Nissan has made a comeback with its former flagship SUV the “X-Trail”, which will be launched at the Auto Expo 2016. Reportedly, Nissan was planning to launch the X-trail SUV during the festive season, but delayed it due to pricing issues. The X-Trail was the first product by Nissan to be officially sold in the Indian market in 2004 and was discontinued in 2014, due to the low demand.
The all-new Nissan X-Trail was first showcased in the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2013. This seven-seater model, also known as “Rogue” in the U.S markets has a streamline design than its predecessor. The design is more in the order of its global family of crossovers like the Juke, Pathfinder, and Murano. The current generation X-Trail was the first model to be built-up on CMF (Common Modular Family) platform, a modular architecture concept jointly developed by car manufacturers Nissan and Renault for the future Products.
Talking about the interior, the New X-Trail’s cabin has many changes which includes the new upholstery done in black, chrome and beige, giving the centre console a good black finish. A new Nissan Connect infotainment system with 7” color touch screen, Climate Control, Active Ride Control (which adjusts after scanning the road conditions ahead), Uphill Start Support and Advance Hill Descent Control are some of the new driving features added to the model.
Defying its precursor, the current generation X-Trail will be more of an on-roader than an off-road vehicle. It will be offered in Nissan’s 2.0-litre dCi engine mated with a 6-speed manual or a Xtronic CVT gearbox. The new X-Trail will also feature the Nissan’s electronic 4WD system. Just like the previous model, Nissan will bring the new X-trail via the CBU route. The estimated price is expected to be in a range of Rs 32-35 lakhs making it costlier than its competitors- the Honda CR-V, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the likes.
Nonetheless, it’s not about selling the product by big numbers that Nissan is looking for, but making a mark in producing desirable and capable SUV’s, since the demand of this segment has increased considerably in India.