The fourth generation of the Nissan X-Trail has finally arrived in Europe, more than two years after the debut of the US-spec Rogue sibling. Predictably, the SUV is exclusively available in the electrified form in Europe, with the lineup comprising hybrid (e-Power) and mild-hybrid petrol powertrains.
Starting with the important news the CMF-C-based Nissan X-Trail is offered in three different power outputs in Europe. The entry-level model comes fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter variable compression ratio petrol engine, featuring a mild-hybrid tech for lower emissions. The mill produces 161 hp (120 kW / 163 PS) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque, sending power exclusively to the front axle through the Xtronic CVT gearbox. The 12V mild-hybrid system stores energy in a lithium-ion battery, offering extended idle stop, coasting, and up to 6 Nm (4.4 lb-ft) of torque when needed. The mild-hybrid X-Trail accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).
Those looking for something stronger and more electrified, should opt for the e-Power self-charging-hybrid, coming in 2WD or 4WD guises. There, the turbocharged 1.5-liter petrol engine that is under the bonnet is not connected to the wheels, but acts as a generator for the electric motor, operating at low revs for a more quiet ride. The combined power output of the front-wheel-drive hybrid is 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS), offering a 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds and a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph).
In the four-wheel-drive model, power is slightly increased to 211 hp (157 kW / 213 PS) thanks to an additional 126 hp (94 kW / 128 PS) electric motor at the back. This slashes the 0-100 km/h sprint to 7 seconds and increases the top speed to 180 km/h (112 mph). More importantly, Nissan’s e-4ORCE technology controls torque distribution and braking for each wheel, working faster than a mechanical 4WD system and providing with extra grip. As is the case with other electrified Nissan models, the X-Trail e-Power hybrid gets the e-Pedal system.
A Modern Yet Familiar Look Inside And Out
It is hard to notice any difference between the different versions of the X-Trail / Rogue that are now sold all over the world. Setting aside the different trim structure, the European model looks identical to the Japanese specification that was unveiled a few weeks ago, incorporating Nissan’s latest design language.
The same applies to the interior, where the 12.3-inch touchscreen for the NissanConnect infotainment is combined with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a fancy 10.8-inch head-up display. The ProPILOT with Navi-link suite includes the latest ADAS from Nissan’s portfolio, while the model comes standard with seven airbags – including the central airbag between the driver and the front passenger. Perceived quality has improved over the previous generation with more premium upholstery and upmarket looks, without losing the focus on practicality.
Nissan claims it is easier to access the sliding second row of seats, rear passengers have the option of dedicated controls for air-conditioning and USB slots for charging, rear windows have integrated sun-blinds, while the optional third row transforms the X-Trail into a seven-seater. According to the company, passengers as tall as 160 cm can be accommodated in the third row, placing their feet under the second-row bench. As for the boot, behind the hands-free tailgate, there is room for 585 lt (20.7 cubic feet) of luggage when the third row is not in use.
European Sales Start This Fall
The Nissan X-Trail will arrive across Europe this fall positioned as the new flagship of the automaker’s range in the continent. In the UK market where orders open this month ahead of deliveries in October, prices range from £32,030 ($37,077) for the entry-level front-wheel-drive mild-hybrid with five seats, and go all the way up to £48,155 ($55,731) for the flagship four-wheel-drive self-charging-hybrid with seven seats. Rivals include the likes of the recently-updated Toyota RAV4, the Subaru Forester, the VW Tiguan Allspace, the Skoda Kodiaq, and Peugeot 5008.