Nissan X-Trail

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Nissan X-Trail
2018 Nissan X-Trail (T32) ST wagon (2018-10-01) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2000–present
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (2009–present)
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front-engine; front-wheel, or four-wheel drive.
Predecessor Nissan Rasheen
Successor Nissan Rogue (Canada)

The Nissan X-Trail is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 2000. In third generation, it is a 3-row (which means 7-seater) SUV. It was one of Nissan's first crossovers and was released about the same time as several other companies' competing car based crossovers, including the Ford Escape and its Mazda Tribute sibling, the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, as well as the compact body on frame Suzuki Grand Vitara.

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 Kanda, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan (2000–present); 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 four 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 four 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 turbocharged 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 (T30; 2000–2007)[edit]

First generation (T30)
Nissan X-Trail T30 003.JPG
Also called Nissan X-Trail Classic
  • October 2000–2007 (Japan)
    2001–2008 (Thailand & Indonesia)
    2002–present (Latin America)
    2002–2009 (Taiwan)
Body and chassis
Platform Nissan FF-S platform
  • Petrol
  • 2.0L QR20DE 140 hp (104 kW) I4
  • 2.5L QR25DE178 hp (133 kW) I4
  • 2.0L SR20VET 280 hp (206 kW) I4
  • Diesel
  • 2.2L YD22DDTi Di 112BHP Di 126BHP DCi 136 bhp I4
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 model years of 2005 and 2006 (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 the middle of 2003, and received facelifts in the start of 2005 and May 2007.

In the United Kingdom, the first generation car was available in S, Sport and SE+ between launch and 2004. There was also a FatFace modal in 2005 for the United Kingdom, which was based on the model Sports. They made 1998 of them to celebrate the year FatFace was set up. The trim levels were then revised to SE, Sport, SVE and T-Spec.

In Australia, it was available in standard ST, mid spec ST-S, high spec Ti and luxury spec Ti-L, with limited editions ST-X, ST-R, ST-S 40th anniversary models. At this point, all models in the United Kingdom were equipped with full electric windows, electricity adjustable door mirrors (on SVE and T-Spec they were electrically folding also), climate control, single CD player, four airbags and remote central locking.

While in Australia all models were equipped with full electric windows, electric mirrors (electric folding on Ti-L), single CD player, two airbags and remote central locking. ST-S adds ST on sunroof and 16" alloy wheels. Ti adds ST on climate control, six disk CD player, fog lamps and 16" alloy wheels, and Ti-L adds Ti on leather and electric seats, sunroof, and optional DVD player. Limited edition ST-R adds ST on light emitting roof racks, with ST-S 40th Anniversary adding fog lamps to original ST-S.

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]


From mid 2002 to 2009, Nissan launched a special edition X-Trail equipped with the SR20VET petrol turbocharged engine, which produces 280 hp (209 kW). This model, named the X-Trail GT, was offered only in Japan.[2]


In 2003, Taiwanese Nissan distributor Yulon launched the Nissan X-Trail with a major design difference in the front end compared to the international version to fit the taste of the Taiwanese market. The design was done by Yulon Asia Technical Center under Yulon-Nissan Motors. The model was sold until 2006, when it received a minor facelift with new front bumper, grilles, headlamps, and LED tail lamps.

Due to the late facelift, Yulon-Nissan skipped the second generation X-Trail and continued the production of the facelifted Taiwanese Nissan X-Trail until 2008 and was replaced by the American imported first generation Nissan Rogue. The X-Trail nameplate did not return until 2015 when the Third generation Nissan X-Trail or second generation Nissan rogue returned and continued to be domestically produced in Taiwan.


In 2006, Nissan Canada 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 advert that takes shots at Ontario marketing companies and Premier Dalton McGuinty's "nondescript" personality.[5]


Pre facelift styling

Post facelift styling

Second generation (T31; 2007–2013)[edit]

Second generation (T31)
Also called Dongfeng Fengdu MX6 (China)
  • 2007–2013 (Japan)
  • 2007–2014 (Thailand, Indonesia, Russia)
  • 2007–present (Latin America)
  • 2015–present (China)
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 had its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007, and went on sale in Japan in August 2007, Europe in the third quarter of that year, and Australia and Mexico towards the end of the year. Slightly larger than the previous model, it is based on the Nissan C platform.

The second generation X-Trail was not sold in the United States and Canada, where it was instead replaced by the Rogue.

The X-Trail GT SR20VET petrol turbocharged engine was not offered in the second generation X-Trail, due to the 2005 Japan vehicle emissions control. In September 2008, the 20GT became available in Japan, equipped with the M9R, a 2.0 litre turbocharged common rail diesel engine developed jointly with Renault.

This was the first diesel X-Trail offered in the JDM.

The first facelift second generation X-Trail was released in Japan in July 2010. A limited edition Nissan X-Trail Platinum was released in for the United Kingdom in January 2012. This model was equipped with special features not seen on any other X-Trail.[6] Only 200 were produced for the United Kingdom.[7]

The second generation was replaced in October 2013, when the third generation X-Trail was unveiled in Japan. Only petrol engine variants were initially offered for Japan, diesel engined second generation continued to be available for the JDM.


Pre facelift styling

Post facelift styling

Dongfeng Fengdu MX6[edit]

Dongfeng Fengdu MX6

In March 2015, models went on sale in China from Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) as the Dongfeng Fengdu MX6 as a 4WD and 2WD model. The 2.0 litre MR20DE engine is standard along with a six speed manual or CVT gearbox. Trim levels are: Standard, Excellence and Premium.

