Nissan has revealed the new 2021 X-Trail, known as the Rogue in the US market, featuring a completely new design, with key design elements such as the floating roof, a V-motion active front grille, underbody covers to manage air flow under the vehicle and a unique air curtain that directs air flow from the front to the sides of the SUV.
Towards the side, the Nissan Intelligent Key is now applicable to the rear doors, as well as the front. Both driver or passengers can unlock the rear doors at the touch of a button on the rear door handle (or unlock all doors by pressing twice), rather than needing to unlock with buttons on the front door handles. The rear doors itself now open up to nearly 90 degrees, making it easier to get in and out of the SUV or to get a child seat in and out.
Inside, the X-Trail is offered with a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” low-fatigue spinal support seats. The split folding seats can even be remote folded.
The cockpit now comes with USB Type A and Type C charging ports, a new electronic shifter design, freeing up extra storage space under the new “floating” center console. The new X-Trail is also offered with a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 9-inch touchscreen display (largest in its class), a 10.8-inch head-up display, ambient lighting and a Bose Premium Audio System.
Aside from the 10 airbags, the new X-Trail also gets adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking front and rear, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist with steering correction, high beam assist and rear cross traffic alert as part of its ProPILOT Assist driver assistance system.
When activated, the “hold time” in stop-and-go traffic has now been increased to 30 seconds from three seconds previously – allowing the vehicle to remain stopped and automatically continue without the driver resetting the function or tapping the accelerator pedal. This is only available for models with ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link. Using the traffic sign recognition feature, the system can also automatically update the vehicle’s speed when the speed limit goes up or down.
The new X-Trail also comes with the new Vehicle Motion Control system that predicts what the driver is trying to do by monitoring steering, acceleration and brake inputs. It works in conjunction with the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system through different drive modes to provide four-wheel individual control, even by applying a single brake to allow the SUV to corner more smoothly.
Five different drive modes are available – Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco and Sport – in the All-wheel Drive models while the Front-wheel Drive models come with Sport, Standard and Eco.
The new X-Trail is powered by an updated 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engine with 181 hp and 245 Nm, with a 11 hp increase and 8 Nm increase, to go with a new electric power steering rack and new multi-link rear suspension setup.