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2016 Auto Expo: Nissan X-Trail Hybrid unveiled, launch later in 2016

  • Feb 02, 2016
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What is it: Nissan X-Trail Hybrid
India launch: Later in 2016
Price segment: Rs 30 - Rs. 35 lakh
Main rival: Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V
Engines: 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to an electric motor

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Nissan India has unveiled the X-Trail SUV in India today at the 2016 Auto Expo. The new X-Trail is the first model in the company's portfolio that is based on Renault-Nissan's Common Module Family (CMF) platform. The Datsun Redi-Go and Go-cross compact SUV will also be based on the same platform along with future models in the Nissan-Datsun lineup.

The Nissan X-Trail was the first product when the Japanese car maker started its operation in the country. However, due to dismal of sales figures back in 2014, the car manufacturer discontinued the SUV in India.

The new Nissan X-Trail is longer and wider with an increased wheelbase of 76mm than its predecessor model. The height of the new SUV will remain the same. The X-Trail will feature Nissan's electronic 4WD system with a shift-on-fly. The SUV will be exclusively only available with a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain - a 2.0-litre petrol motor developing 147PS of maximum power and 207Nm of maximum torque paired to an electric motor developing 41PS of maximum power and 160Nm of maximum torque. Power is transferred through a CVT to all the wheels via an intelligent AWD system.

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At the front, the X-Trail features slimmer looking headlamps, attractive chrome finished V-shaped grille, which has been inspired from the Nissan 'V-Motion' grille, LED DRLs and fog lamps. From the sides, the new X-Trail looks similar to the previous generation model, but will come with 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. At the rear, the car looks sporty which has been further enhanced by the C-shaped tail lamps, roof spoiler and a well-sculpted tailgate.

Inside the cabin, the SUV will come with a combination of black, chrome and beige theme and the centre console is finished in piano-black inserts. The Active Ride Control that automatically adjusts the suspension of the vehicle by scanning the road conditions, dual-zone climate control system, 7-inch Nissan Connect infotainment system and a 7-seat layout will be offered in the new X-Trail.

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Safety equipment includes electrically adjustable seats, Active Engine Brake, Active Traction Control and Active Ride Control, LED projector headlamps with daytime running lamps, cruise control, Around View Monitor, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and four airbags.

Nissan is likely to sell the new X-Trail as a CKD unit, which will be locally assembled at the company's plant in India. This can make the new SUV to be priced higher in the segment at around Rs 32 - Rs. 35 lakh, ex-showroom.
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