On the Nissan Philippines website, the 2016 X-Trail is marketed as a confidence-boosting, testosterone-driven sport utility vehicle. But, that’s not to say that this compact SUV is designed mainly for guys who demand respect on the road. The new X-Trail’s sleeker design and much larger seating capacity makes it more of a family car with an attitude, rather than a testosterone-filled pony that only attracts cowboys and muscle-bound car enthusiasts.
The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is a collaborative effort between Renault and Nissan. According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the X-Trail will go by another name in North America—the Nissan Rogue. And unlike its predecessors, the new X-Trail will don a variety of changes, making it a completely redesigned model. One of the most prominent changes is its 7-seater capacity. With the increased seating, you’d think that it would be uncomfortable to cram in seven adult passengers. Well, you’re wrong.
The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is actually very comfortable, with a decent amount of leg room. This is why many car enthusiasts see it as an excellent family car.
The Exterior of the 2016 Nissan X-Trail
One of the design aspects that resulted from the collaborative efforts of Renault and Nissan is the CMF or Common Module Family platform incorporated into the design of the new X-Trail. This particular platform enables the use of very lightweight materials like aluminum, thus resulting in an ultra lightweight vehicle with reduced fuel consumption. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that weight has a significant effect on fuel efficiency. The lighter the car, the less effort the engine exerts to move it. And lesser engine exertion usually translates to fuel economy.
Additionally, the designers at Nissan and Renault have given the SUV a more muscular and sleeker appearance compared to its predecessor. It features higher mudguards and taillight designs that resemble a boomerang. The headlights are equipped with LED daytime running lights, while the roof rack features two additional headlight reflectors for night driving.
The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is available in three models; S, SV, and SL. The SL model comes with the standard 2-row seats, while the S and SV trims comes with the optional third row seats. And depending on the trim, the 2016 X-Trail will feature either 17″ or 18″ alloy wheels. The ground clearance is around 210 mm, while its angle of departure is about 24°.
The new Nissan X-Trail offers both 2-row and 3-row seating, with the latter option comfortably seating seven adult passengers. This option, however, is only for the S and SV models. The SL trim will only have the standard 2-row seats. So for a family of five, the X-Trail S or SV will certainly make for a very spacious, comfortable, and stylish vehicle.
The 2016 X-Trail’s cockpit features a new navigation system and LCD touch screen. The standard models will also include a Bose audio system, power steering, electric mirrors, a new and improved Nissan Connect system, manually operated air conditioning, and a keyless entry system with central locking features.
The optional features available include a rear-view camera, glass roof, stylish leather interior, automatic air conditioner, power front seats, navigation system, and a top-of-the-line entertainment system and touch screen console. For safety, all models will include front and side air bags, electronic brake distribution with ABS braking, brake assist, and a blind spot detection system, among others.
Performance under the Hood
The 2015 X-Trail was one of the best 2015 vehicles for rough road driving and long distance trips. The 2016 X-Trail is just as comfortable and exciting to drive in the same conditions. Unlike its predecessor, however, the 2016 X-Trail is a practical choice for a family car.
Although the 2016 model has the 2015 model’s 2.5 liter inline-4 supercharged engine, it will be paired with a 6-speed Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox. Manual transmission is not available for this model though. Estimated power output is around 170 horse power, with about 175 foot-pounds of torque. It’s not the most powerful engine, but it does the job quite efficiently. And the fuel economy is excellent at about 19 km/L at highway speeds.
The 2016 model will have a front-wheel or all-wheel drive.