New Nissan X-Trail runs electrically but drinks petrol

In fact, the new Nissan X-Trail showed its nose for the first time in 2020, but as a Rogue. This is the name under which the X-Trail is sold in the US. It’s on the same CMF-C platform as the new Nissan Qashqai, but the wheelbase and overall length are slightly stretched. This made room for a third row of seats, which is not standard. In the five-person configuration, the X-Trail offers 585 liters of luggage space. That’s around 80 to 100 liters more than the various versions of the Qashqai.

Externally, you can recognize the X-Trail by its somewhat more elongated appearance and a wider C-pillar with a sharp bend. The rear window is less inclined than on the Nissan Qashqai. The rear clearly has a different signature, with light units that sit directly against the rear window.

Nissan X-Trail only as e-Power

Unlike the Nissan Qashqai, the X-Trail will be sold here exclusively as e-Power, or in two variants. Both are more powerful than the 190 hp Qashqai e-Power. As front-wheel drive, the X-Trail is available with an electric motor that produces 203 hp and 330 Nm. If desired, it can take you from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds. Its top speed is 170 km/h. The four-wheel drive X-Trail e-4ORCE produces 213 hp. With seven seats, the most powerful X-Trail completes the 100th sprint in 7.2 seconds, the five-seater eats 0.2 seconds away. Both reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h.

Electric drive, still fill up with gas

For those who didn’t know yet: the e-Power drivetrain is a little strange. In addition to the electric motor driving the wheels, it also includes a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine with variable compression ratio. But the 1.5 only acts as a kind of generator to charge the battery pack. The X-Trail therefore never needs to be charged, making the car the ideal alternative for people who are not yet ready for a fully electric car, such as the Nissan Arriya. According to the manufacturer himself. Furthermore, Nissan is very happy with the e-Pedal Step, which ensures that the car brakes the engine strongly to a walking speed. To come to a complete stop, you still need to use the brake pedal. Handy if you’re swapping Holland’s wild nature for the urban jungle…

Disadvantages Nissan e-Power

The e-Power drivetrain also has drawbacks. He is not entitled to exemption from purchase tax, bpm and road tax. There is also no reduced additional rate for the Nissan X-Trail. It is also not very economical. With front-wheel drive, he averages 5.8 l/100 km (1 in 17.2), the four-wheel drive top version is even thirstier: 6.3 l/100 km (1 in 15.9). Just to get power to the batteries…

High quality interior Nissan X-Trail

Tastes differ, but we think the interior of the Nissan X-Trail is very successful. The design is delicious without being boring and some beautiful, soft materials have been used. The multimedia screen has a diameter of 12.3 inches, with thankfully enough space below for physical buttons to operate the climate control and heated seats. An improved McPherson front suspension and the beautiful multi-link rear axle should ensure improved suspension comfort.

When will the new X-Trail be available?

The new Nissan X-Trail is of course available with countless safety assistants that keep you between the lines and prevent collisions. The improved driver assistance system ProPILOT Assist with Navi link can also adjust the car’s speed using traffic signs and navigation data as input – for example when approaching a sharp bend. In addition, ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link now communicates with the X-Trail’s blind spot system and assists with a steering intervention to avoid a collision when changing lanes. The new Nissan X-Trail will be available in the Netherlands in November 2022. Prices will also be announced at that time.

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