The new Nissan X-Trail is the best looking version of itself yet. Nissan has gotten rid of its old boxy design to adapt a more stylish, sleek body. It comes with a wider V-shaped grille and features daytime running lamps for a more comfortable driving and visual experience.
The automatic dual zone climate control in particular is something most Filipinos will appreciate, as it can come in handy in our hot, tropical climate.
For off-road traveling, the 4×4-I System instantly distributes power to all four wheels, and to improve your safety on the road, the Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert features will help you avoid scrapes and fender benders.
While the original X-Trail was launched in 2001, it’s still a major player in the crossover segment, especially now with all these cool additions.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility
Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility for the X-Trail takes safe driving up by several notches, with features like Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Warning. The cruise control system lets you:
- Be aware if there are any blind spots around
- See a 360-degree view of your surroundings
- Instantly know there’s movement around the vehicle
- Detect vehicles around during reversing
Other cruise control features are Intelligent Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning.
Many of the upgrades in the X-Trail are geared towards family adventures as well as driving in the big city. ProPilot is a cruise control system designed for stop-and-go traffic. It helps your car stay in your lane as you go into a curve. The system lets the X-trail understand traffic conditions through an advanced image processing technology so heavy traffic becomes less stressful. The X-Trail is Nissan’s second car to have integrated ProPilot.
The changes in the new X-Trail include an interior redesign as well. The seats allow optimum comfort, and the passenger seat and second row seats can be reclined to allow more leg room and cargo. Tall drivers will certainly love the high roofline.
What’s more impressive is the optional third row of seats. For additional space, you can use the optional 50/50 split folding third row for more cargo space or for driving your whole family around.
The steering wheel also feels nicer than that of the X-Trail’s predecessors, and you can just feel the whole interior is filled with quality materials. It’s worth noting there’s a good amount of storage space in the front, which includes a large glove box.
The dashboard is ergonomically designed so buttons are easy to reach. The buttons and switches are also easy to operate so you can drive with precision.
As mentioned above, the crossover’s tech sharpens its responses to surrounding vehicles, bumps, and corners, making it one of the best in its class in terms of off-road driving, family fun, or even heading out to the nearest convenience store. While it’s a big SUV, the front and rear sensors will help you steer and park with ease.
The 4WD is usually not necessary if your daily drive doesn’t require rough roads. That’s why having the choice of two- and four-wheel drives is quite convenient. In fact, with its power and by installing reliable tires, the 2WD mode can still serve you well when getting up steep slopes.
You can choose from three engines—one petrol and two diesels. Consider the 1.6 petrol if you usually don’t carry heavy loads. While engine noise is noticeable, it’s quieter than many of the X-Trail’s rivals, and mechanical vibration is kept at a minimum. On the other hand, it’s also a utility vehicle crafted specifically for rough terrain, so the two diesels fit perfect for this type of car.
Along with all the road safety technology, the X-Trail is also built with six airbags.
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Nissan has been scoring high in reliability surveys and all their automobiles are generally constructed to stand the test of time. The X-Trail is definitely a great family car and will serve you well as a cargo carrier and off-roader.
Looks-wise, it doesn’t look like it will ever look out of style because its general appearance is the same as its 2014 version and it still looks cool and fabulous.
The new X-Trail is a noteworthy improvement than its previous versions and it no longer looks strictly utilitarian. It’s not surprising at all that the X-Trail is one of the top selling SUVs of 2017.