The X-Trail SUV is very important for Nissan. The SUV is the brand’s best-seller model worldwide when you factor in its Rogue guise in the U.S. market. The SUV which is offered as a 5-seater or 7-seater is targeted to families that frequently go out for outdoor adventures. Since its debut in 2000, the model has already sold over 3.7 million units worldwide. To make the model even better, Nissan has continued to upgrade the SUV gradually over the years. In the latest news from the Japanese automaker, the 2018 Nissan X-Trail has gained a new 2.0 L, diesel engine to satisfy the need of buyers in need of a high-output X-Trail. Like other models, the latest upgrades for the SUV are customer-focused. The model comes with a more comfortable and functional cabin, innovative technologies and an attractive exterior profile. The greatest news is the addition of the automaker’s ProPILOT semi-autonomous technology.
2018 Nissan X-Trail Exterior
The exterior profile bears just minor upgrades. At the front, designers have widened the V-motion grille, added gloss black inserts on the front apron and added new rectangular-shaped fog lights. The headlight housings are also new and full-LED units and halogen units have been modified to look slightly different with LED acquiring adaptive functionality, a first for the X-Trail. The TS and ST models feature 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/65 tires. The top Ti and TL trims add adaptive LED headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain sensing wipers, motion-activated tailgate and ride on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/60 tires.
Changes at the rear are harder to spot but there is a new chrome strip on the rear bumper while the taillights have also been hooked up with full LED technology.
The models will be availed in three new paint colors which are Copper Blaze, Marine Blue and Ruby Red.
Inside, the automaker has also made some changes including a new steering wheel that features revised multifunction buttons. There is even an option for heated steering wheel. The quality of materials in the cabin has also been improved. There is also an option for heated front and rear seats, another first for the SUV. In terms of upholstery, there is an option for either black leather or a two-tone tan trim. The infotainment user interface has been revised for all trim levels. There is a new 8-speaker BOSE sound system offered as standard. ABS is also standard across all trims. In addition, all models will feature a DAB radio. The models are offered in five trims, three (ST, ST-L & Ti) for petrol-powered models and two (TS & TL) for diesel models.
The 2018 Nissan X-Trail ST and TS models have a 5.0-inch multimedia display, 6 airbags, rearview camera and keyless start. The ST-L adds leather seats, a 7.0-inch multimedia system, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, surround-view monitor, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and pedestrian recognition.
The TL and Ti trims feature a sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, 8-speaker BOSE audio system, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assists and adaptive cruise control.
The layout of the cabin has been revised which has helped improve cargo space, particularly on the 5-seater models. The models will now have a cargo-carrying capacity of 565 liters, an improvement of 15 liters compared to the outgoing models.
Engine and performance
Nissan has also made changes under the hood by adding a new mill. The new turbocharged 2.0 L, diesel engine replaces the outgoing 1.6 L engine. The new mill produces 174 hp and 280 lb-ft torque compared to the 1.6 L engine’s 128 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Models with this engine will, however, be delivered last due to production constraints.
The petrol engines carry over unchanged. They include a naturally aspirated 2.0 L unit that produces 142 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. The second petrol mill is the 2.5 L, also naturally aspirated petrol unit good for 169 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. All engines will be mated to a CVT transmission system. However, the ST FWD trim will have an option for a 6-speed manual transmission.
Price and release date
The entry level ST 2WD trim with a manual gearbox and 5 seats start at $27,990 while the automatic version attracts $30,490. The ST 2WD with 7 seats and automatic gearbox fetches $31,990. The ST 4WD, on the other hand, attracts a price tag of $32,490. The ST-L 2WD trim starts at $36,590 (5-seater) and $38,090 for a 7-seater; the 4WD variant is available for $38,590. The top petrol trim, the Ti 4WD attracts a whopping $44,290. Moving over to diesel mills, the base TS 4WD fetches $35,490 while the TL 4WD is the most expensive X-Trail with a starting price of $47,290.
The petrol mills are already available in Nissan dealerships while diesel mills will arrive in dealerships later on.