes.

The updated Nissan X-Trail is expected to go on sale in South Africa towards the end of August.

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