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New Nissan X-Trail to be only offered with a hybrid powertrain

  • Jan 06, 2016
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[caption id="attachment_89849" align="alignnone" width="1200"]X-Trail Hybrid official image Nissan X-Trail Hybrid official image[/caption]

Nissan's X-Trail SUV, which was discontinued in February 2014, is expected to make a comeback to Indian showrooms. The SUV is expected to be displayed at the upcoming Auto Expo in February followed by a launch later in 2016. The mayhem in the National Capital over vehicles with diesel engines, especially with larger displacements, has forced Nissan to rethink their engine choice for the new X-Trail in India.

When the X-Trail was on sale in India, it came with a 2.0-litre diesel engine. This time around, the powertrain is expected to be the MR20DD hybrid engine, which packs a 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled with an electric motor. The total power output, with the electric motor and the engine running simultaneously, stands at 188 PS, while combined torque rating is 367 Nm. The engine alone is good for 147 PS of power and 207 Nm of torque. The electric motor can generate 41 PS of power and 160 Nm of torque. According to Nissan, this engine delivers better performance as well as fuel efficiency than the 2.5-litre petrol engine. The MR20DD-powered hybrid X-Trail has been on sale in Japan since May 2015. The powerful engine is also a judicious sipper capable of covering 20.6 kilometres for every litre of petrol used.

[caption id="attachment_89850" align="alignnone" width="1139"]Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Nissan X-Trail Hybrid[/caption]

Choosing the hybrid path will also relieve Nissan and the X-Trail buyers from the odd-even formula as hybrid, electric and CNG-powered vehicles are exempted from this rule. The SUV is expected to be imported as CBU, but being a hybrid vehicle, it'll definitely be eligible for lower import duties and taxes.

Nissan says that because of the compact nature of lithium-ion batteries, the boot space has remained unaffected at 400 litres. These batteries also charge and discharge quickly making them appropriate for extracting maximum power and bringing down the time taken to recharge. As with most hybrid vehicles, the batteries are charged using regenerative braking.

[caption id="attachment_89851" align="alignnone" width="576"]Nissan X-Trail Hybrid interiors Nissan X-Trail Hybrid interiors[/caption]

The hybrid variant of X-Trail provides better aerodynamic performance with minimal under-body turbulence and also gets low-rolling resistance tyres. The car's console houses gauges to stay on top of battery's health and charge status. On the safety front, the X-Trail in Japan comes with Forward Emergency Braking as a standard feature, though it may or may not be offered in India. The X-Trail is offered in three variants with all-wheel drive and only the base variant can be had with two-wheel drive.

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