Not only does the 4th generation X-Trail look like an inflated version of the Qashqai from the outside, there are also many common features from a technical point of view, since the new product is also based on the CMF-C platform. Several details of the model, which is 4 cm longer than its predecessor, refer to the more hard-line first generation, but there is no sign of the off-road impact in the interior. Compared to before, they promise a better feeling of quality and Nissan has also taken great care to make handling as simple as possible. The driver receives two 12.3-inch displays, the head unit is also suitable for running Google and Amazon Assistant. It is interesting that the driver support system package known as ProPilot at Nissan has been “tied” to the navigation, so the car adjusts the cruise control to the speed limit and is able to slow down when approaching a sharp turn.
Practicality, however, is at least as important: in addition to the fact that the child seat is easy to install with doors that open almost at a right angle, the seats in the 2nd row can be slid on rails, and can be shaded with a curtain that can be pulled out from the door. And, of course, it is also not incidental that the X-Trail is still available in a 7-seat version! Nissan does not sell beanbags, the two additional seats are mainly for children, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, you can travel comfortably in the 3rd row up to a height of 160 cm.
The real, revolutionary changes took place in the engine range. Even the basic model is interesting, as a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder, turbo gasoline engine with variable compression is found at the bottom of the range, the 163 horsepower is transmitted to the front wheels by a continuously variable transmission. The real interesting thing is the introduction of the e-Power powertrains, since whether it is the 204-horsepower front-wheel drive or the 4×4 e-4orce subversion, here the 1.5-liter gasoline engine works as a power generator, and the drive is physically performed by the electric motors in all cases. According to Nissan, the system, which has been available in Japan since 2016 (Note), gives the feeling of an electric car, mainly because the X-Trail can even be driven with one pedal – when you step off the pedal, a deceleration of 0.2 Gs is achieved, in which case the brake lights already flash. As one of the specialists in 4×4 drives, Nissan also mentions that the e-4orce system can send torque to the rear axle 10,000 times faster than the traditional mechanical all-wheel drive!
Since the entry-level model of the new Qashqai is available from 11.9 million, it is not particularly surprising that the price of the X-Trail also increased significantly with the generation change. The basic 1.5 version can be taken home from HUF 13,799,000, and the e-Power versions are priced at HUF 15,899,000 and HUF 17,799,000. The 7-seater design, which costs HUF 500,000, can only be ordered for the 163 and 213 horsepower versions.
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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