Published on May 4th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair2
VOTY 2019//Hybrid – Nissan X-Trail
Last year, we actually split our hybrid category into two. This year, in the absence of new Plug-in Hybrids, we’ve had to trim it back down to one. Our decision was still a tough one. In the end, the Nissan X-Trail prevailed a winner.
The X-Trail Hybrid represents a number of firsts. It’s the first mid-sized SUV to come with a hybrid powertrain. In addition, this is the first time Edaran Tan Chong Motors has ventured into locally-assembly of an electrified car. It’s also the first time we’re seeing the 3rd generation X-Trail in Malaysia with 5 seats. The rear row is actually more plush and supportive than it is in the 7-seater version. This makes the X-Trail Hybrid a suitable Teana replacement too.
The X-Trail Hybrid gives Malaysians a practical, well-equipped, and comfortable SUV that returns outstanding fuel consumption figures.
Nissan X-Trail Specifications
Engine: Inline 4, DOHC, Twin CVCC with Electric Motor
Gearbox: CVT with 7-speed manual mode
Max power: 144PS @ 6000rpm (+41PS electric)
Max torque: 200Nm @ 4400rpm (+160Nm electric)
How VOTY Winners are selected.
Our process is simple and clean.
All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of 2019 are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands operating in the country and ask to test these cars. There are no participation fees, no buying of tables at the event, no charge whatsoever. All that’s needed is a fresh enough car, and a willingness to give our judges a test drive.
About a month before the event, the four judges from dsf.my and gohedgostan.com (Daniel Sherman Fernandes, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair) convene to discuss which vehicles impressed us in each category. The judges can only vote on cars that they’ve driven. A simple majority is all it takes for a car to win in a category.
Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.