Specifications for the 2023 Nissan X-Trail have been announced for the Australian market, coinciding with the European launch of the SUV.
Entry-level variants of the 2023 X-Trail come outfitted with an updated version of the old model’s 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine. This engine is good for 135 kW (181 hp) and 245 Nm (180 lb-ft) of torque and is coupled exclusively to a CVT. Customers can choose between front- or all-wheel drive.
Arguably of more importance is confirmation that the X-Trail’s e-POWER system will be available in Australia. While specifications for this powertrain haven’t been announced for the local market, we know that in European guise it features a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine acting as a generator for the electric motor. This model pumps out a total of 150 kW (201 hp) in front-wheel drive specification but Australian shoppers will only have the option of four-wheel drive, in the form of the e-4ORCE version.
Output in this model has been upped to 157 kW (211 hp) in European specification thanks to the addition of a 94 kW (126 hp) electric motor at the rear. This reduces the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint to 7 seconds and increases the top speed to 112 mph (180 km/h). The e-4ORCE system also controls torque distribution and braking for each wheel, resulting in improved grip.
“We’re excited that the all-new X-Trail with e-POWER and e-4ORCE will be arriving in Australian showrooms in early 2023,” Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson said. “We’re confident customers will love its unique combination of electrified performance, confidence inspiring handling and robust practicality. As one would expect from a Nissan, it will offer unique customer appeal. We can’t wait to see it in our showrooms.”
While Australian pricing for the 2023 X-Trail kicks off at A$36,750 ($24,710) with the 2.5-liter engine and tops out at AU$52,990 ($35,630), Nissan has not yet announced pricing for the e-POWER version. What we do know is that deliveries of the X-Trail e-POWER will commence in early 2023 while the combustion-powered models will land in the hands of customers during the fourth quarter of this year.