Nissan X-Trail 2022: Qashqai's older brother arrives in Europe.

Nissan X-Trail 2022
Nissan X-Trail 2022

It's been more than a year since the first photographs of the fourth-generation Nissan X-Trail hit the internet, first in the United States, then in China from the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show, and finally, with the summer of 2022 approaching, the European Nissan X-Trail is a reality. Its presence on the Old Continent was confirmed by its second appearance, but now we can finally see it in its definitive form, much more modern and technological, with a wide matching interior available in 5 or 7 seats, as well as a modernized mechanical range that includes an unprecedented e-Power version identical to that of its little brother, the Nissan Qashqai.

General characteristics of the Nissan X-Trail 2022

We all assumed that the new generation of SUVs would be larger, but that has not been the case, as it has lost 38 millimeters along the road. The X-Trail is no longer a tiny and inconspicuous off-roader. Now that it has established itself as an SUV, it provides an image with crisp and muscular shapes to differentiate itself from its European siblings, the Renault Koleos and the Mitsubishi Outlander. This SUV's design is inspired by the 2018 X-Motion concept.

The front, which is not as angular as the idea, features details such as split headlamps, the top half extending towards the hood, and the bottom half towards the grille, in a significant aesthetic presentation, while the grille has some exceptional proportions and a V-shape. Meanwhile, in the back, there are some pilots who seem more like the contemporary ones, with a rather short rear window, a high and distinct waist, and wheel arches that are extremely broad at the top. identical to those of the aforementioned prototype This pattern is available in ten distinct body colors and up to five two-tone combinations.

The inside is trimmed in black leather with white stitching, and the placement of the various pieces changes dramatically from the existing one. The steering wheel remains flat at the bottom, but the instrument panel is now entirely digital (up to 12.3 inches) and the center console is considerably more compact, with a touch screen at the top (9") and the air conditioning below this. The middle tunnel is larger and has a tiny gear selector as well as a rotary control for driving modes.

Technical specifications of the Nissan X-Trail 2022

On a more technical level, this new generation is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-C platform, which we already know from the Nissan Qashqai. This enables it to share a significant portion of its dynamic and mechanical DNA, including an unparalleled e-Power variation that will be the range's main appeal, with a format that we describe in detail in our test with the Nissan Qashqai e-Power.

Thus, the X-Trail e-Power will have an electric motor with (150kW) 204 horsepower that will just drive the front wheels. However, instead of a large battery pack and a charging mechanism, it will only have a 1.5 kWh battery driven by a contemporary 1.5-liter three-cylinder variable compression ratio petrol engine. This generator engine produces 155 horsepower and claims consumption of 5.8-5.9 liters per 100 km/h as well as CO2 emissions of 122 g/km, although it never moves the car's wheels.

There will also be an all-wheel drive e-4ORCE variant with 213 CV and a maximum torque of 330 Nm at the front and 195 Nm at the back, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, while its consumption stays between 6.3 and 6.4 liters per 100 km (WLTP).

To go along with this revolutionary technology, Nissan will provide a more traditional 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 160 horsepower, an Xtronic automatic transmission, and just front-wheel drive, yep, supplemented by a 12 V mild hybrid system. These Nissan micro-hybrids are outfitted with an underfloor lithium battery and a belt-driven generator to collect braking energy, which is then utilized to offer extra torque support during acceleration and start-stop assist during extended pauses, so helping to reduce consumption and emissions.

As previously stated, the new X-Trail benefits from the new CMF-C platform, which achieves a wheelbase of 2.67 meters, two centimeters more than the previous model. The nicest thing about this architecture is that it is 41% stiffer and 63 kilograms lighter, which has allowed the Qashqai, for example, to expand both size and technological equipment, and which, without a doubt, should bring the same benefits to this X-Trail. In addition, the SUV will have five driving modes to choose from Off-Road, Snow, Standard, Eco, and Sport. It will also have well-known house brand technologies, like the E-Pedal and the well-known ProPILOT driver assistance system, which will now include Navi-Link.

Range, prices, and launch of the Nissan X-Trail 2022

With the introduction of this new X-Trail, as well as the inclusion of the electric Nissan Ariya, the Japanese manufacturer will establish a complete SUV range with numerous electrified versions, with which it hopes to achieve a truly ambitious goal: selling a million hybrid and electric vehicles by 2023. Nissan Spain has announced that the new Nissan X-Trail e-POWER will be available in our market by the end of October, when the first deliveries will take place. Orders will be taken tomorrow on Nissan's website, where you can learn more about the N-Connecta, Tekna, and Tekna Plus finishes, which are now available at the following prices:

  • Nissan X-Trail N-Connecta e-Power: 44,460 euros

  • Nissan X-Trail Tekna e-Power: 48,410 euros

  • Nissan X-Trail Tekna + e-Power: 52,310 euros

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