Text and photos by Iñigo S. Roces
Nissan’s C-segment crossover SUV has been made future proof at its recent launch in Pasay City. First introduced four years ago, the new Nissan X-Trail mounts anew charge with a raft of changes. These include its refreshed exterior design and the introduction of Intelligent Mobility systems.
The most noticeable change is in its front façade. The new Nissan X-Trail now bears the signature V-Motion 2.0 grill, inline with other Nissan models being released worldwide. The new grill is then complemented by dual projector LED headlamps (4×4 model), a reshaped front bumper and re-styled foglamps.
Behind, the rear section also received tweaks. The tail lights are now using LEDs for the whole cluster while the lower half of the bumper has been reshaped. Top-spec X-Trails ride on newly designed laser-cut 19-inch alloy wheels and now come with a sunroof as standard.
Inside, the X-Trails boasts of new door and instrument panel finishers. Small details like the shift knob, center console, and console lid also receive new touches. The steering wheel has an all-new three-spoke design with a flat bottom. The wheel mounted controls have also been redesigned from toggle switches to buttons. Also present are more soft-touch materials, particularly in the dashboard area. For added convenience, there is a motion activated tailgate that opens the door after the driver performs a kicking motion under the bumper.
The X-Trail is still powered by a choice of 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines. Power output for the 2.0-liter is rated at 144-PS and 200-Nm of torque, while the 2.5-liter produces 171-PS and 233-Nm of torque. Two wheel drive models use the 2.0-liter while all-wheel drive variants get the 2.5-liter. The lone transmission option is the Xtronic continuously variable transmission.
New to this model is Nissan Intelligent Mobility. This is a package that includes various driver assists and safety features. For starters, the 2018 X-Trail now has an Around View Monitor that provides a 360-degree top-down perspective of the vehicle for easier navigation around tight spaces. It also includes a Moving Object Detection system that sends a visual and audible alert when there’s movement around the vehicle while parking. Further aiding the driver is a Blind Spot Warning system which detects objects in hiding within the vehicle’s pillars.
The X-Trail also comes fitted with accident mitigation technology. The first of which is Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking which send a visual and auditory warning. If there is no reaction from the driver, the system applies the brakes to bring the car to a halt. Also part of the Intelligent Mobility package is Rear Cross Traffic Alert, alerting the driver to unseen vehicles while reversing from a driveway. For all-wheel drive models, Nissan has upgraded the 4×4-I System which sends power to the wheels with the most traction to pull it out of challenging conditions.
“The Nissan X-Trail offers enough room for families and groups who love to go on road trips,” said Nissan Philippines President and Managing Director, Ramesh Narasimhan. “With Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our customers can enjoy each adventure as they drive safe and sound. We want them to treat the new X-Trail as a partner that looks out for them so they can have a fun and hassle-free time on the road.”
The new Nissan X-Trail will continue to be assembled in Japan as with its predecessor. It will be priced at P1,399,000 for the X-Trail 2.0 4×2, and P1,728,000 for the X-Trail 2.5 4×4.
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