The Nissan X-Trail SUV, one of the most popular models of the Japanese automaker, was first launched in India in 2005. It was later discontinued in 2014.

HT Auto Desk

October 18, 2022, 12:34 p.m

The fourth generation Nissan X-Trail is currently being tested on Indian roads for feasibility. It will be the first among the three SUVs introduced by the Japanese automaker to be launched in India.

Nissan Motor Company has confirmed the return of its flagship mid-size SUV X-Trail to India. At an event today (October 18), Nissan announced the launch of its SUV offensive in the country with as many as three models, led by the next-generation X-Trail SUV. The fourth generation X-Trail, already launched in global markets, will be the first of the three to reach Indian shores. The Japanese automaker is currently testing the SUV for feasibility near its Chennai plant. The exact timing of the launch of the X-Trail will be announced after the tests are completed.

The India-bound X-Trail SUV will be based on the Alliance CMF-C platform. It will be equipped with the ePOWER brand drive system, which includes a high-capacity battery and a transmission integrated with a variable compression ratio gasoline engine, a generator, an inverter and a 150 kW front electric motor.

The ePOWER drive system will be offered in two powertrain variants, which include the powerful e-POWER hybrid capable of generating 201 hp and the all-wheel drive e-POWER variant with 211 hp.

Nissan will also offer the X-Trail SUV in India with a mild hybrid variant. The mild hybrid variant will be offered with 12V mild hybrid technology that can produce a maximum power of 160 horsepower and 300 Nm of peak torque. Mild hybrid technology will help the SUV recover energy when decelerating through regeneration and is stored in the battery. It also increases torque by around 6Nm.

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First introduced in 2001, the X-Trail SUV is one of the Japanese automaker’s most popular models worldwide. So far, Nissan has sold seven million units of the X-Trail SUV worldwide. The Nissan X-Trail was first launched in India in 2005. It was discontinued nine years later.

The exterior of the X-Trail has now been upgraded to look more modern. The exterior design is highlighted by signature elements such as a floating roof and a V-shaped grille flanked by LED headlamps on either side. On the side, the X-Trail will have muscular wheel arches. The shape of the rear rack will resemble a dolphin’s fin. At the rear, the X-Trail gets split taillights and a silver panel that curves under the rear bumper.

Once launched, the new X-Trail will take on rivals like Hyundai TucsonJeep compassCitroën C5 Aircross among other mid-size SUVs in India. Expect the price to be closer to 30 lakh (ex-showroom).

Date of first publication: 18 Oct 2022 12:34 IST