Nissan X-Trail Up for a Full Makeover

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Nissan Motor Co. will launch a fully remodeled X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Japan in December.

With a redesigned interior and exterior, the new X-Trail is targeted not only at drivers who enjoy the outdoors, but also people who drive mainly in urban areas. It also comes with improved driving support and safety systems, the automaker said.

Fuel-efficiency has also been improved, with the two-wheel-drive model getting 16.4 km per liter, rather than 12.2013 nissan x-trail 2

Nissan plans to launch a hybrid version of the new X-Trail in December 2014.

Nissan is aiming to sell more than 3 million units a year.

Past & Current Design:

The design brief behind new Nissan X-Trail was to blend the sleek and stylish lines of a modern crossover with the robust appeal of a typical SUV. In place of the rugged, squared off lines of the previous generation, new X-Trail has a premium and dynamic appearance.

Sculptured muscular lines create a distinctive silhouette framed by elegant curves and high wheel arches and feature a number of Nissan signature cues such as the ‘boomerang’ rear lights, structured headlights with LED daytime running lamps and the characteristic D-pillar shape. LED headlights – for both high and low beams – are standard on high grade models while 19-inch alloy wheels also give new Nissan X-Trail an imposing look.

Inside, premium features include chrome, geometric metallic and piano black finishes. Options include a sophisticated cloth fabric covering plus a full leather offering with contrasting stitch accents. The spacious interior has theatre-style seating and the option of two extra seats to make room for seven inside.

Practical touches include rear side doors that open to almost 80 degrees – far wider than normal – to allow not just easy access but also to ease the loading and unloading of a child’s safety seat. Middle row seat comfort has been improved thanks to extra knee room generated by the longer wheelbase and the new front seats having more heavily sculpted seat backs.Nissan-X-Trail-cargo

The middle row seats recline and slide while, where fitted, the third row folds forward to increase luggage space.

Helpful touches include, for example, a large between-the-seats console box. The box itself is large enough to take an iPad or 10-inch tablet.

The versatility pioneered in the previous model goes further in new X-Trail thanks to a smart and innovative double load floor providing flexible storage options. The cargo area can be portioned into upper and lower areas in a simple single-handed move. In its top most position, the board can hold up to 10 kilograms of luggage, or 75 kilograms in its lower position. This split cargo solution enables the user to store, for example, a stroller and large items below while creating a fully usable upper load surface for smaller, lighter items.

In addition, access to the luggage area has also been made as easy as possible with remote operation of the power tailgate.

The result is a dynamic mix of progressive exterior styling with a spacious, functional and high quality interior.

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