Recently released: Nissan X-Trail

A new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, technology and equipment updates, along with revamped styling, headline the launch of Nissan’s 2018 X-Trail medium-sized SUV.

By Barry Green

The 130kW/380Nm turbo-diesel replaces the previous 1.6-litre turbo-diesel unit, while the 2.0-litre 106kW/200Nm and 2.5-litre 126kW/226Nm four-cylinder petrol engines carry over.

The line-up includes ST (entry level), ST-L (mid) and Ti (top) petrol models and TS (entry) and TL (top) turbo-diesel models.

Upgrades across the range include:

  • Intelligent Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • New front fascia with signature Nissan “V-motion” grille, revised headlights and LED signature daytime running lights
  • New rear styling with updated bumper designed and revised rear combination lamps and LED boomerang signature tail lights
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • New shifter knob design and leather gear-shift boot
  • Revised centre console and lid
  • Addition of three new exterior paint colours: Marine Blue, Copper Blaze and Ruby Red.

However, many other new enhancements are available on the mid and upper levels only:

  • New 17-inch (ST / TS, ST-L) and 19-inch (Ti / TL grades) alloy wheels
  • Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection (Ti, TL grades)
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) (Ti grade)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) (ST-L, Ti, TL grades)
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) (Ti, TL grades)
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention (Ti grade)
  • BOSE audio system with eight speakers, including two sub-woofer speakers (Ti, TL grades)
  • Motion Activated Tailgate (Ti, TL grades)
  • Heated steering wheel (Ti, TL grades)
  • Heated rear seats (Ti, TL grades)
  • High Beam Assist (Ti, TL grades)

The new X-TRAIL is offered with standard two-row/five-passenger seating. Three-row/seven-passenger seating is optionally available on certain model grades.

To maximise cargo space, Nissan’s EZ Flex Seating System allows rear seats to slide forward or backwards or fold down. The front passenger seat folds rearwards, allowing transport of long items when combined with the flat folding 40/20/40-split second-row seat. Also featured is a revised Divide-N-Hide Cargo System that provides adjustable space variations within the cargo area (not available when the third-row seating is fitted).

The 2WD-only 2.0 litre-powered ST uses a six-speed manual transmission whereas all 2.5-litre variants (available in both 2WD and 4WD) are mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT with manual mode. Xtronic-equipped grades come fitted with an ECO mode.

ADR combined-cycle fuel consumption is:
2.0-litre turbo-diesel 6.0 litres/100km
2.0-litre petrol (ST manual) 8.2 litres/100km
2.5-litre petrol (available in all three model grades – ST, ST-L and Ti) from 7.9 litres/100km.

The ST, and ST-L are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels in a new design, complete with 225/65 R17 tyres. The Ti and TL grades are fitted with 19-inch alloys (previously 18-inch) wearing 225/60 R19 tyres. A space-saving temporary spare wheel (steel) is fitted to all model grades.

2017 Nissan X-TRAIL Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices:

Petrol 2WD
ST 2WD Petrol Manual $27,990 (No change on the outgoing model)
ST 2WD Petrol Auto $30,490 (No change on the outgoing model)
ST-L 2WD Petrol Auto $36,590 (No change on the outgoing model)

ST 2WD Petrol Auto 7 Seats $31,990 (No change on the outgoing model)
ST-L 2WD Petrol Auto 7 Seats $38,090 (No change on the outgoing model)

Petrol 4WD
ST 4WD Petrol Auto $32,490 ($1490 less than the outgoing model)
ST-L 4WD Petrol Auto $38,590 ($900 less than the outgoing model)
TI 4WD Petrol Auto $44,290 ($900 less than the outgoing model)

Turbo-Diesel 4WD
TS 4WD Turbo-diesel Auto $35,490 (New)
TL 4WD Turbo-diesel Auto $47,290 (New).