Expected to go for sale in the summer of 2017, this new 2018 Nissan X-Trail features new technologies and an upgraded cabin – qualities that make it an ideal family vehicle. It has had quite a successful streak in its class so much that it ranks as the best-selling SUV for the Japanese automaker.
Badged as Rogue in the USA, the X-Trail is a perennial best-selling vehicle that has managed to sell close to four million units since it was launched back at the turn of the century. In Europe alone, the X-Trail has sold approximately 115,000 units just for the new-generation units launched back in 2004. And the numbers don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon as demand continues on an upward trend.
It sits above the Qashqai and Juke and is available in both five and seven-seating configuration. So, what changes does the new X-Trail offer for 2018? Well, the exterior sees some redesigns. To begin with, the headlights have been redesigned and feature ‘boomerang’ like daytime running lights, the bumper is now gloss black finished, the V-motion grille is now bigger, and LED lighting and chrome accenting make the rear appear more robust.
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Furthermore, buyers have 17- and 18-inch wheel options to choose from.
More than ever before, the X-Trail interior provides additional comfort and space. There’re also plenty of utility evidenced by the plenty of storage areas. And just like the exterior, the cabin is offered with plenty of new technologies, entertainment, convenience, and telematics functions. For example, new features to expect include an eight-speaker Bose audio system, gloss black finishing, a D-shaped steering wheel, and heated seats both front and rear.
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2018 Nissan X-Trail Review
- interior redesign chANGES
- ENGINE SPECS & PERFORMANCE
- PRICE & RELEASE DATE
The Nissan X-Trail 2018 returns with the same muscular, chiseled and sculpted lines, elegant curves, and high wheel arches its predecessors wore. Needless to say, these are elements rooted deep within its design language DNA. Again, the front end, as before, continues to feature a more robust and distinctive styling thanks to understated premium styling cues and dynamism.
As previously told, the new crossover SUV features the latest ‘V-motion grille’. It has been redesigned for 2018 and is now more impactful. The facelift makes it now easier to infuse seamlessly with the visible black plastic and X-Trail’s body color. Contemporary LED headlights and ‘boomerang’ daytime running lights are also featured on the sides.
A keen eye will also notice the revised parking sensors. The difference is subtle but nonetheless noticeable. Previously, their position didn’t sit well with the surface as they were integrated into the bumper. Now, it’s quite apparent that the Japanese automaker is keen to details and high-quality finish.
Elsewhere, the rear’s design is now more contemporary thanks to a new chrome detailing and redesigned bumper. Additionally, the parking sensors have been improved whereas the rear lamp signature has been upgraded. Sideways, the chrome side molding will perhaps catch the attention the most.
Dimension wise, the new X-trail now measures 4,690mm in length, 1,710mm in height, 1,830 in width, and 2,705mm for the wheelbase. Save for the length, the dimensions seem to carry over unchanged. Nissan says the aerodynamic coefficient for the 2018 X-Trail still remains at 0.32.
New exterior color options include Dark Brown Pearl, Blue Pearl Metallic, Orange Pearl, and Red Pearl.
2018 Nissan X-Trail Interior Redesign & Changes
A raft of changes and upgrades are visible once the doors open to a curiosity. The first thing that will probably be noticed the most is the striking new steering wheel. It is standard across the entire X-Trail lineup and echoes the latest design language showcased by newest models.
Ingress and egress is as easy as can be thanks to the now D-shaped horizontal base.
Next, occupants will now enjoy riding inside the new X-Trail thanks to additional space. Nissan says the new model’s width has been widened to 37.5mm. For even more comfort, the Premium style comes with a smorgasbord of creature comforts and unique detailing that makes driving as premium as possible with the only downside being costing you extra money.
The Tekna grade also comes standard with leather upholstery. Moreover, it also features enhanced quilting regardless of whether buyers opt for the five- or seven seat model versions. Other features here include automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and adjustable seat configurations with heating and cooling.
For entertainment, Nissan offers the new 2018 X-Trail with a new Bose premium audio system. The system features two 25mm tweeters at the base of the windscreen, a 130mm mid-range speaker in each rear door, and a 165mm woofer in each front door. Furthermore, there’re an additional two 115mm woofers in the spare wheel space.
Infotainment wise, the automaker says there’re two 2018 Nissan X-Trail systems – Nissan Connect and DAB digital radio. These two can be controlled via smartphone app connectivity or on the center stack.
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Four grade models are available for 2018 – X-Trail N-Connnecta, X-Trail Tekna, X-Trail Acenta, and X-Trail Visia.
Standard features across the grades include Bluetooth connectivity, manual air conditioning, alloy wheels, heated door mirrors/electronic folding, and cruise control. Other available features dependent on the grade chosen include a dual-zone automatic climate control, a privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, and leather upholstery.
Other additional options include a fixed towbar, roof bars, a dog guard, side styling bars, and exterior styling plates.
Engine Specs & Performance
Beneath the hood of the X-Trail 2018 compact crossover is a choice of three engines – a 1.6L diesel, a 2.0L diesel, and a 1.6L petrol one. According to Nissan, the 1.6L diesel engine should be able to crank out 128 horsepower; the 2.0L version, 175 horsepower; and the 1.6L, 161 hp. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while an automatic and an al-wheel-drive are available as options.
Nissan says the new model also supplements the new-look design with a host of intelligent features, including ProPILOT autonomous drive technology that is set to arrive next year. Other drive-assisting technologies include rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and emergency braking.
2018 Nissan X-Trail Release Date & Price
The X-Trail is expected to go for sale sometime in the summer of 2017. Pricing should start from $27,990. On feature and pricing alone, it’ll inevitably find itself at loggerheads with the CRV from Honda.