Published on December 13th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Nissan Launches A New X-Trail, In ETCM Showrooms Now
Nissan promises an innovative new look for this all new-generation X-Trail crossover – which is Nissan’s top-selling model in Europe. Nissan says the Resonance “is meant to be provocative, energetic and engaging – even polarizing. Its edgy yet sophisticated design provides a clear, exciting view into the future of crossover innovation.”
This X-Trail is built on Nissan’s new Common Module Family (CMF) platform that will underpin the majority of new vehicles from the Japanese automaker as well as alliance partner, Renault. The new X-Trail is larger than the first-generation model and the new car will be more aerodynamic than the current model to help further improve its CO2 figures.
Even with its new design, increased size and performance improvements, Nissan needs to challenge the segment dominance by the Honda CR-V, Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Thanks to a smooth yet muscular body, the X-Trail combines strength and the spirit of adventure with organic, flowing lines. The elegant yet sporty profile also integrates a host of new design features and details, including bold new headlamps – available with LED as standard on high-grade models – and a distinctive new LED signature strip that makes the car instantly recognisable at night. Other details include a powered tailgate and a power opening panoramic roof.
Inside, the X-Trail offers a completely new environment for occupants. Designed from the very outset to include an optional seven seat format, the cabin features a raked theatre seating layout that ensures every passenger has a great view out. Featuring premium materials and intelligent design throughout, the X-Trail sets new standards for rear seat access, space for optional third-row passengers and in-car technology.
In terms of size, the all new X-Trail is 17mm longer (4,643mm) than the previous generation model, and has a 76mm longer wheelbase that helps deliver more space inside. The new model is also 30mm wider and 5mm lower than the previous car and the ground clearance is maintained at 210mm.
The new model is also 90kg lighter than the model it replaces. Ultra high strength steel now accounts for 49 per cent of the X-Trail’s body construction, making the structure lighter and stronger than before.
The advanced use of composites has also helped drive down the X-Trail’s kerb weight. The tailgate, for example, is constructed from plastic rather than steel, while the front and rear bumper assemblies have been optimised for material thickness. This incredible attention to detail means that the all-new X-Trail is as strong and as light as possible.
As customers have come to expect from Nissan, the all-new X-Trail features a host of intelligent and useful design details.
The front end, for example, combines complex shapes with crisp lines and intelligent use of light and shade. The all-new LED headlamps cut into the bumpers, cleverly combing the upper and lower halves of the body. The lamp clusters themselves are intricately detailed, with a striking new lighting signature that gives the all-new X-Trail a distinctive look in low light conditions.
the all-new X-Trail’s interior has undergone a dramatic transformation. With more space, improved ergonomics and a host of new premium features, it sets new standards for comfort and equipment in the C-SUV sector.
The main dashboard area combines advanced technology with an intelligent layout that allows the driver to concentrate on the road ahead. The split-level dashboard has been designed to be as clear and easy to navigate as possible, with the gently raised centre console housing both the infotainment system and the ventilation controls.
The redesigned combimeter features the Advanced Drive-Assist Display, a large five-inch colour display screen located between the two main dials. This high-resolution touchscreen displays information from, among other sources, the all-new X-Trail’s safety systems, and has been designed in such a way that drivers can receive warnings without having to take their attention away from the road.
The centre console houses a seven-inch high-resolution screen and a host of smartphone connectivity features.
Quality and attention to detail have come to typify Nissan crossover design, and the new X-Trail is no exception. The cabin area features a host of high quality materials, including chrome, piano black and leather with contrast stitching. To further enhance comfort for occupants, Nissan examined every surface where the driver or passenger comes into contact with the car. As a result, the door armrest pads and centre console pad is eight times thicker than sector rivals offer. Other touches include a large between-the-seats storage box big enough to take an iPad or 10-inch tablet.
Practicality is another area where the all new X-Trail excels. Designed from the start with space for the optional third row of seats, the new X-Trail’s cabin takes full advantage of the new platform’s longer wheelbase to deliver class-leading levels of space for occupants. Nissan knows that quality is as important as quantity when it comes to accommodation, which is why every seat in the new X-Trail has been carefully designed to be as comfortable and as practical as possible. All three rows are arranged in a theatre-style layout, with the mounting points for the second and third rows being higher than the ones in front.
Where some rivals fit a simple, fixed bench in the second row, the X-Trail offers a sliding and reclining function that allows owners to adapt the luggage space and comfort to their needs. The optional third row seats have a double fold function that allows them to be folded completely flat, while headroom and heel gap also provide ample seating space.
Second row passengers enjoy best-in-sector legroom thanks to the extended wheelbase and a new design of front seats that features deeply sculpted backs.
Up front, both the driver and passenger benefit from new seats designed to offer maximum comfort. In addition to the standard seat, Nissan has also developed a new Comfort seat, zero gravity inspired, which delivers improved spinal support with optimised blood-flow to reduce fatigue on longer journeys.
The versatility pioneered in the previous model goes a step further in all-new X-Trail thanks to a smart and innovative double load floor providing flexible storage options (up to nine configurations). The cargo area can be positioned into upper and lower areas in a simple single-handed move. In its top most position, the board can hold up to 10 kilograms of luggage, or 75 kilograms in its middle position. This split cargo solution enables the user to store, for example, a stroller and large items below while creating a fully usable upper load surface for smaller, lighter items.
Access to the luggage area has also been made as easy as possible with remote operation of the power tailgate. As buyers have come to expect from Nissan, the all-new X-Trail launches with a high level of standard equipment.