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New Nissan X-Trail 2021 leak gives early look at incoming Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 rival

Little is known about the new Nissan X-Trail, but these leaks show a new SUV that will be styled closely to the current model.

A patent application has given us the first proper look at the next-generation Nissan X-Trail mid-size SUV, which is due to be officially revealed by the end of the year.

Though the vehicle is unnamed, the obvious V-motion front grille alludes to its Nissan underpinnings, while the chunky lower front bumper also hints at its go-anywhere potential.

The profile and rear pictures don’t reveal much of the new X-Trail, but slimmer tail-lights, prominent rear scuff plate and subtle rear spoiler can be glimpsed.

Little else is know about the new X-Trail at this point, but rumours are pointing to an all-digital instrument cluster, as well as upgrades to in-cabin technology and safety.

Engine wise, the new X-Trail is expected to retain the same powertrains as before, which includes a 106kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol, 126kW/226Nm 2.5-litre petrol and 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel for the Australian market.

However, outputs are expected to be improved to better take its rivals including the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.

The continuously variable automatic transmission is also expected to be carried over to the new-gen X-Trail.

What remains to be seen however, is if Nissan offer an electrified powertrain to take on the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester hybrids.

When contacted for comment, Nissan Australia said that the company "regularly files patents and trademarks for creative properties that may or may not be used for future products and or services.

"We cannot comment on speculation or future product plans.”