The facelifted third-generation Nissan X-Trail has finally gone on sale in Europe after its dynamic debut in June early this year. Packing striking upgrades to the exterior design and new safety features, the world’s best-selling SUV is not going to let its position slide just yet.
As reported earlier, the X-Trail now gets Nissan’s latest “V-motion” grille, giving it a bolder road presence. The bumper has also been redesigned with new foglamp housings and black plastic trims. On variants that are equipped with full LED headlamps now benefits from the added Adaptive Front Lighting System that illuminates the apex in conjunction with the vehicle’s speed and steering input.
The rear benefits from new LED taillamps with revised graphics as well as a chrome trim across the tailgate. Additionally, a chrome trim around the sides gives the refreshed X-Trail a more robust look. New 18-inch alloy wheel design has been added to the options list. New colours include Monarch Orange, Palatial Ruby, Sapphire Blue and Picador Brown.
Inside, the X-Trail now boasts a range of upgrades that elevates the cabin’s overall look and feel. New items include a slimmer three-spoke steering wheel design that gives 17 percent better instrument cluster visibility, heated seats for first and second row occupants, Premium Tan and Black two-tone leather upholstery, leather knee pad, gloss black air vents, redesigned centre armrest and restyled gear lever.
The boot of the X-Trail is now 15 litres larger than before (now 565 litres) on the five-seater configuration, thanks to improved packaging. Boot space on the seven-seater X-Trails remains the same at 445 litres with all seats in place.
The biggest upgrade on the X-Trail is the inclusion of ProPilot that gives semi-autonomous driving capabilities. The ProPilot bundles Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Pilot which helps ease mental load when driving long distances and city commute. Other safety technologies include – Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Stand Still Assist, Hill Start Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor and Lane Departure Warning.
Like before, the facelifted X-Trail is available in three powertrain options – a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with 128 hp, 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 175 hp and a 1.6-litre turbo petrol with 161 hp. All engines can be paired to either a six-speed manual or X-Tronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) as well as two- or four-wheel drive layout.
Prices for the facelifted Nissan X-Trail in UK starts from £23,385 (RM133k). Locally, Edaran Tan Chong Motors have the pre-facelift third-generation Nissan X-Trail on sale but is severely lacking in the safety department (it only comes with two airbags!). Perhaps this facelift model is what Edaran Tan Chong needs to hold its fort in Malaysia.