Nissan X-Trail

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Nissan X-Trail
2014 Nissan X-Trail (T32) ST 2WD wagon (2015-08-07) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2000–present
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 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 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 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 (2000–2007)[edit]

First generation
2006 Nissan X-Trail (T30 II) Ti-L wagon (2015-06-18) 01.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. 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 UK 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, 4 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, 2 airbags and remote central locking. ST-S adds ST on sunroof and 16" alloy wheels. Ti adds ST on climate control, 6 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]


In mid-2002 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 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 ad that takes shots at Ontario marketing companies and Premier Dalton McGuinty's "nondescript" personality.[5]

Second generation (2007–2013)[edit]

Second generation
2013 Nissan X-Trail (T31) ST wagon (2014-12-23) 01.jpg
  • 2007–2013 (Japan)
  • 2007–2013 (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 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 Japanese domestic market.

In November 2008, models went on sale in China from Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV)

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 UK market 2012. This model was equipped with special features not seen on any other X-Trail.[6] Only 200 will be produced for the UK market.[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 engine second generation continued to be available for the Japanese domestic market.

Third generation (2013–present)[edit]

Third generation
2014 Nissan X-Trail (T32) ST-L wagon (2015-05-29).jpg
Also called Nissan Rogue
Production 2013–present (Japan)
2014–present (Indonesia, Thailand)
Assembly Japan: Kanda, Fukuoka (Nissan Shatai)
China: Guangzhou (DMCL)
Indonesia: Purwakarta
Malaysia: Serendah (TCMA)
Russia: Saint Petersburg
Taiwan: Miaoli (Yulon)
Thailand: Samut Prakan (NMT)
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] Japanese production of the 3rd gen 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.,[9][10] followed by the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013,[11][12] and the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.[13]

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.[14][15][16][17]

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.[18][19]

Chinese models went on sale from Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) in late March 2014.[20][21]

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 3rd 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 3 rows of seats in three variants: 2.0 MT, 2.0 CVT with the MR20DD engine, and 2.5 CVT using the QR25DE engine. 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 Japanese domestic market.

In 2015, Nissan announced that a 48 MPG X-Trail Hybrid was going to be coming to Japan.[22]


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  14. ^ NISSAN MOTOR Co., Ltd. (11 December 2013). "NISSAN - All-New Nissan X-Trail on Sale in Japan in December". 
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  19. ^ NISSAN MOTOR Co., Ltd. (24 December 2013). "NISSAN - Nissan to Showcase 10 Exciting Models at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014". 
  20. ^ 日産自動車株式会社 (25 February 2014). "日産|中国で新型「エクストレイル」を発表". 
  22. ^ Danny King (8 April 2015). "48-MPG Nissan X-Trail Hybrid comes to Japan". Autoblog. 

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