Nissan X-Trail

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Nissan X-Trail
Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi ALL-MODE 4x4i Tekna (T32) – Frontansicht, 24. August 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2000–present
  • Kyushu, Japan (2013–present)
    Kanda, Japan (2000–2013)
    (main production plants)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Transverse front-engine; front-wheel, or four-wheel drive.
Predecessor Nissan Rasheen
Successor Nissan Rogue (Canada)

The Nissan X-Trail is a compact or mid-size crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 2000. Due to its length gain in its third generation, it is now considered a mid-size crossover SUV. It was one of Nissan's first crossover SUVs and was released about the same time as several other companies competing car-based compact SUVs including the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Ford Escape and its Mazda Tribute sibling, the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. The X-Trail is positioned below the truck-based Xterra and Pathfinder and was never offered by dealerships in the United States. The first generation was available in Canada until it was replaced by the Rogue. However, both the Rogue and the X-Trail are sold in Mexico. The Rogue shares the same platform as the second-generation X-Trail and is very similar to the Qashqai.

The X-Trail's All-Mode 4x4 transmission transfer case enables the driver to select between 2WD, 4WD or 4WD Lock through an electronic switch on the dashboard. The company currently offers a hydrogen fuel cell model named the X-Trail FCV on lease to businesses.

The main production plants of the X-Trail are in Kyushu, Japan (2013–present) and Kanda, Japan (2000–2013); though parts and engines that are produced in Japan are also assembled by other Nissan plants in numerous countries.


Available only in the Japanese market is the SR20VET that produces 206 kW (280 ps) and is used in the X-Trail GT. The Australian model is powered by a QR25DE 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine initially producing 132 kW (177 hp). From January 2006, the Australian-spec engine was detuned to 123 kW (169 hp). Also available is the QR20DE 4-cylinder engine, producing 103 kW (140 hp) or 110 kW (150 hp) with manual or automatic transmission. The biggest selling engine in the United Kingdom is the YD22DDTi, a 2.2 litre turbo-charged common-rail diesel. The X-Trail has had three model revisions, the Series 1 and Series 2 (using Nissan FF-S platform) and the Series 3 (using Nissan/Renault C platform). There were various cosmetic and engineering changes made between series 1 and 2 but the series 3 is all new despite a similar appearance with new engines apart from the 2.5L which has been retained.

First generation (2000–2007)[edit]

First generation
2003-2007 NISSAN X-TRAIL X 4WD.jpg
Also called Nissan X-Trail Classic
Body and chassis
Platform Nissan FF-S platform
Wheelbase 2,624 mm (103.3 in)
  • 4WD: 4,455 mm (175.4 in)
  • 2WD: 4,511 mm (177.6 in)
  • Original: 1,765 mm (69.5 in)
  • Facelift: 1,758 mm (69.2 in)
  • Base: 1,674 mm (65.9 in)
  • SLX & 4WD: 1,750 mm (68.9 in)

Unveiled at the September 2000 Paris Motor Show, Nissan commenced sales of the T30 series X-Trail for Japan in November 2000, having entered production in October. This first-generation X-Trail uses the Nissan FF-S platform, shared with the Nissan Almera and the Nissan Primera. The X-Trail was sold in Canada for the 2005 and 2006 model years (but Nissan Canada continued to market the X-Trail until 2007), and in Mexico since 2003. The X-Trail has been sold in the Philippines since mid-2003, and received facelifts in early 2005 and May 2007. In the United Kingdom the first-generation car was available in S, Sport and SE+ between launch and 2004. The trim levels were then revised to SE, Sport, SVE and T-Spec. At this point all models were equipped with full electric windows, electricity adjustable door mirrors (on SVE & T-Spec they were electrically folding also), climate control, single CD player, 4 airbags and remote central locking. The trim levels were once again revised in 2006. Nissan is still selling the Nissan X-Trail T30 model in some countries, where it is called the Nissan X-Trail Classic. In 2007 the Yulon manufactured model version got a facelift. In Taiwan at least, the Nissan X-Trail T30 model has slightly larger and different shaped front headlights and different front grille.[1]

Nissan X-Trail GT[edit]

In mid-2002 Nissan launched a special edition X-Trail equipped with the SR20VET engine which produces 280 hp (209 kW). This model, named the X-Trail GT, was offered only in Japan.[2]

Media coverage[edit]

In 2006, Nissan launched a Nissan X-Trail Bonavista Edition commercial featuring a Nissan dealer speaking in an incomprehensible Newfoundland accent.[3] The commercial itself backfired when Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald claimed it had portrayed people in Bonavista as people who cannot speak properly. To further expose the commercial's lack of linguistic authenticity, CBC News reported the sales rep was played by an actor from Cape Breton.[4]

That commercial was parodied by a local car dealer in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in a radio ad that takes shots at Ontario marketing companies and Premier Dalton McGuinty's "nondescript" personality.[5]

Second generation (2007–2013)[edit]

Second generation
  • 2007–2013 (Japan)
  • 2009–2013 (Thailand, Indonesia)
Body and chassis
Platform Nissan C platform
Wheelbase 2,629 mm (103.5 in)
Length 2007–2010: 4,630 mm (182.3 in)
2011: 4,640 mm (182.7 in)
Width 2008–2010: 1,796 mm (70.7 in)
2011–: 1,806 mm (71.1 in)
  • 2008–2010 2WD: 1,689 mm (66.5 in)
  • 4WD: 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
  • 2011– 2WD: 1,699 mm (66.9 in)
  • 2011– 4WD: 1,780 mm (70.1 in)

The 2008 Nissan X-Trail gave its public debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show in March, and went on sale in Europe in the third quarter of that year.

