New 2022 Nissan X-Trail makes debut
The new Nissan X-Trail SUV will arrive in Europe next year with hybrid technology
- Available with e-Power hybrid powertrain from launch
- Will feature bold styling and more technology
- Set to arrive in the UK in 2022
The next-generation Nissan X-Trail has been unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. The large SUV is set to go on sale in Europe early next year and will be powered by Nissan’s e-Power hybrid powertrain from launch.
New 2022 Nissan X-Trail: styling
Nissan is giving its biggest SUV a bold and chunkier new look with angular styling that’s partly inspired by the latest Juke and Qashqai. There are narrow headlight units with daytime running lights for the first time, along with a new V-Motion grille. Around the back is a little more similar to the current model but the rear lights take on a shallow, more angular shape and the rear end looks boxier than the X-Trail you can buy now. The bumper gets a big silver insert and there’s a contrasting roof.
Nissan says the four-wheel-drive version will give the new X-Trail “rugged versatility”, thanks to improved off-road ability. It’ll be configurable for terrain such as snow and gravel, making it an easier car to manage in tricky conditions.
Thanks to the CMF-C platform, which it shares with the brand’s latest Qashaqi and is specifically designed to house the e-Power hybrid powertrain, the new X-Trail will be available with a third row of seats, offering seven-seat capability for those with larger families. The cabin will feature more advanced kit, including the introduction of more driver assistance systems to ensure the X-Trail is one of the leaders in its class when it comes to safety. Judging by the US-spec Rogue, which was unveiled earlier this year, we expect the new X-Trail to come with a large nine-inch touchscreen and digital display, plus a head-up display.
We expect the seven-seat X-Trail will come with plenty of hi-tech features, such as the Nissan ProPilot driver assistance system. Combining adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go functionality and lane-keeping assist, the car will essentially be able to drive itself in some situations. It now uses sat nav data to pre-emptively adjust speed, too.
In terms of connectivity, the next-generation Nissan X-Trail will likely come with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay as standard and a smartphone charging plate. The head-up display is a feature that’s new to the Rogue, although it’s not confirmed for UK cars.
The hybrid powertrain, known as e-Power, is a system based around a petrol engine that acts as a generator for a battery that powers an electric motor. Its 1.5-litre turbocharged engine charges a compact battery, which drives the electric motor to produce a total of 184bhp and 330Nm of torque. The setup ensures emissions are lowered and fuel consumption is increased. Nissan says the setup offers the feeling of driving an electric car..
The fourth-generation X-Trail completes Nissan’s modernisation of its entire SUV range, which started in late 2019 with the second-generation Juke. This was followed by the all-electric Ariya and the exclusively hybrid Qashqai, revealed earlier this year.
Nissan has yet to announce pricing for the new X-Trail but given the new platform and the increase in technology on offer, we expect the price tag to start at a slightly larger figure than the outgoing model, which starts at £26,835.
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