Refreshed Nissan X-Trail coming soon to India

The Nissan X-Trail is a capable 4×4 SUV, but hasn’t been selling in great volumes in India because of the price. Now, Nissan is apparently planning to bring in the refreshed Nissan X-Trail that was recently showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new Nissan X-Trail will be a seven-seater, and not a five-seater like the current one sold in India, which should straight away put it in the consideration set of buyers looking for SUVs in the Rs. 20 lakh plus price point. The new X-Trail will also come at a lower price tag of about Rs. 20 lakh when launched in India.

The lower pricing is likely because of the new platform is using to build the X-Trail, called the CMF or common-module platform family, which will share a lot of parts with other cars in the family. Nissan plans 11 cars on this platform, from hatchbacks to sedans and SUVs. The current Nissan X-Trail and the Renault Koleos share a lot of their underpinnings as well.

In terms of looks, the new X-Trail has shed some of that butch off-roader image and looks more like a crossover, in more or less the way the Koleos does. The front looks typical of Nissan SUVs, but with a slightly more aggressive nose. The angular headlamps feature LED daytime running lamps. The window line is clean and looks quite premium. The glass area is slightly reduced though compared to the current vehicle.

The rear of the vehicle is rounded off and features wrap-around tail-lamps. The boot area is spacious enough for two forward facing seats in the third row, and access to the third row is by sliding the middle-row forward. Read: Nissan X-Trail road test

The X-Trail will likely be powered by the current 2-litre diesel engine (150 bhp) and possibly an updated 1.6 litre diesel engine. It will come with an option of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive system has an auto option and lock mode. It will likely have a six-speed manual transmission and CVT automatic transmission.

Nissan plans to make this X-Trail in five-plants worldwide and sell it in about 100 different countries and locations. With its India being a strategically located one, it may assemble it at Chennai for the domestic and export markets. Also see: Nissan X-Trail vs Skoda Yeti vs Honda CR-V

What do you think of the new Nissan X-Trail’s looks?