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Nissan X-Trail analysis: new look, same essence


The Japanese 4x4 revitalized its image, but without altering its classic style or its great off-road behavior.

Hernan Oliveri

07/29/2021 6:02 AM

  • Clarí

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Updated 7/29/2021 6:02 AM


Nissan X-Trail

is a model that despite its evolutions never altered its essence.

That it is the product of a Japanese brand already says a lot;

the changes may not be as visible as they are with other makes, but they

are felt


The evolution of the third generation of this classic Japanese 4x4, is.

You can see it, but it is

more evident when you handle it


Before going into detail it is worth putting it in context.

In these latitudes, a backward version is still marketed compared to the one sold, for example, in Japan and Europe.

There, since the middle of last year, the fourth generation of the X-Trail has been offered, which at first glance presents

really profound changes

in aesthetics.

It has the classic All Mode 4x4i system that, depending on the use, can transmit power to the front axle, automatically distribute it forward and backward or maintain a 50/50 even distribution.

In our country, this third generation was presented in 2018 (2015 in the world).

In this way, the brand was once again present in the mid-size 4x4 segment after several years of absence.

Of course, a few months after its arrival it had a first equipment update, highlighting the incorporation of the blind angle alert, the 360-degree vision camera and the detection system of nearby objects in motion, three pillars of its

technology package. NIM

(in Spanish, Nissan Intelligent Mobility).

New changes

This update presented in our market at the beginning of 2021 preserved its package of driving assistance devices, although without adding others present in its competitors such as adaptive cruise control or automatic emergency brake, among others.

Renovated front: new grill, headlights and fog lights.

Not to be confused, it has

good security equipment

, but it was somewhat relegated.

Instead, it did

gain in comfort


Seen from the outside, the "new" Nissan X-Trail differs from its predecessor mainly in the nose, where it incorporated a more imposing grille (the brand calls it V-Motion), a new group of headlights with shaped LED daytime running lights. of boomerang, and renewed fog lights elongated (the previous ones were round).

Another of the new exterior features is the shark fin antenna located in the upper rear part of the vehicle, where redesigned optics and a new bumper are also appreciated.

Continuing on the back, those who now want to open the gate can do so

without hands

and without the need to use the smart key command.

The action is executed by simply

sliding your foot under the bumper


an ideal solution for when we are loaded and we cannot use our hands.

They changed the steering wheel and the gear selector.

The screen is still the same 7 "touch screen.

The interior, meanwhile, also received a restyling.

The steering wheel now has a more ergonomic design (it has a flat base), the same as the gear selector of the CVT box.

What's more.

in this sector an

electronic handbrake

was incorporated


which is activated and unlocked with the push of a button.

Those who were hoping to find an updated multimedia system and a larger screen will

have to keep waiting


The X-Trail kept its 7-inch touch screen and its infotainment device still

lacks Android Auto and Apple Car Play

, two systems that by now should be yes or yes, considering their price and that are already offered by almost all the models of the vehicle fleet.

What the X-Trail does not negotiate is the

excellence in the quality

of its materials, the comfort on board or the efficiency of its mechanics.

Exemplary behavior

Despite its off-road design, it is a vehicle with which

you enjoy driving around the city every day


Its ride comfort and structural robustness is difficult to find in another model of these characteristics.

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Its 4.70 meters long and 2 meters wide provide a

generous interior space

, especially in the rear seats whose seats can be adjusted in depth.

In addition, the floor is flat, which allows to get a better rest for the legs.

The center seat, reserved for an occupant of medium to small build, has a soft backrest allowing it to be folded away and used as an armrest / cup holder.

These parts are normally hard and make the passenger uncomfortable.

Another highlight is the

huge panoramic glass roof

that runs the length of both plazas.

As we said, mechanics is another of its pillars.

The X-Trail still retains the

eternal 171-horsepower 2.5-liter gasoline engine

that has given it very good results.

And while this is an important attribute, it must also be recognized that some of its competitors offer more modern and powerful engines.

The one on the X-Trail offers a system to

reduce fuel consumption

, which is activated by pressing a button (



In doing so, the accelerator is less sensitive to the right foot, unless it is fully accelerated.

Without that option connected, the engine responds quickly.

The panoramic sunroof occupies the length of the two seats.

At the same time, another hallmark continues to be its

traction management system

, which allows the force to be sent only to the front axle, to distribute it automatically between both axles or to maintain a constant 50/50 distribution between the front and rear wheels. .

The new X-Trail is offered in two trim variants, both affected by internal tax.

Prices and versions

Nissan X-Trail Advance 2.5 CVT:

$ 5,700,000.

Nissan X-Trail Exclusive 2.5 CVT:

$ 6,038,000.

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Source: clarin

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