As promised by Nissan during its press conference about its plans in the coming years, the all-new Nissan X-Trail (also known as the Rogue in North America) has finally been unveiled. America’s third best-selling compact crossover SUV has been given an edgier face, along with numerous technology and luxury improvements.
Part of Nissan’s next-generation plans for its entire line-up is to inject a bit of flair and passion to its cars’ designs, and the all-new X-Trail is no exception. Ditching the previous model’s very conservative styling is an all-new design that’s edgier and sporty. Up front, the all-new X-Trail features a large double V-Motion grille flanked by split LED headlights. There’s also a floating roof design thanks to the blacked-out windshield pillars. Higher variants can take advantage of its aesthetic benefits by opting for a black roof option.
Nissan gave the X-Trail a substantial interior upgrade. There are loads more soft-touch plastics, stitching details, and even an available semi-aniline leather upholstery with diamond quilting on the Platinum variant. Replacing the traditional mechanical gear lever is a smaller electronic gear shifter. As standard, the X-Trail is equipped with an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system and a 7-inch multi-information display. Higher variants get a bigger 9-inch touch screen infotainment system, 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, 10-speaker Bose sound system, and a large 10.8-inch head-up display.
Bucking the trend of most new cars nowadays, the all-new Nissan X-Trail is actually slightly shorter than its predecessor. Despite this, interior space for the second row has increased by 0.6 inches for the legroom and 0.7 inches for the headroom. However, because of its shorter dimensions, the X-Trail’s optional third-row seat has been discontinued, which was not a popular option in the North American market anyway.
Under the hood of the all-new Nissan X-Trail is a new 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 petrol engine that now features direct-injection. As a result, it now produces 181 hp and 245 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front or (optionally) all four wheels via a CVT.
To make the Nissan X-Trail more fun to drive than its predecessor, the electric power steering has been quickened and the multilink rear suspension has also been updated.
As expected, the all-new Nissan X-Trail comes with Nissan Intelligent Mobility–a host of advanced safety and convenience features that includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and the latest version of Nissan’s ProPilot Assist. Nissan’s version of a full-speed adaptive cruise control comes with an updated longer-range radar and wider field-of-view camera. It can also detect pedestrians and has a lane-following assist function.
The Nissan Rogue (X-Trail) will go on sale in the US this fall with pricing and other details to be released closer to its release date.