Nissan X-Trail pops up in urban jungle



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Nissan’s facelifted seven-seat SUV makes surprise appearance in Singapore

Singapore – On September 8, 2017, the launch of the new Nissan Qashqai SUV at the Nissan showroom on Leng Kee Road had a surprise, additional guest in the form of the Qashqai’s bigger brother, the X-Trail sport utility vehicle (SUV), priced at $133,300 with COE.  

Like the Qashqai, the X-Trail gets a raft of improvements set on existing hardware – that is, the platform and drivetrain remain very similar to before, while the exterior, interior and equipment see considerable changes.

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The X-Trail dimensions remain the same, so it offers plenty of room in the first two rows, with the additional third row best for children or small people. The boot capacity is a huge 565-litres, expandable to 1,996-litres.

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The X-Trail is sold here with one trim/engine variant, the 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine packing 144hp and 200Nm of torque. It’s the same engine as the previous X-Trail model, mated to a CVT and with all-wheel drive, and should be good for a 0-100km/h time of 12.1 seconds and top speed of 180km/h. Official quoted figures for efficiency are 7.9L/100km and 180g/km CO2.

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Again, the X-Trail and Qashqai evolve on similar lines, with Nissan’s revised front fascia, new adaptive LED headlamps and light signatures, re-designed taillamps and a bolder design on the lower front end.

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The interior sees factory leather upholstery, the Advanced Drive Assist Display (it’s an active screen between the instrument binnacles), a new D-shaped steering wheel. Standard equipment includes keyless entry and start, powered front seats, a panoramic sunroof and a new (foot) motion-activated powered tailgate.

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Also standard are electronic dynamic improvement systems, Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Ride Control and Intelligent Engine Brake. Like the Qashqai, new additions to the safety roster include a 360-degree surround view camera with motion detection, autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning, all of which bolster the X-Trail’s safety credentials.

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