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Nissan Australia has released pricing and specification details for its facelifted X-Trail range ahead of an on-sale date for petrol versions next week, with the SUV to start from $27,990 before on-road costs for the manual-equipped ST front-wheel drive (FWD).
Externally, the front fascia has been redesigned and incorporates the latest interpretation of Nissan's 'V-motion' grille, as well as revised headlights and LED daytime running lights (DRL). Meanwhile, the rear-end has a different appearance for its bumper and LED tail-lights with signature boomerang graphics.
Inside, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and new-look leather shift knob has been added, while the centre console and lid have been re-imagined.
Aside from exterior and interior styling changes, the updated line-up is highlighted by the addition of a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, which replaces the former model's 1.6-litre unit.
As a result, power and torque jump from 96kW/320Nm to 130kW/380Nm, while fuel economy is rated at 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle test. However, customers will have to wait until September to get their hands on an oil-burner thanks to production constraints.
Alternatively, the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrols carry over unchanged, producing 106kW/200Nm and 126kW/226Nm respectively. The 2.0-litre consumes 8.2L/100km and emits 190 grams of carbon dioxide per km, while the 2.5-litre sips 7.9-8.3L/100km with 183g/km of emissions.
A six-speed manual gearbox is available exclusively with the 2.0-litre petrol-powered ST FWD, whereas the rest of the range employs a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – which signals the end of the self-shifting diesel option.
Petrol X-Trails are offered in three grades – ST, ST-L and Ti – while diesel variants are available in TS and TL guises.
Four-wheel drive (4WD) and FWD systems are on offer for low- and mid-spec petrol models, but the flagship and both diesel X-Trails come as standard with the 4WD set-up.
The X-Trail ST is available in CVT-equipped FWD five ($30,490) or seven seat ($31,990) configurations, as well as the aforementioned FWD manual and 4WD ($32,490) – which is $1490 cheaper than before.
These models share their specification with the TS ($35,490); which includes 17-inch alloy wheels wearing 225/65 tyres, 5.0-inch multimedia display, reversing camera, six airbags, keyless start and auto emergency braking (AEB) – which is now standard across the range.
Stepping up to the ST-L FWD five or seven seater will cost buyers $36,590 and $38,090 respectively, while the 4WD version is now $900 less expensive at $38,590.
Extra kit for this grade includes leather-accented seats with heated electric front pews, dual-zone climate control, 7.0-inch multimedia system with satellite navigation, surround-view monitor, front fog lights, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Topping the local line-up are the petrol Ti ($44,290) and diesel TL ($47,290), which boost their feature list by adding an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, motion-activated power tailgate, eight-speaker Bose sound system, sunroof, heated rear seats, 19-inch rims shod with 225/60 rubber, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistant.
Three new paint colours have been added to the options list including 'Marine Blue', 'Copper Blaze' and 'Ruby Red'.
The upgraded Nissan X-Trail range will start to roll into Aussie showrooms on May 8 before being joined by the diesel variants in September.