Nissan X-Trail

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Nissan X-Trail
AssemblyKanda, Fukuoka, Japan
(main production plant)
PredecessorNissan Rasheen
SuccessorNissan Rogue (Canada)
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutFront engine
2WD / 4WD / 4WD Lock
(selectable with switch)
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Nissan X-Trail
AssemblyKanda, Fukuoka, Japan
(main production plant)
PredecessorNissan Rasheen
SuccessorNissan Rogue (Canada)
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutFront engine
2WD / 4WD / 4WD Lock
(selectable with switch)

The Nissan X-Trail is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 2001. It was one of Nissan's first crossover SUVs and was released about the same time as several other companies competing car-based compact SUVs including the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Ford Escape and its Mazda Tribute sibling, the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. The X-Trail is positioned below the truck-based Xterra and Pathfinder and was never offered by dealerships in the United States. The first generation was available in Canada until it was replaced by the Rogue. However, both the Rogue and the X-Trail are sold in Mexico. The Rogue shares the same platform as the second-generation X-Trail and is very similar to the Qashqai.

The X-Trail's All-Mode 4x4 transmission transfer case enables the driver to select between 2WD, 4WD or 4WD Lock through an electronic switch on the dashboard. The company currently offers a hydrogen fuel cell model named the X-Trail FCV on lease to businesses.

The main production plant of the X-Trail is in Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan; though parts and engines that are produced in Japan are also assembled by other Nissan plants in numerous countries.

Engines[edit source | edit]

Available only in the Japanese market is the SR20VET that produces 206 kW (280 hp) and is used in the X-Trail GT. The Australian model is powered by a QR25DE 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine initially producing 132 kW (177 hp). From January 2006, the Australian-spec engine was detuned to 123 kW (169 hp). Also available is the QR20DE 4-cylinder engine, producing 103 kW (140 hp) or 110 kW (150 hp) with manual or automatic transmission. The biggest selling engine in the United Kingdom is the YD22DDTi, a 2.2 litre turbo-charged common-rail diesel. The X-Trail has had three model revisions, the Series 1 and Series 2 (using Nissan FF-S platform) and the Series 3 (using Nissan/Renault C platform). There were various cosmetic and engineering changes made between series 1 and 2 but the series 3 is all new despite a similar appearance with new engines apart from the 2.5L which has been retained.

First generation (2001–2007)[edit source | edit]

First generation
2003-2007 NISSAN X-TRAIL X 4WD.jpg
Also calledNissan X-Trail Classic
Production2001-2007 (Japan)
since 2002 (Taiwan)
2005-2008 (Thailand, Indonesia)
PlatformNissan FF-S platform
Engine2.0 L 140 bhp I4
2.5L 165 hp I4
2.2 L 136 bhp common-rail turbo diesel I4
2.0 L 280 hp turbo SR20VET (Japan only)
Transmission4-speed automatic
5 and 6-speed manual
Wheelbase103.3 in (2,624 mm)
Length4WD: 175.4 in (4,455 mm)
2WD: 177.6 in (4,511 mm)
WidthPre-Facelift: 69.5 in (1,765 mm)
Facelift: 69.2 in (1,758 mm)
HeightBase: 65.9 in (1,674 mm)
SLX & 4WD: 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
RelatedNissan Primera
Nissan Almera
Nissan Sentra

The first-generation X-Trail uses the Nissan FF-S platform, shared with the Nissan Almera and the Nissan Primera. The X-Trail was sold in Canada for the 2005 and 2006 model years (but Nissan Canada continued to market the X-Trail until 2007), and in Mexico since 2003. The X-Trail has been sold in the Philippines since mid-2003, and received facelifts in early 2005 and May 2007. In the United Kingdom the first-generation car was available in S, Sport and SE+ between launch and 2004. The trim levels were then revised to SE, Sport, SVE and T-Spec. At this point all models were equipped with full electric windows, electricity adjustable door mirrors (on SVE & T-Spec they were electrically folding also), climate control, single CD player, 4 airbags and remote central locking. The trim levels were once again revised in 2006. Nissan is still selling the Nissan X-Trail T30 model in some countries, where it is called the Nissan X-Trail Classic. In 2007 the Yulon manufactured model version got a facelift.

Nissan X-Trail GT[edit source | edit]

In mid-2002 Nissan launched a special edition X-Trail equipped with the SR20VET engine which produces 280 hp (209 kW). This model, named the X-Trail GT, was offered only in Japan.[1]

Media coverage[edit source | edit]

In 2006, Nissan launched a Nissan X-Trail Bonavista Edition commercial featuring a Nissan dealer speaking in an incomprehensible Newfoundland accent.[2] The commercial itself backfired when Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald claimed it had portrayed people in Bonavista as people who cannot speak properly. To further expose the commercial's lack of linguistic authenticity, CBC News reported the sales rep was played by an actor from Cape Breton.[3]

That commercial was parodied by a local car dealer in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in a radio ad that takes shots at Ontario marketing companies and Premier Dalton McGuinty's "nondescript" personality.[4]

Second generation (2007–present)[edit source | edit]

Second generation
Production2008-Present (Japan)
2009-Present (Thailand, Indonesia)
PlatformNissan C platform
Engine2.0 L MR20DE I4
2.5 L QR25DE I4
2.0 L M9R Diesel Engine I4
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase103.5 in (2,629 mm)
Length2008-2010: 182.3 in (4,630 mm)
2011: 4,640 mm (182.7 in)
Width2008-2010: 70.7 in (1,796 mm)
2011-: 1,806 mm (71.1 in)
Height2008-2010 2WD: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
2008-2010 4WD: 69.7 in (1,770 mm)
2011- 2WD: 1,699 mm (66.9 in)
2011- 4WD: 1,780 mm (70.1 in)
RelatedNissan Sentra
Nissan Rogue
Renault Koleos
Nissan Qashqai

The 2008 Nissan X-Trail gave its public debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show in March, and went on sale in Europe in the third quarter of that year.

Slightly larger than the previous model, it is based on the Nissan C platform. This X-Trail appeared in Europe in the first part of the 2007 and towards the end of the year in Australia and Mexico, but not in the United States and Canada where it was replaced by the Rogue. A facelifted model appeared in August 2010.

A limited edition Nissan X-Trail Platinum was released in 2012. This model is equipped with special features not seen on any other X-Trail.[5] Only 200 will be produced for the UK market.[6]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Nissan Forums: X-Trail GT Turbo
  2. ^ "Broadcast Yourself". YouTube. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "N.L. car dealer spoofs Nissan's 'Bonavista' ad - CTV News". 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Limited-edition Nissan X-Trail Platinum announced". Expert Reviews. Dennis Publishing Limited. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  6. ^ "LX-Trail Platinum Limited Edition". Nissan UK. Nissan UK. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 

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