The Dongfeng Fengdu MX6 CUV was launched on the car market in China in March 2015, with prices starting from 122,800 to 169,800 yuan ($19,760 – 27,330). The Dongfeng Fengdu MX6 is a rebadged version of the Nissan X-Trail T31, featuring restyled front and rear bumpers produced by Zhengzhou-Nissan, and branded under the Dongfeng-Fengdu sub-brand of Dongfeng Motor Corporation. [8]

Third generation (T32; 2013–present)[edit]

Third generation (T32)
Nissan X-Trail 20X Emergency Brake Package.jpg
Also called Nissan Rogue
Production 2013–present (Japan)
2014–present (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, South Korea)
2015–present (Taiwan)
Assembly Japan: Kanda, Fukuoka (Nissan Shatai)
China: Dalian/Zhengzhou (DMCL)
Indonesia: Purwakarta (NMI)
Malaysia: Serendah (TCMA)
Russia: Saint Petersburg
Taiwan: Miaoli (Yulon)
Thailand: Samut Prakan (NMT)
Smyrna, Tennessee, United States (Nissan USA)[9]
Busan, South Korea (RSM)[10]
Designer Keisuke Otsuki
Body and chassis
Platform Nissan CMF platform (CMF-CD)
  • Petrol
  • 1.6L MR16DDT 163 hp (120 kW) I4 (Europe only)
  • 2.0L MR20DD 143 hp (106 kW) I4 (144 hp for X-Trail Hybrid)
  • 2.5L QR25DE 170 hp (126 kW) I4
  • Diesel
  • 2.0L 177 bhp (130kW)


  • 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)
Predecessor Nissan Qashqai +2 (7 passenger models only)
Pre facelift Nissan X-Trail Ti (Australia)

Based on the jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, the third generation model incorporates styling cues from the Qashqai, Murano, and Patrol.[11] Japanese production of the third generation X-Trail originates from the Nissan Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd. factory. Production also began in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and was inspired by the Hi-Cross Concept.,[12][13] followed by the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013,[14][15] and the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.[16]

Japanese sales commenced on December 11, 2013. 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.[17][18][19][20]

Autech Japan produced the X-TRAIL X-TREMER Package Stretched (2014): a concept vehicle based on Nissan X-Trail 20X X-TREMER X, with accessory parts and dedicated paint along with bold exterior features such as over fenders. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.[21][22]

Chinese models went on sale from Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) in the end of March 2014.[23][24]

Australian models went on sale in March 2014 with both petrol and diesel variants: ST 2.0 2WD 6sp. Man., ST, ST-L and Ti 2.5 CVT and TS 1.6 dCi 2WD CVT, TS 1.6 dCi 4WD CVT, TL 1.6 dCi 2WD CVT and TL 1.6 dCi 4WD 6sp. Man. On ST and ST-L 2.5, a third row seats is available.

European models went on sale in July 2014, with the only engine available being a Renault sourced 1.6 dCi R9M diesel engine with CVT or 6sp. Man. On September 12, 2014, prior to the Indonesia International Motor Show 2014, Nissan Motor Indonesia unveiled the 2014 MY 3rd generation Nissan X-Trail. It is only available with three rows of seats in five variants: 2.0 MT, 2.0 CVT with the MR20DD engine, 2.5 CVT using the QR25DE engine, X-Trail XTREMER based on X-Trail 2.5 CVT and X-Trail Hybrid.

It is manufactured in Purwakarta, Indonesia primarily for domestic demand but was also launched in Thailand in November 2014 By manufactured in SamutPrakan, Thailand for Thai domestic demand. In December 2014, Autech Japan produced the limited edition X-TRAIL 20X BLACK X-TREMER X for the JDM.

In April 2015, Nissan announced that an X-Trail hybrid with claimed fuel economy of 4.9 l/100 km was going to be coming[clarification needed] to Japan.[25]

2017 Facelift[edit]

Facelift (2017)
Facelift (2017)

For 2017, the Nissan X-Trail has been facelifted, with restyled headlights and taillights which includes, restyled twin LED projector headlamps with High intensity discharge and LED Daytime Running Lights, which is now offered on SL trim levels with the Premium Package, while S, SV trim levels, and the SL trim levels without the Premium Package offers Halogen Headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights are available on all trim levels. The 2.5L engine with 170 hp carries over from the previous model.

The new X-Trail went on sale in October 2016, and also has exterior and interior colours. A hybrid version of the vehicle premiered in January 2017 (Limited Availability) for the 2017MY.

The hybrid features regenerative braking, pure drive hybrid emblems, energy monitor, hybrid battery status, under floor storage area replacing Divide-N-Hide@ Cargo System, a 2.0 litre four cylinder gasoline engine (power: 141 hp and torque: 141 lb-ft) and Xtronic CVT combined with an electric motor (power: 40 hp) and Lithium-Ion battery, for a combined power of 176 hp.

The Lithium-Ion battery is located below the thick flooring of the under floor cargo storage area. The X-Trail Hybrid is available in two trim levels, SV and SL, but the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid will not be available with Third Row Seating (Family Package) and Divide-N-Hide@ Cargo System, due to the Lithium-Ion battery.[26]



On October 27, 2016, Nissan Motor Corporation announced the production of the next X-Trail at NMUK.[27]


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