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:
However, many other new enhancements are available on the mid and upper levels only:
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.
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)
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)
TS 4WD Turbo-diesel Auto $35,490 (New)
TL 4WD Turbo-diesel Auto $47,290 (New).