2023 Nissan X-Trail

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GENERATION four X-Trail is good to go later this year after Nissan this week confirmed pricing and model structure of the new mid-size SUV.

Pricing for mainstream X-Trails starts at $36,750 before on-road costs for the base model ST 2WD five-seater representing a hefty $6000 plus increase over the previous entry level 2.0-litre 2WD ST.

An AWD ST seven-seater goes for $39,790 + ORC while at the other end of the scale, the new range topping Ti-L AWD five-seater is pitched at $52,990 + ORC, a toupee-lifting $6875 on top of the previous Ti 2.5 flagship.

Between those two are the ST-L in 2WD and AWD at $43,190 and $46,290 respectively with the latter a seven-seater. A step up the range takes us to the penultimate Ti AWD five-seater at $49,990. All prices before on-road costs.

Offsetting the price hikes somewhat is additional equipment as standard across the range.

ST grade scores LED lighting front and rear, roof rails, shift-by-wire, high-beam assist, a rear parking camera and sensors and more.

The 8.0-inch infotainment screen is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, 4 USB slots (2 Type-A +2 Type-C) with 17-inch alloy wheels and a comprehensive suite of active safety that includes, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear AEB with pedestrian detection and cross-traffic alert, Lane departure prevention and Intelligent Cruise Control.

ST-L trim builds on the ST model’s equipment with the introduction of ProPilot driver and safety tech that includes lane-keep assist. Also included are privacy glass, fog lights, 360-degree parking cameras, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, sliding rear seats, front parking sensors, synthetic leather trim , 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, tyre pressure monitoring and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Ti is positioned as a premium model, introducing genuine leather-accented seating, 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, LED turn signals, digital rearview mirror, tri-zone climate control, adaptive headlights, auto wipers and a power operated rear tailgate.

It also significantly ups the technology offering, with a 12.3-inch navigation-equipped touchscreen, a 10.8-inch head-up display, wireless phone charging and wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as a 12.3-inch TFT digital driver display.

The flagship Ti-L features a heated steering wheel, Bose 10-speaker premium sound system, full Nappa leather, with front seat position memory, rear sunshades, hands-free tailgate, heated rear outboard seats and remote engine start.

But the really big news concerns the X-Trail e-Power that is confirmed to join the line-up featuring a hybrid driveline the likes of which has not come to Australia yet.

It is due some time after the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars arrive.

The X-Trail e-Power will feature an efficient motor generator system first used in the Nissan Note (not sold here) and the new-generation Qashqai small SUV that will also gain the hybrid system.

It utilises a small 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine as a generator for a small battery, which in turn feeds a 140kW/330Nm electric traction motor driving the front wheels.

The petrol engine operates mostly at a constant speed turning the generator and responding as needed to extra load.

No other hybrid car available here uses this type of system, where the engine is not directly connected to the car’s transmission.

The clever set-up means the SUV will drive like an electric vehicle, but use petrol and regenerative braking to create electricity rather than relying on a plug to recharge the battery, promising to deliver low emissions and frugal fuel consumption.

Nissan’s fourth-generation X-Trail sits on a new CMF-C platform that Nissan says “brings a refined interior space, delivers more power and torque, and introduces the semi-autonomous ProPilot driver-assist system on the value-packed ST-L version”.

All models have standard rear cross-traffic alert and auto emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, intelligent emergency lane keeping, and blind-spot warning and intervention.

X-Trail with the optional multi-mode all-wheel-drive system have driver-selectable Eco, Standard and Sport modes linked to five bespoke traction modes and algorithms to suit conditions such as bitumen, dirt, ice and snow.

Towing capacity has increased by 500kg to 2.0 tonnes, while revisions to the 2.5 litre engine have delivered a 9kW lift in power, and an 18Nm increase in torque, to 135kW and 244Nm.

Like a scaled up Qashqai, X-Trail styling displays current Nissan DNA with attractive lines, pleasing proportions and a sporty stance for an SUV. 

“No two Australian families are exactly the same, which is why flexibility is at the core of the all-new Nissan X-Trail,” said Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson.

“Whether you need to carry five people or seven, or whether your adventures take you on roads or off them, the fourth-generation X-Trail is designed to fit your family perfectly.

“The all-new X-Trail puts safety first, with a comprehensive suite of advanced safety and technology features – including the availability of Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot driver-assist system.”

2023 Nissan X-Trail pricing*:

ST 2WD

$36,750

ST 4WD 7 Seat

$39,790

ST-L 2WD

$43,190

ST-L 4WD 7 Seat

$46,290

Ti 4WD

$49,990

Ti-L 4WD

$52,990

*excludes on-road costs

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