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Nissan X-Trail

T32 X-Trail

Nissan logo1 Jun 2014

By DANIEL GARDNER

NISSAN released the third-generation X-Trail in March 2014.

As before, the range is available in three specification levels – ST, ST-L and Ti – and, depending on spec, in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Built off the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s all-new ‘Common Module Platform’ that is shared with the J11 Qashqai, the monocoque-bodied X-Trail is 5mm longer at 4640mm, 30mm wider at 1820mm, 10mm taller at 1710mm, 75mm grander in wheelbase (2705mm) and 34kg on average heavier than before.

The longer wheelbase allows Nissan to offer seven seats for the first time on the FWD ST and ST-L only, as well as more second-row knee room (on seats that recline and slide) and rear doors that open up at a wide 80-degree arc for easier loading of a child seat. ISOFIX hooks are also fitted. Other features include a ‘Divide-N-Hide’ multi-level compartmentalised cargo area on five-seat models and an electrically remote-operated tailgate.

Beneath the T32’s far stouter bonnet – but only in the base ST with a six-speed manual gearbox – is a new 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine producing 106kW of power at 6000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 4400rpm.

The rest of the petrol range use the carryover 2.5-litre unit delivering 126kW at 6000rpm and 226Nm at 4400rpm.

Along with a fuel-consumption minimising ‘Eco’ mode the latter introduces Nissan’s new-generation ‘Xtronic’ CVT Continuously Variable Transmission automatic.

From late 2014 a new-gen 1.6-litre turbo-diesel usurps the old 2.0-litre unit in the preceding T31 X-Trail.

An electric power rack and pinion steering system is also used, while MacPherson struts and a multi-link rear end return.

Every model receives six airbags, electronic stability control, alloy wheels, scratch-resistant body coating, a central screen with rear-view camera, keyless start, Bluetooth phone and audio, cruise control, sliding/reclining and 40/20/40 split-fold theatre-style middle-row seating, hidden floor storage and a space-saver spare wheel.

All Australian-bound models are sourced out of Nissan’s Fukuoka plant in Japan.

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