2017 Nissan X-Trail Facelift debuts with ProPILOT autonomous driving tech

Article by Christian A., on June 6, 2017

Presented in 2013, the 3rd gen X-Trail is now the beneficiary of a long awaited mid-cycle upgrade this year. The European equivalent of the Nissan Rogue, the mid-size crossover will now flaunt sharper aesthetics, better packaging, more comfortable features and a few tech novelties.

Juventus and Real Madrid will battle it out head to head to determine the champion in this year's UEFA Champions League in Europe, in what is considered the largest soccer event for club teams on the continent. The final match will also host the unveiling of the facelifted version of the X-Trail from Nissan, the official automotive partner of UEFA Champions League.

In what is considered as a state-of-the-art tech is the ProPILOT autonomous driving system which will be offered for the aforementioned SUV next year. The new tech will manage the acceleration, steering and braking in a single lane highway in heavy traffic jam and high-speed travel. The system is part of the Japanese automaker's Intelligent Mobility array of tech that also involves Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Japanese automaker revealed that ever since the 3rd-gen X-Trail was launched, more than 115,000 units of the SUV have been delivered to European drivers. Sales doubled from 2014 to 2015 and the total increased again by an impressive 40 percent in the subsequent year. The 3rd-gen X-trail will be on sale this year in August.

Exterior Design

The rejuvenated model will boast a sleeker look with more noticeable radiator grille, sharper-edged headlights with LED daytime running lights, bigger logo and modified fog lamps.

All of these new elements are part of the Japanese automaker's latest example of its V-Motion face. The largest Nissan SUV in Europe is also equipped with various dandy features including a hands-free functionality for the electric tailgate that is mainly operated by easily kicking a foot beneath the rear bumper, alternative adaptive LED headlights, brand new 18-inch wheels and an array of fresh exterior colors that includes Red Pearl, Dark Brown Pearl, Orange Pearl and Blue Pearl Metallic.


The SUV's engines are still the same, and the SUV offers 3 different alternatives. The base unit is a 1.6 L diesel that can produce around 130 hp (97 kW) of power that is offered with a six-speed manual of a CVT, and either a FWD or an AWD. Moreover, a bigger 2.0 L diesel motor will also be made available, which was unveiled for the X-Trail in the previous year.

One can avail it with the identical transmissions and can deliver 177 hp (132 kW) to the front wheels or all 4 wheels. However, customers that will opt for a gasoline-powered X-Trail will only have a single option: a 1.6 L turbo unit that can produce around 163 hp (123 kW) of power, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox in delivering power to the front axle.

Press Release

2017 Nissan X-Trail Facelift

The Nissan X-Trail is the world’s best-selling SUV and the UEFA Champions League is the world’s largest annual sporting tournament. So what better place to kick off the next chapter of the Nissan X-Trail success story than at an exclusive event just hours head of the Final itself?

The new X-Trail – the largest model in Nissan’s crossover line-up – features a range of upgrades which further improve its quality and refinement. They include a distinctive and robust new exterior, higher-quality interior with desirable new features and innovative new technologies to make life on the road even safer.

There are also new levels of practicality for customers. Likely to prove a match-winner with Real Madrid or Juventus players is the new hands-free functionality on the electric tailgate, which is operated by simply kicking a foot under the rear bumper!

A highly capable five or seven-seat crossover, the enhancements to X-Trail are based on customer feedback and designed to reinforce its position as the perfect car for family adventures.

Upgrades to the front of the X-Trail include a wider ‘V-motion’ grille, with a new bumper design that makes greater use of the body colour and includes a smart new gloss black finish.

Revised headlamp clusters feature a contemporary new version of the X-Trail’s ‘boomerang’ Daytime Running Light signature. There is greater design differentiation between the halogen units and full LEDs, which feature Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) for the first time. The fog lamps are now rectangular instead of circular.

At the rear, the bumper has been redesigned to give it a more robust look, with new chrome detailing. The light signature has been upgraded to full LED. The profile of the X-Trail has also been enhanced with new 17 and 18-inch wheel designs plus a chrome side moulding across the base of the two doors on range-topping Tekna grade.

There are four vibrant new exterior paint colours – Orange Pearl, Red Pearl, Blue Pearl Metallic, and Dark Brown Pearl.

Enhancements to the interior include a new D-shaped steering wheel, which means easier entry and exit for the driver. Offering improved visibility of the instruments, it features new easy-to-use four-way controllers for reduced ‘eyes off the road’ time. It’s now available with integrated heating functionality for the first time.

New higher quality materials have been used across the cabin, such as the gloss black finish on the air vents. Heated seats are available in both the front and rear for the first time. A striking new tan and black two-tone leather interior is an optional extra on Tekna grade.

Reflecting customer demands for a superior audio option, Tekna grade is now fitted with an all-new eight-speaker BOSE Premium audio system as standard. It’s the most complete sound system ever offered in a Nissan vehicle in Europe.

DAB digital radio is standard for the first time, while the NissanConnect touch-screen satellite navigation features a smart new user interface that’s more app-like in appearance for easier use. It comes with a new ‘shark fin’ roof antenna for improved reception and a more contemporary finish.

The interior versatility of the new X-Trail makes it perfect for adventurous families.

It offers exceptional space and comfort, including best-in-class knee room in the second row of seats. The car has clever storage solutions and practical features, such as the sliding / reclining functionality of the second row seats.

Thanks to revised interior packaging, the boot on the new X-Trail is now larger than before, with VDA capacity rising from 550 litres to 565 litres on the five-seat version. The total space with all seats folded rises to 1,996 litres.

Every X-Trail boot comes with Nissan’s innovative Luggage Board System, which allows for shelves and dividers to be adjusted into any one of nine different configurations. These include a hidden compartment to keep valuables out of sight, making it the ideal base for family days out.

For drivers seeking new levels of flexibility and greater freedom when they want it, the new Nissan X-Trail will be available with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology during 2018. ProPILOT will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising.

It’s one of a range of Nissan Intelligent Mobility systems which are new to the X-Trail. Others include Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. If the driver attempts to reverse when an approaching vehicle is detected, the system gives visual and audible warnings.

The X-Trail’s range of three efficient engines remains, including the 2.0-litre 177PS diesel launched just last year. It means customers can pick the perfect X-Trail for their needs, with the choice of petrol or high and low-powered diesel, six-speed manual or CVT XTronic automatic transmissions, 2WD or 4WD and five or seven seats.

Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: “Nissan is the official automotive partner of the UEFA Champions League, and football is a game loved by families all over the world. What better place to unveil the new Nissan X-Trail – the perfect car for family adventures – than at the 2017 Final in Cardiff.”

Including the USA, where the X-Trail is badged Rogue, more than 3.7 million cars have been sold since the first-generation model was launched in 2000. That includes almost half a million cars in Europe, where the X-Trail remains hugely popular.

Approximately 115,000 units have been sold in Europe since the all-new third-generation model was launched in 2014, and demand has grown significantly year on year; sales doubled from 2014 to 2015, and the total rose again by another 40% the following year.

In FY16 the X-Trail (including Rogue) was the world’s most popular SUV, with 766,000 vehicles sold – more than any other rival model.

The new Nissan X-Trail will be on sale from August 2017.

Source: Nissan

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