Beginning what it seems is a wave of new compact crossover SUVs in the Philippines, which was initiated by the all-new Mazda CX-5 and all-new Honda CR-V, has now been joined by the facelifted 2018 Nissan X-Trail, and its highlight is its Intelligent Mobility safety suite.
Intelligent Mobility is Nissan’s suite of high tech safety gear, similar to Honda’s Honda Sensing, Mazda’s i-ACTIVESENSE, and Toyota’s Safety Sense. Finally, Filipinos are starting to appreciate having high tech safety gear in their vehicles that prevent an accident from happening in the first place, or make driving easier and more enjoyable for people. In an increasing number of vehicles in the Philippines now having autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot warning (BSW), rear cross traffic alert (RCA), and lane keeping assist (LKA), at least as an option, it was time for Nissan to release their Intelligent Mobility safety suite to the Filipinos. Additionally, apart from the aforementioned safety features, the 2018 X-Trail comes with 360 degree Around View Monitor, Nissan’s trademark 360 degree bird’s eye view camera that aids drivers in maneuvering their vehicle, and 360 degree Moving Object Detection, which sends an audible and visual warning if there are any moving objects or people surrounding the vehicle. In AWD models, a new AWD system, called 4×4-i, now sends the power to which wheel/s has the most grip, making driving not just enjoyable, but safer as well as the system prevents the X-Trail from skidding.
Exterior-wise, the Nissan X-Trail receives a host of changes. Beggining with Nissan’s new iteration of their V-Motion grille, now dubbed V-Motion 2.0. It is complemented by a new fascia design, including new bi-LED headlights for the 2.5 4×4 variant, with LED daytime running lights standard on all variants. Two-tone 19-inch wheels complete the X-Trails snazzy new, sharp look. The tail lights are now full LEDs, while the rear fascia receives less noticeable changes.
Inside, and the interior has now become more plush. A cheap interior is not one of our complaints in the X-Trail, but a more upmarket interior is always a welcome upgrade. There’s now leather stitched details in the dashboard, leather in the gear shift knob, and a new swath of more soft-touch materials to further elevate the premium vibe in the interior. Ditto to the new 3-spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel. The 7-seat layout is still retained.
More new features for the 2018 X-Trail include a motion activated electronic trunk, which opens with a sway of the foot, a feature which the Ford Escape had first, and then the all-new Honda CR-V. Also, a sunroof is now standard on all variants.
Engine and transmission combos are unchanged. The 2.0 liter petrol engine still produces 144 hp and 200 Nm of torque, while the 2.5 liter petrol engine still produces 171 hp and 233 Nm of torque. XTRONIC CVT is still the only transmission available.
X-Trail 2.0: P1,399,000
X-Trail 2.5: P1,728,000