The new X-Trail gets an upgrade, and is now packed with even more safety features

It’s the new 2018 Nissan X-Trail. And by new, we mean it has been given a facelift – though there aren’t too many changes. All set for a Q4 launch in Singapore, Nissan’s popular X-Trail sport utility vehicle (SUV) gets an improvement in some areas – very similar to the upcoming Qashqai’s revamp.

For one, the car has a more focused front end, with a much sharper styling all round, and the ‘V-motion’ grille – a feature Nissan has chosen to adopt from its existing models – is now made wider for a more impactful appearance.

According to Nissan, the new X-Trail will feature the ‘boomerang’ daytime running light signature and adaptive front lighting system too. The biggest upgrade to the X-Trail’s exterior however, is the addition of a chrome moulding stretched across the base of the front two doors.

Under the hood, you’ll find no changes – with the existing 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that produces 144hp and 200Nm of torque, paired with a CVT – which should provide a similar driving experience to existing X-Trail owners. At this point, the current X-Trail is priced at S$132,800 with COE and we expect the facelifted model to be similarly priced when it launches in Q4.

But we think the seven-seater will win over most fans especially in the interior design department. Step into the cockpit of the new X-Trail and the driver will be greeted with a sportier ‘D-shaped’ steering wheel (which comes flat-bottomed). To further complement the iconic front grille, the central spoke on the dashboard comes with a fine detailing of premium satin silver all around.

But it isn’t just the driver that gets the better treatment here – soft-leather hand stitching that runs along the sides of the cabin will allow other members of the family to witness quality ambience when onboard. Like the existing model, the X-Trail has a trunk worth 135 litres, and 445 litres when the third-row rear seats are folded down.

Similar to the Qashqai’s upgrades, Nissan has heavily implemented the new Intelligent Mobility Technologies into the new X-Trail. This includes features such as the Intelligent Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

While safety features have been put on the pedestal in recent years (which many take for granted), it has been a smart move on Nissan’s part to incorporate these safety features while staying true to the elements that make the X-Trail the perfect family car.


Author: TopGear
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