Nissan is expecting to double sales of the third-generation X-Trail in Europe and Russia to 80,000 units after endowing it with a less rugged design and a front-wheel-drive option. Timothee Fondeur, the X-Trail's project manager for Europe, told Automotive News Europe that the carmaker is confident of doubling sales of the X-Trail in Europe and Russia.
Nissan will start sales of the SUV in July. To boost sales of the X-Trail in Europe, Nissan did not seek a replacement for a seven-seat variant of its Qashqai crossover, which means that the SUV is now the brand’s only SUV with optional seven seats.
Nissan also introduced a front-wheel-drive variant, which it expects to account for half of the sales in Europe. The carmaker plans to sell in all western Europe countries the third-generation X-Trail powered by a 130hp 1.6-liter diesel engine emitting around 20 percent less carbon dioxide than the previous 2.0-liter diesel engine.
Nissan will sell in Russia an X-Trail with a specific gasoline engine lineup. Nissan sees Russia to be largest European market for the new X-Trail, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France.
The X-Trail -- based on Renault-Nissan's new Common Module Family (CMF) architecture – measures 4643mm long, which means the SUV is 17mm longer than the current model. It also boasts of 76mm longer wheelbase and is 30mm wider and 5mm lower.
The ground clearance remains the same at 210mm. Nissan will build the for-Europe X-Trails in Japan and produce the for-Russia models locally. Nissan is expects global sales of around 500,000 units of the X-Trail next year, up from 93,500 in 2013. It is being sold in the US under the Rogue name.