Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors13052017 Contents EWAN KENNEDY
NISSAN has given its midsize X-Trail SUV
a big performance boost, a solid makeover
in appearance both inside and out, added
significant technology and improved its overall
Now in its 17th year, over four generations,
with total sales downunder approaching
200,000, the X-Trail is an important vehicle in
the sales armament of the Australian arm of the
Japanese giant that has operated in Australia
since the mid 1960s (beginning as Datsun).
Though the appearance changes to the body
are restricted to the ‘soft’ areas, that is plastic
and glass front and rear, visually it looks quite a
bit different. New design wheels are part of the
Even bolder than before in its face and tail
X-Trail could easily be mistaken for a new
model by those who aren’t trainspotters.
Excellent news is the introduction of three
new exterior colours: Marine Blue, Copper
Blaze and Ruby Red. Hopefully buyers will snap
these to complement the new body shape.
Thus fighting against the 500 shades of grey
that make our roads look so boring these days.
Inside there’s a sporty looking flat-bottomed
steering wheel, different gear-shift knob design
and a leather trim. The centre console and its
lid have also been altered.
Black trim is standard in all, though it varies
in spec according to models. However an
interesting option in the top two grades, Ti and
TL is upmarket looking tan trim.
Infotainment is provided by an AM/FM/CD
audio system. With connection by Aux, USB
connection port for iPod and other compatible
devices; Bluetooth hands-free phone system. A
Bose audio system is used on Ti and TL models.
The X-Trail is offered with five or seven-
seat versions, though the seven-seater is only
available if you chose the 2WD model with the
2.5-litre petrol engine.
Mechanically, the biggest change to new
X-Trail is the installation of a 2.0-litre turbo-
diesel four-cylinder engine in the all-wheel-
drive models. With 130 kW and 380 Nm it
replaces the previous 1.6-litre diesel and we
found the bigger engine a real pleasure to sit
Lightly revised versions of the 2.0-litre four-
cylinder petrol engine (106kW, 200Nm) and the
2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol (126 kW / 226 Nm)
are also offered. The smaller unit is only sold in
the price-leading 2WD X-Trail.
Passive safety technology is a big feature
throughout the latest Nissan X-Trail. Intelligent
Emergency Braking and Forward Collision
Warning are fitted to all variants.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert is used in all but the
base ST model. Intelligent Emergency Braking
with pedestrian detection and Adaptive Front
Lighting are used in X-Trail Ti and TL grades.
Finally the topline Ti model has Intelligent
Cruise Control and Intelligent Lane Intervention,
the latter steering the car back onto course if an
inattentive driver doesn’t do so.
Our Nissan-arranged drive program of the
latest Nissan X-Trail took place in southern
Victoria, from the Otways to Apollo Bay by a
circuitous route covering close to 300 kms.
Though the roads and scenery were stunning
Nissan kept us clear of Melbourne traffic, as
well as the stupefyingly boring run at 99.9
km/h on the camera-infested motorway out
to Geelong, by flying us over the top of these
areas in helicopters.
Great fun, but it won’t be for a further
few weeks that we can give you our driving
impressions in the real world of traffic, parking
stations and other real-world areas.
Anyhow, the family Nissan handled rough
and ready roads, including several sections
of serious dirt, with ease. It’s obvious that
considerable work has gone into noise,
vibration and harshness (NVH) intrusion to the
This really does feel and sound line a vehicle
from the next class up.
The front seats use Nissan’s Zero Gravity
design that tailors correct body support to
individual area proved comfortable enough,
though we didn’t get a chance to test them over
long periods of time.
Oh, and the heated steering wheels of the
Ti and TL versions we road tested were much
appreciated during the cold snap that greeted
us during an early Victorian winter.
Handling of the Nissan is tenacious, but
not particularly interesting as the X-Trail
is obviously intended for those looking for
comfort ahead of sportiness.
All-in-all the latest Nissan X-Trail is an
impressive family SUV that provides excellent
interior space, offers good value and has plenty
of visual appearance.
For further information, contact North Star
Motors LMCT 8241 at 29 Orange Avenue,
Mildura, telephone 5021 3866 or visit
Nissan X-Trail makeover
Sunraysia Daily Saturday, May 13, 2017
0458 128 142
0439 274 985
0403 884 174
29 Orange Avenue
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