The third-generation Nissan X-Trail, one of the world’s best-selling SUV, will be given a new breath of life. The model refresh for the 2017 Nissan X-Trail is not limited visually but will be given a massive boost in its safety department via the ProPilot autonomous driver assist technology.

The obvious exterior add-ons are the V-shaped front grille and redesigned front bumper. The headlights now get adaptive lighting technology with revised LED DRLs. The circular fog lamps from before are now squared. Behind, the tail lamps receive new graphics and gets a new ‘shark fin’ antenna.

Inside, the X-Trail gets a real sleek three-spoke flat bottomed steering wheel and boasts having higher quality materials. The NissanConnect Infotainment system projects a smartphone-like interface and experience. Just like before, the X-Trail can be had with either five or seven seats.

It gets a slight bump in interior packaging, with an enlarged boot space – up 15 litres to 565 litres from before. The total boot space with all rear seats stowed is a massive 1,996 litres. The Luggage Board System meanwhile provides a modular storage solution available in nine different configurations.

The biggest update of the X-Trail is the implementation of ProPilot. First introduced in the Nissan Serena, the system monitors acceleration, braking and steering while cruising on highways. This, together with Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are part of the new Nissan Intelligent Mobility solution offered for the refreshed X-Trail.

The 2017 Nissan X-Trail is scheduled for UK launch in August with a wide choice of diesel powertrains. Back home, the third-generation Nissan X-Trail was launched in 2015 and will be at a major disadvantage when compared to the new and feature-rich Honda CR-V. But is this update enough to give the fifth-generation CR-V a good fight? Perhaps.

At the same time, do check out our written and video reviews of the current X-Trail SUV.


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Formerly spamming articles about cars and motorsports on this site until the day-job caught up. While the day job remains as exciting as a certain beige sedan, writing about cars could be his closest display of showing passion on cars until he gets either a Bimmer, or an Hachiroku one day...