X-Trail is only way at Nis­san

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWLING

IT’S a long time com­ing but Nis­san’s new-gen­er­a­tion X-Trail is cer­tain to grab an even big­ger slice of the com­pact SUV mar­ket.

Part of a to­tal over­haul of its SUV range, the new X-Trail fol­lows the lead of the next Pathfinder — here late this year — by be­ing less rugged and less an­gu­lar.

The X-Trail takes on the Dualis clothes to ap­peal to a broader range of cus­tomers and will also re­place the Dualis +2 model.

Built on Nis­san’s com­mon mod­u­lar plat­form (CMP) that is shared with Re­nault, the longer and wider— yet lower— X-Trail has the op­tion of seven seats with its two oc­ca­sional third row ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Nis­san Aus­tralia is be­ing quiet about this ve­hi­cle but ex­pect it in July next year and priced at a pre­mium of about $2500 on the cur­rent model.

Ex­cept for the ad­di­tion of a turbo-diesel en­gine with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, it is sim­i­lar to the cur­rent model.

The 2.5-litre petrol four re­mains though Nis­san has re­fined fur­ther the CVT au­to­matic for ex­tra bit of smooth­ness. Nis­san claims the big im­prove­ment in the new gear­box is low fric­tion — down 40 per cent on the old unit — which has re­sulted in a 10 per cent in­crease in fuel econ­omy.

It keeps the All Mode 4X4 driv­e­train that al­lows se­lec­tion on the move be­tween 2WD and AWD and has an auto mode for the un­de­cided.

The boot floor can be par­ti­tioned into two lev­els and the wagon gets a big­ger and wider rear door.

Cargo space is in­creased, as is rear legroom.

Nis­san will place the new X-Trail be­tween the small SUV, the Juke that is due here later this year, and the new Pathfinder that is now based on the Max­i­maMu­rano plat­form.

The writer is on twit­ter @cg—dowling

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