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New 2014 Nissan X-Trail unveiled

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    Expect the new X-Trail to arrive locally in July next year, priced at a premium of about $2500 on the current model. Photo Gallery

Nissan has civilised its popular X-Trail SUV.

galleryIt’s been a long time coming but Nissan’s new generation X-Trail is certain to grab an even bigger slice of the compact SUV market. Part of a total overhaul of its SUV range, the new X-Trail follows the lead of the next Pathfinder - here late this year - by being less rugged and less angular.

The X-Trail takes on the Dualis’ clothes to appeal to a broader range of customers and will also replace the Dualis +2 model. Built on Nissan’s common modular platform (CMP) that is shared with Renault, the longer and wider --yet lower-- X-Trail has the option of seven seats with its two occasional third row accommodation.

Nissan Australia is being quiet about this car but expect it in July next year and priced at a premium of about $2500 on the current model. Drivetrains are yet to be announced.

The 2.5-litre petrol four remains though Nissan has refined further the CVT automatic for smoothness and less “flare’’. Nissan claims the big improvement in the new gearbox is low friction - down 40 per cent on the old unit - which has resulted in a 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy.

Nissan has also kept is relatively off-road friendly. It keeps the “All Mode 4X4’’ drivetrain that allows selection on the move between 2WD and AWD and has an auto mode for the undecided. The boot floor can be partitioned into two levels and the wagon gets a bigger and wider rear door. Cargo space is increased as has rear legroom.

Nissan will place the new X-Trail between the small SUV, the Juke that is due here later this year, and the new Pathfinder that is now based on the Maxima-Murano platform.

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  • New XTrail is a great vehicle and love the drive and feel, but can't believe they put a space saver spare in a vehicle of this type as standard. enough to make me rethink my decision to buy.

    N Owner of Country Australia Posted on 12 April 2014 2:26pm
  • the nissan new xtrail looks good and goes good on paper i would like a demo when it arrives but why are we paying so much for our cars in australia & paying for auto is a con. all dealers profit from this deal. i was with my dad,& arnold glass to see the first datsun it was not a pretty car it was a bits & pieces car, but the company has devolped in to a good car maker now both my dad and arnold glass have passed away now.

    jeffrey cox of brisbane Posted on 28 March 2014 9:54pm
  • I took a drive at 3 dealers around Sydney and was quiet happy with the newly designed wagon. Drove T32 - Ti and ST-L (2.5L) I liked.. Smooth Steering More leg room for rear passengers Quieter Cabin Reclinable and Slideable rear seat Pratical design of a Driver console and dash board 3 Yrs Road side Didnt like.. Less color options Spacesaver Spare tyre Center Child seat hook on roof. Small Center console Felt bit of a body roll on corners compared to others in similar class.

    BJ of Australia Posted on 24 March 2014 4:52pm
  • After a quick look at the new mod (no drive) my opinion is that it does not have the same utilitarian capacity as old mod. Rear is not as low or wide and believe seats folded do not give a flat cargo area. I value the rear cargo drawer feature of the T31. Certainly more stylish (prettier than the old hippo!) but do I really want a chunkier Dualis? I think maybe Nissan will lose as many customers as they gain.

    dave wood Posted on 23 March 2014 9:17am
  • We have had our 2010 XTrail STL since new (as a lease), and it is just ready to tick over 100,000 k's and showing no signs of slowing down. It has been the best car we have ever owned, and for th elife of me I cannot work out why they are ignored by the press. Come December this year when this one goes back, we will seriously be looking at replacing it with the new model. My wife already loves the design (Pathfinder, Murano, Dualis, et al) so unless it is a stinker, we will have a new one inthe driveway. I just wish they came with a 370z - as a spare. smile

    Mikey Mike of Wyong Posted on 28 January 2014 9:10am
  • I will be taking delivery of the new x Trail because it will be my third X Trail my first one bought new in 2006 we gave to my son who has now increased the Kl's to 100 Plus with still no out of pocket problems. my next was a 2009 stl which now has 60,000 on the clock still with no problems both vehcles always serviced by Nissan campbelltown N.S.W I could not speak more highly of the service and the vehcles so here we go again.

    j costello of Bbaulkham hills N.S.W. Posted on 13 January 2014 3:18pm
  • My wife has has just attended a research focus session in Melbourne on the new X-Trail, actually being able to check it out on the floor. She loved it! We already own two models - 2011& 2012 - manual & CVT transmissions, and now will be buying another one when able in a couple of years. She loved the new design because the cargo space was the same if not better, the cabin headroom was the same if not better, more leg room in the back, and a better equipped cabin with current technology. Because we are very happy with the current model, we can't see any reason to change. So, first impressions bode well for the next generation of X- Trail models. I can't wait for more detailed information and the opportunity to check it out.

    Erik Krauklis of Bulleen, Victoria Posted on 12 December 2013 10:33am
  • I have had my current petrol engined Ti X -Trail for 10 years of no incident motoring and hope to upgrade next year....can't wait

    Stephan Jelenic Posted on 13 September 2013 9:24am
  • If any of the mechanics is based upon the current brand new X-Trail, forget it! My brand new diesel uses 14lt/100km on the open highway, Nissan Australia says this is acceptable. The 6 speed auto will NOT go into 6th gear at legal highway speeds. Nissan Australia says this is normal. The vehicle keeps going into limp home mode (Does it in front of trucks on the highway) Even when there is numerous error codes in the ECU, Nissan Australia won't fix because they say they can't "Replicate" the issue. The most dangerous 'feature' of this vehicle is it's unintended acceleration (All caught on video) along with more error codes in the ECU. Nissan Australia won't fix, once again they can''t "Replicate" the issue! Now Nissan Australia are avoiding me, and refused to honor their roadside assistance because I posted about these issues on social media. Brand new X-Trail is a complete lemon in my opinion (Engine oil on the air cleaner, engine oil on the MAF sensor) yet Nissan Australia keep selling these vehicles to the unsuspecting public. (Google X-Trail PCV/aircleaner problems) Five brand new Nissans, all five have had major problems. Never again Nissan. Never again!

    X-Fail Posted on 12 September 2013 12:16pm
  • ...'but except for the addition of a turbodiesel engine with an automatic transmission' - Not sure what you were saying here - the current model diesel is available with a six speed automatic

    bwright Posted on 12 September 2013 9:09am
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