Nissan X-Trail: Gained Some Weight

Nissan X-Trail

From a compact SUV to a mid-sized SUV, so are the faces of the Nissan X-Trail. Since its third generation the X-Trail gained some weight and hence it became a mid-sized SUV. Though of its larger design it’s still a step below the Pathfinder and Xterra, and a step up to the Juke and Qashqai. The X-Trail has never been offered in the American market, while its first generation was offered in Canada until it was replaced by Rogue. As for the Mexican market the X-Trail is sold right beside the Rogue.

What’s in a Name?

In North America, the X-Trail is also known as the Rogue.

The History

The first generation of the X-Trail was unveiled in the 2000 Paris Motor Show. It came out about the same time other models like the Ford Escape, Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Honda CR-V were being released. Its production lasted 2000-2007.

Current Model

Currently, the X-Trail has reached its third generation, and it drew inspiration from the Hi-Cross Concept, which was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. After debuting in Germany it went on to be featured in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The X-Trail was based on the Common Module Family (CMF) platform which is a joint operation of Renault/Nissan.  It also has design cues from the Patrol, Murano and Juke.

The Variants

The Nissan X-Trail is available in these trims:

  • Visia
  • Acenta
  • n-tec
  • Tekna

Nissan X-Trail

The Powertrain

Powering the X-Trail are a pair of petrol and a single diesel four cylinder engine. Of the pair the 2.5L four gives out the best performance of the petrol engines as it churns out 170 hp. The single 1.6L diesel engine goes all the way to 130 bhp. Depending on the model, you’ll be able to get either 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto or CVT transmission. For the all-wheel drive variations, X-Trails come with a rather interesting adaptive all-wheel system. You can switch to front wheel, all-wheel or auto.


Entering the X-Trail you’ll be happy with top class passenger room and unrivalled boot space. Simply, you’ve got more practicality. Standard features include touchscreen display, air conditioning, Bluetooth and sat nav.


Definitely curvier than its predecessor which was a bit boxier. Looks more sophisticated as it tries to appeal to new buyers. It does have a hint of Qashqai styling from the front with its sharp nose, however this comparison dissipates at the rear. The styling similarities could be linked to the fact that both cars share the same platform.

Our Verdict

The X-Trail used to be ta true thoroughbred 4×4, now that it has got some weight and become a 7-seater it has added comfort and luxury into the fray. The X-Trail’s safety is also top notch with great passive and active systems lined up everywhere. Also, the X-Trail is efficient, meaning you needn’t worry too much about fuel economy. However, it does come with its shortfalls, as there aren’t enough engines to choose from and the drive could be better. All in all this is a great car to move people around.

Convinced of buying an X-Trail? Then, start to budget from £ 21,995.

Has the bigger design worked to endear the X-Trail to consumers or has it worked against them? Have your say, leave a comment.

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