by Tony West
Nissan’s refines their best-selling X-Trail crossover with technology ideal for adventure off the beaten path. The 2017/2018 Nissan X-Trail design now boasts LED lighting, gloss black chrome accents and stylish 17, 18-inch alloy, and 19 inch wheel options. Three engine grades are offered including a diesel and a 1.6 liter petrol engine with 160 horsepower.
New design cues for the 2018 Nissan X-Trail and new technologies like ProPilot autonomous driving, an electronic lift gate and Intelligent Around view Monitor set the popular crossover ahead of its competitors.
The Nissan X-Trail is available as a 5 or 7 passenger SUV in Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Teckna grades with ideal comfort for all passengers. The stylish big-body features a revamped V-Motion grille with a gloss black finish, chrome trim on the rear bumper and side molding, and LED headlamps and tail lamps. Boomerang style daytime running lights are also redesigned.
Models with full LED lighting have dipped beams and now feature Adaptive Front Lighting, which bends the corner with the vehicle on dark roads, and will auto dim for approaching cars. And the new style has front parking sensors flushed into the bumper. Full LED tech is also available in the rear.
Along with the eight carryover colors, the new X-Trail offers 4 new shades – Monarch Orange, Palatial Ruby, Sapphire Blue and Picador Brown. A panoramic sunroof is also available.
Quilted leather upholstery is standard on the Tekna grade in tan or two-tone black. And a new leather knee pad on both sides of the center console is all new. Heated seats, leather shifter and sliding/reclining 2nd row seats are also available. The redesigned D-shaped steering wheel allows for more leg and hip room, plus has satin silver accents.
A Bose 8-speaker sound system is standard on the Tekna grade and features two 6.4 inch woofers in each front door and a 5 inch mid-range speaker in each rear door.
The 5-passenger X-Trail boasts 19.9 cu.ft. of total cargo space with all seats upright. And the 7-passenger offers 15.7 cu.ft. Total cargo space with both rows folded can top 70 cu.ft.
The range of engine options for the X-Trail start with a 1.6 liter diesel engine with 138 horsepower matched to a 6-speed manual transmission. A 2.0 liter diesel engine is offered with 174 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission. For the US, a 1.6 liter V6 engine is available matched to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility encompasses new safety and advanced driving technology with the goal of making drivers feel more confident and connected. ProPilot is one of the bundle’s most ground-braking features that can control the steering, acceleration and braking with Lake Keeping Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Traffic Jam Pilot safety features. Even more convenient is its access button on the steering wheel.
Other safety tech included in the Intelligent Mobility bundle includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Stand Still Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition. Four-wheel drive is available for each engine.
The 2018 Nissan X-Trail is on sale now for $27,990 for the base 2WD and $47,790 for the top-of-the-line four-wheel drive model.