At the recently concluded media drive of the Datsun Go+ Compact MPV, CarToq got a chance to interact with the senior management of Nissan India. The interaction threw up interesting new plans that the Japanese automaker has in store for the Indian car market.
The automaker continues to bet big on the Indian car market and has a slew of new launches coming up in the months to come. While Nissan has officially discontinued the previous generation X-Trail from India, the next-generation version is indeed in the works for a launch here. However, the time frame of the 2014 X-Trail’s arrival into India has not been specified.
The 2014 X-Trail SUV was first unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV features monocoque construction and is larger than the outgoing model in terms of length, width and wheelbase. Ground clearance stands at a hefty 210 mm while the seating on the inside has been tweaked to accommodate 7 adults.
The new X-Trail is based on the common module family (CMF) platform and comes with a barrage of features on the inside, which also gets a completely new design. The SUV also looks sharper than its more butch looking predecessor. In terms of mechanicals, the new X-Trail gets a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine with outputs rated at 130 Bhp and 320 Nm.
6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes are on offer with this engine. The 3rd generation X-Trail is lighter than the outgoing model by nearly 90 kilograms, thanks to the extensive use of weight saving materials. The SUV gets a ALL Mode 4X4-i all wheel drive system on top end variants with the base model making do with a front wheel drive layout.
New safety equipment on the new SUV includes park assist, lane departure warning, blind spot alert, forward emergency braking, moving object detection and high beam assist. These safety aids are in addition to airbags and ABS+EBD. All in all, the 2014 Nissan X-Trail is a big step up from the outgoing model in almost all respects.
For the Indian market, Nissan will have to chart out a CKD assembly route for the 2014 X-Trail, if it plans to make the SUV a big success through sharp pricing. The previous generation X-Trail was a tepid seller all along, thanks to a high price tag on the back of importing through the completely built unit route.