Luxury hybrid cars are the flavour of the moment here in India. Having showcased quite a few of them (Read: VW Passat GTE, Toyota Prius) at the 2016 Auto Expo, it’s time for...
Nissan X-Trail Hybrid
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Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Preview
Earlier shown at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid is on its way to the showrooms here in India. While Nissan India officially sold the first and the second generation of the X-Trail, the brand never had the current-gen model (introduced in 2013) up until now. The third-gen model, in fact, will be introduced in the eco-friendly hybrid form.
On the outside, the X-Trail Hybrid looks quirky and striking thanks to the high-set hood and the ‘V’ chrome accent on the grille. Also improving the road presence are the striking pair of headlights featuring LEDs. In profile, the X-Trail remains calm and features subtle design curves. The delicately flared wheel arches and minimal cladding all around lend a very functional look to this car. Lastly, the rear-end design, though not as impactful as the front-end, looks attractive with those nicely detailed taillights and a big tailgate.
Interior wise, the dashboard is angled towards the driver and has a distinct ridge flowing across the top half that moves on to the door pads. The unique looking three-spoke steering wheel gets a silver accent which matches those on the centre console and the door pads.
Engine and gearbox
The India-bound X-Trail is all about its clever drivetrain. There’s a 2-litre, in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine paired to a 31kW electric motor for a total power output of around 180bhp. All that power is sent to the road via Nissan's Dual Clutch Control. This hybrid arrangement is available in Nissan’s front-engine, front-wheel-drive cars only which means the forthcoming X-Trail Hybrid will not feature all-wheel drive. The X-Trail Hybrid will be introduced as a fully imported model which is why we are expecting it to cost well over Rs 30 lakh. Now even though that is expensive, buyers would be pleased to know there is nothing quite like the X-trail Hybrid as it’s the first ever luxury hybrid crossover to be sold in India.
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