The all-new 2014 Nissan X-Trail revealed in Frankfurt this week deviates from the previous generation's design, incorporating styling cues from the Juke, Murano, and Patrol.
Reduced rugged looks
The fifth compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker is currently being assembled in Tennessee, and is the first vehicle to be built on the jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family platform architecture.
The rugged looks have been replaced by premium styling with sculptured muscular lines, boomerang taillights and modern 19-inch alloy wheels. There is mention that the upper-spec models will be equipped with full LED headlights and daytime running lights. In comparison to its predecessor, the 2014 Nissan X-Trail has a 0.6-inch longer wheelbase and is 1.2-inches taller, while the front overhang has been reduced by 1.5 inches.
Premium executive styling
The premium and dynamic appearance is continued into the interior which is blended with chrome, geometric metallic and piano black finishes. And a theatre-style seating arrangement and optional cloth fabric covering plus a full leather offering with contrasting stitch accents. There is also the possibility to order two extra seats for a seven-seat layout.
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail's rear doors open to almost 80 degrees which enable easy access inside the cabin. The middle row seat has been enhanced with additional knee room thanks to the elongated wheelbase. The third row of seats can be folded forward to increase luggage capacity, whereas the middle row can recline and slide.
Technological enhancements include the latest generation NissanConnect in-car navigation, information and entertainment system. Drivers will also benefit from a comprehensive suite of assistance features that make up the X-Trail's Nissan Safety Shield system, and the All-Mode 4x4i system controllable by using a rotary switch installed on the centre console. The driver gets to choose between 2WD, Auto mode or Lock which offers permanent four-wheel drive.
New Nissan X-Trail with Active Ride Control
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail also boasts Active Ride Control which monitors the road surface to detect undulations, and Active Engine Brake that harnesses the power and controllability of the Xtronic transmission to add a degree of engine braking while cornering or when decelerating to a standstill.
Nissan further fitted the new X-Trail with Active Trace Control comprising an on-board sensor monitoring speed, steering angle, throttle opening and braking effort to brake the wheels individually as a method of reducing understeer.
Details about the engine lineup will be disclosed closer to the car's market launch.