Nissan’s best selling world vehicle, the mid-range SUV X-Trail has got the decorators in and given us a refreshed and invigorated model for 2018, including a new SV Premium trim, coming with a host of additional features and choice. The new five or seven-seat Nissan X-Trail will be also be available with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology in 2018.
Prices for the 2018 X-Trail, 1.6litre petrol, XE grade 5-Seater starts at €32,150, with the 7-Seater, 1.6 litre petrol, SV grade starting at €36,600.
Overall length of the X-Trail has been increased by 50mm, the crossover now 4,690mm from bumper to bumper. Width is the same at 1,830mm, height 1,710mm and wheelbase is 2,705mm.
Six of the eight existing exterior colours have been carried over, with four new additional shades added – Orange Pearl, Red Pearl, Blue Pearl Metallic, and Dark Brown Pearl.
Internally the 2018 X-Trail gets a new D-shaped steering wheel, which provides better visibility to the driver’s console, with the steering controls more intuitive so as to reduce eyes off the road time.
Leather upholstery, standard on SVE grade, features enhanced quilting to create more defined seat contours, with heated seats for both front and rear occupants, but not for third row, standard on SVE grade. A new tan leather interior is available as an optional extra on the SVE grade.
A new leather kneepad on both sides of the centre console has been added, while the area above the glove box has been given a more contemporary finish. The air vents now feature a new gloss black surface.
The new X-Trail has a wider range of interior door trims to distinguish the different grades, while the central armrest storage area has been redesigned. On models with the CVT XTronic automatic transmission, the gear selector has been restyled and features a new leather-style gaiter.
The second row of seats slide and recline On seven-seat versions, which make up 40% of the sales mix in Europe, access to the roomy third row is simple and convenient. Boot space is up from 550 litres to 565 litres on the five-seat version with all seats in place. Capacity on seven-seat interiors remains unchanged at 445 litres. Total space with all seats folded flat increases to 1,996 litres.
Four grade trims are available, XE, SV, SV Premium and SVE. The two highest grades of X-Trail, have previously come with an electric tailgate as standard. This feature has been enhanced on new X-Trail with the additional of hands-free functionality. Customers with shopping bags or holding young children close by can now kick their foot under the centre of the car’s rear bumper to automatically activate the opening mechanism.
Every X-Trail boot comes with Nissan’s Flexible Luggage Board System, which allows for shelves and dividers to be adjusted in any one of nine configurations. These include a hidden compartment to keep valuables out of sight.
Depending on the grade chosen, other available features include an opening panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, privacy glass, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and roof rails.
Additional options include exterior styling plates and side styling bars. Genuine Nissan accessories include a dog guard, roof bars and a fixed towbar with electric hook-up.
Sound by Bose
Nissan’s audio partner Bose has supplied an all-new eight-speaker system as standard on the SVE grade 5 seater, featuring two 25mm tweeters at the base of the windscreen, a 165mm woofer in each front door and a 130mm mid-range speaker in each rear door. Two 115mm woofers are housed in a 7.7-litre custom-engineered enclosure mounted in the spare wheel well. A BOSE digital amplifier with eight channels of custom equalisation and digital signal processing is mounted under the passenger seat.
DAB digital radio is now standard for the first time, while the NissanConnect touch-screen satellite navigation unit (standard from SV) features a new user interface that’s more app-like in appearance. Where the NissanConnect system is fitted, the new X-Trail now features a ‘shark fin’ roof antenna for improved reception and a more contemporary finish.
Every new Nissan X-Trail comes with six airbags as standard, plus driver assistance systems including anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control. Other standard equipment includes cruise control with speed limiter, Bluetooth connectivity, manual air-conditioning, electric folding / heated door mirrors and alloy wheels.
SV Premium grade introduces the Intelligent Key & Engine Start Button, roof rails, 18” alloy wheels and hands-free functionality on the boot.
New Driver Assist pack consists of: Intelligent Park Assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention and Driver Attention Alert is now an option on the SV Premium Grade.
In 2018 Nissan will introduce ProPILOT on the new X-Trail. It’s the first stage on the brand’s journey to autonomous driving, giving drivers more freedom by allowing them to automate the mundane elements of their motoring life.
ProPILOT will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising. It is based on three technologies – Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Traffic Jam Pilot (TJP). ProPILOT is activated via a button on the X-Trail’s steering wheel. Information will be displayed in the combimeter between the instrument dials. Further details on ProPILOT will be given nearer to its launch.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, is now available for the first time. If the driver attempts to reverse when an approaching vehicle is detected, the system gives visual and audible warnings.
Intelligent Emergency Braking, on the X-Trail since 2014, has now been upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition. This technology helps to minimise collisions with pedestrians using a combination of forward-facing radar and camera.
Stand Still Assist (SSA), supplements Hill Start Assist (HSA) on cars with a manual transmission. SSA holds the car in a stationary position for up to three minutes, after which time the parking brake is automatically activated. SSA works on inclines, declines and on the flat, allowing the driver to take their foot off the brake.
Other safety technologies offered on the X-Trail include; Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor and Lane Departure Warning.
X-Trail engine line-up:
The range consists of three efficient engines, including the new 2.0-litre 177PS diesel and 1.6-litre 163PS petrol. It means customers have the choice of petrol or high and low-powered diesel, six-speed manual or CVT XTronic automatic transmissions, and two or four-wheel drive.
Engine 1.6 130PS diesel 1.6 130PS diesel 1.6 130PS diesel 2.0 177PS diesel 2.0 177PS diesel 2.0 177PS diesel 1.6 163PS petrol
Transmission 6MT (2WD) 6MT (4WD) CVT (2WD) 6MT (4WD) CVT (2WD) CVT (4WD) 6MT (2WD)
CO2 (g/km) 129 139 135 149 148 158 145
Performance figures are with 17-inch wheels