Nissan has unveiled the facelifted 2017 X-Trail earlier this month. The timely upgrade gave the X-trail an enhanced front end, self-driving tech and a revised interior. In-house tuner Nismo (abbreviated from Nissan Motorsport International Limited) will now give the X-trail a sportier look with a newly issued Nismo Performance Package. However, the downside of this package is that it only offers aesthetic upgrades and does not feature mechanical improvements for the SUV.
This is not what we expected when Nissan revealed that they would be producing more Nismo models, but we can deal with another body kit produced for Rogue, or as they name it in Japan and Europe, the X-trail. This package will be exclusively released for Japan consumers so far. As an expected Nismo product, the body is finished in white paired with the black and red details for contrast like the front and back diffusers and the side skirts. T
he radiator grille is now enclosed by gloss back panels and bolder bumper up front. Moreover, there's a brand new lower bumper spoiler spotted at the back with integrated parking sensors and dual chrome exhaust pipes. A bundle of exclusive 2 tone wheels and chrome handle contributes to the more dynamic look. It can be observed that inside the cabin, there are no hyped changes, the flat-bottom steering wheel is included in the latest addition for the SUV but no sports seats or pedals are offered with the package which is kind of disappointing.
However, the range-topping trims for the standard SUV look more impressive with the leather seats. The custom parts are not included in a specific trim level but are instead sold separately in the tradition of Japanese tuning. For example, the stainless steel exhaust system will cost around 40,000 Yen ($360), the LMX 6S alloy wheels bear the 48,000 Yen price tag ($435), 30mm lower suspension can cost 100,000 Yen ($910) and the skirts and spoilers will require you to pay around 238,000 Yen ($2,155).
The regular X-Trail SUV will be offered with 3 various engines: a 1.6 L diesel that can belt out 130hp (97 kW), 2.0 L diesel that can produce around 177hp (132 kW) and a 1.6 L turbo gasoline motor with 163 hP (123 kW). Not only that, a 6-speed manual and CVT are also offered as well as an AWD system or front-wheel drive.
While the Nismo Performance Package can only offer aesthetic upgrade, the Japanese automaker's performance division is planning to provide an even larger array of vehicles that include more than just performance vehicles. The Nismo Performance Package is only the beginning of good things to come from the Japanese automaker. The updated X-trail can be ordered in the Land of the Rising Sun, and it can be yours for 2,197,800 yen ($20,075 in current exchange rates) for the entry-level 20S grade.