Slightly larger than the previous model, it is based on the Nissan C platform. This X-Trail appeared in Europe in the first part of the 2007 and towards the end of the year in Australia and Mexico, but not in the United States and Canada where it was replaced by the Rogue. A facelifted model appeared in August 2010.

A limited edition Nissan X-Trail Platinum was released in 2012. This model is equipped with special features not seen on any other X-Trail.[6] Only 200 will be produced for the UK market.[7]

Third generation (2013–present)[edit]

Third generation
Silver Nissan X-TRAIL 20X (T32) front.JPG
Also called Nissan Rogue
Production 2013–present
Assembly Kyushu, Japan
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Purwakarta, Indonesia
Body and chassis
Platform Renault–Nissan Common Module Family CMF-CD
  • Petrol
  • 2.0L MR20DD 143 hp (106 kW) I4
  • 2.5L QR25DE170 hp (126 kW) I4
  • Diesel
  • 1.6L Y9M 130 bhp (96 kW) I4
Wheelbase 2,705 mm (106.5 in)
Length 4,641 mm (182.7 in)
Width 1,820 mm (71.65 in)
Height 1,709 mm (67.3 in)

Based on the jointly-developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, the third generation model incorporates styling cues from the Juke, Murano, and Patrol.[8] Japan model of X-Trail was built in Nissan Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd. Production also began in Saint. Petersburg, Russia.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.,[9][10] followed by 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013,[11][12] 2014 Geneva Motor Show.[13]

Japan model went on sale in 2013-12-11. Early models include MR20DD engine with Idling Stop (20S, 20X, 20X Emergency Brake package, 20X X-TREMER X, 20X Emergency Brake Package X-TREMER X), XTRONIC CVT, ALL MODE 4X4-i system for 4WD models, 2 or 3(except 20S) rows of seats.[14][15][16][17]

European models have one engine only – a diesel 1.6

China models went on sale from Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) in late March 2014.[18][19]

X-TRAIL X-TREMER Package Stretched (2014): It is a concept vehicle based on Nissan X-Trail 20X X-TREMER X, with accessory parts with dedicated paint applied and bold exterior features such as over fenders.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.[20][21]

On September 12 2014, prior to the Indonesia International Motor Show 2014, Nissan Motor Indonesia unveiled the 2014 MY All-New Nissan X-Trail. It is only available with 3 rows of seats in three variants: 2.0 MT, 2.0 CVT, and 2.5 CVT. The MR20DD engine is used for the 2.0 litre variants, while the QR25DE engine is used for the 2.5 one. It is manufactured in Purwakarta, Indonesia primarily for domestic demand but was also launched in Thailand in November 2014.


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  2. ^ Nissan Forums: X-Trail GT Turbo
  3. ^ "Broadcast Yourself". YouTube. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "N.L. car dealer spoofs Nissan's 'Bonavista' ad – CTV News". 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Limited-edition Nissan X-Trail Platinum announced". Expert Reviews. Dennis Publishing Limited. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  7. ^ "LX-Trail Platinum Limited Edition". Nissan UK. Nissan UK. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  8. ^ "3rd-gen Nissan X-Trail doesn't look like the model it's replacing". Top Gear Philippines. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  9. ^ 日産自動車、新型「エクストレイル」をフランクフルトモーターショーで世界初公開
  10. ^ ALL-NEW NISSAN X-TRAIL REVEALED – Mixing the strongest elements of its 4x4 heritage with world beating crossover know-how, Nissan has re-invented the compact SUV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
  11. ^ 日産自動車、第43回東京モーターショー2013の出展概要を発表
  13. ^ Nissan at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
  14. ^ All-New Nissan X-Trail on Sale in Japan in December
  15. ^ 新型「エクストレイル」を発売 -あわせて、エクストリーマーXを発売-
  16. ^ Nissan Releases All-New X-Trail in December
  17. ^ 新型「エクストレイル」を12月に発売 -あわせて、エクストリーマーXを発売-
  18. ^ 中国で新型「エクストレイル」を発表 – 中国で拡大しつつあるSUVセグメントをリードするグローバルモデル
  19. ^ NISSAN LAUNCHES ALL-NEW X-TRAIL IN CHINA – Global model to lead the country's growing SUV segment
  20. ^ 「東京オートサロン 2014」の出展概要を発表
  21. ^ Nissan to Showcase 10 Exciting Models at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014

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