The Nissan X-Trail is a premium compact crossover – it is one of the few five-seater SUVs in this segment. This was the first model introduced by Nissan India, back in 2004, and has received two updates till date. The crossover is imported to India via CBU (completely built unit) and sold as part of their premium range alongside the Teana.
The boxy form of the X-Trail has been given a new shape with slightly rounded-off corners. The front protruding bumper with two horizontal slots carries the registration plate in between. The round fog lamps are embossed in the deep squarish insets. The mesh grill has two body-coloured slats which are mildly inclined downwards and the Nissan logo is placed between the two. The newly designed halogen headlamps protrude into the bonnet giving it a higher stance. As an effect, the bonnet is elevated at the sides. The side of the car shows straight horizontal lines with gently bulging out wheel arches. At the rear one can see the tail lamps mounted at a higher level which extend from the centre of the vehicle right to the top. Between the Nissan badge and the registration plate is the prominent chrome garnish strip. A high mounted stoplight that adds to the visibility sits just below the spoiler.
On the inside, though a compact SUV, the X-trail has abundant space thus providing adequate comfort to the passenger. The spacious interiors can easily contain five fully grown adults with sufficient leg room and head room. The split-fold seats help in storing more luggage when completely folded. The car has leather seat upholstery with the front seats equipped with a luggage floor tray. The SLX variants of the SUV are available with a large sun roof. The dashboard has been designed in such a way that it is not too high and offers good visibility to the driver and front passenger. The car boasts of a warm and cool box, three 12-volt power outlets and cup-holders in the centre console. A 2-DIN AM/FM CD player is offered as standard which is connected to four speakers. The safety features in the X-Trail include airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist and ventilated disc brakes.
The Nissan X-Trail is powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engine churning out 150bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. This is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with power delivered to all four wheels. The car features Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist to take any mountainous stretch with ease. The all-terrain vehicle delivers on any kind of surface, be it be slippery or muddy or even roads full of gravel.
The X-Trail competes with the Honda CRV, Chevrolet Captiva, Renault Koleos and the Audi Q3 S. It is available in three variants – LE, SLX MT and SLX AT.