Like a Phoenix risen from its ashes, the Nissan X-Trail is ready to make a comeback in the Indian market. And in this new avatar, it looks phenomenal. The chrome grille, along with those angular headlamps, the erotic side profile and the sexy tail lights, all of it together make the car so desirable!
This capable SUV has been in India since 2004, but was discontinued in 2014 because of very less demand. But this time, the folks at Nissan need not worry about this problem, because the new X-Trail is bigger, better, sexier and much more awesome. It is an SUV which truly deserves the badge of Nissan.
Nissan had showcased this new generation X-Trail at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. There is no fixed launch date revealed yet, but this car will definitely be hitting the showrooms soon this year.
In league with the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer, the X-trail stands out in terms of performance and style. For the Indian market, the Nissan X-Trail 2016 could be offered with a 2.0-litre dCi diesel engine, feeding power to an electronic 4WD (four-wheel-drive) system. All of this coupled to a CVT gearbox. The company might also roll out a petrol hybrid version of the SUV in India where a 2.0 litre petrol engine along with an electric motor will generate a combined output of 179 BHP. As far as appearance is concerned, the almost box like appearance of the older X-Trail has been replaced with curves that impart a much sporty look. It has got much leaner towards the hood, giving way to the stretched out, badass headlights. The Active Ride Control, similar to the one seen on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly. One of the major advantages of the current generation X-trail is the 7-seat configuration.
Uptil now, you must be thinking that the new X-Trail will be assembled locally in India, which does make a lot of sense to anyone. But no, Nissan has some other plans. They’ll be bringing in the X-Trail as a CBU, which means, that it will be a bit more expensive than the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa-Fe, falling in the bracket of 32-35 lakhs (ex-showroom). Although, considering the design, practicality, off-roading capability, build quality and the trust factor of being a Nissan, it should probably be worth that kind of money.
The previous generation X-trail had failed to stir the Indian market, but as we now enter into 2016, Nissan feels that their SUV will perfectly fit the needs of Indians like a jigsaw puzzle.