2012 Nissan X-Trail Platinum Edition introduced in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 26, 2011

The new Platinum edition X-TRAIL from Nissan is both beautiful and tough. Nissan took inspiration from platinum, a special type of metal, to create this X-TRAIL4x4. This glamorous model comes with extra equipment that that can’t be seen on other models in its range. Placing more protection plates below the bumpers increases the level of protection and the style of the vehicle. At the sides, there are chrome side steps as well as chrome door protection mouldings.

The interior of the Platinum uses leather upholstery and front seats that are electrically-adjustable and are heated. Satellite navigation, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth are featured on its sophisticated new touch screen communication unit.

For added protection, it has been equipped with a reversing camera. The images are transmitted onto a small screen integrated into the rear view mirror.

The Platinum is powered by the X-TRAIL’s advanced 2.0dCi diesel engine with a pick from either manual or automatic transmissions. The manual can deliver 173PS but it’s still capable of returning an average of 44.1mpg.

But consumers would be surprised to know that the X-TRAIL Platinum is highly affordable. In fact, it is priced lower than the Tekna version on which it’s based. The manual is priced at £29,180 while the automatic is priced at £30,560. The order books have been opened for this model, of which, just 200 units will be built.

The latest iteration of the Nissan X-Trail features a number of exterior, mechanical and aerodynamic modifications as well as improvements in perceived quality and functionality.

As a result, the new Nissan X-Trail now consumes less fuel and emits less carbon dioxide. These changes include a more integrated front fascia that features redesigned grille, headlights and bumper assembly. Upon closer inspection, the grille is of higher quality and now flows down into the vehicle’s bumper assembly. The grille still features the twin angled struts in either side of the Nissan logo – a hallmark cue among Nissan's SUVs.

Meanwhile, the lower part of the vehicle’s bumper is now angled outwards to further indicate its wider track and more aggressive stance. Compared to its predecessor, the new Nissan X-Trail is specified with lights that are sleeker and that appear more techical. Main lights are either Xenon or halogen projectors -- depending on grade – while the high beam is of halogen parabole. Its turn indicators are still integrated in the assembly just above the headlights.

Entry-grade X-Trail features a silver background while mid- and high-grade versions Trail now feature a black background. Its fog lamps are now mounted beneath the headlights, just recessed in the bumper. Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Nissan X-Trail boasts of vertical lights with LED running/braking lights -- thereby helping enhance visibility, safety and fuel economy.

The vehicle’s turn signal is now integrated into the lower section of the light assembly, with the running/brake lights located to the outside. The Nissan X-Trail now rides on wider, ten-spoke 18-inch alloy wheel (up to 225/55/18), allowing for a more aggressive on-the-road stance.

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