Nissan revealed a longer and roomier X-Trail at Geneva, though if it hadn't been for the fanfare of the launch, we would never have guessed - it looks like a subtle facelift of the old X-Trail.
Refreshed from the ground up, the new X-Trail uses a variant of Nissan-Renault’s C-platform, also the basis for the Qashqai soft-roader. Nissan wants the X-Trail to take the fight to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
The X-Trail was designed in Japan by the same team behind the Pathfinder, though with some of the squarer edges softened slightly.
“We have kept the family feel and modernised and updated the overall feeling of the styling,” said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s global design chief. It can't have taken them long.
Engines will be new, too, featuring 140bhp 2.0 and 160bhp 2.5-litre petrols and a choice of 2.0-litre Renault diesels, one with 150bhp and another with 173bhp.
Transmissions will be a choice between a six-speed manual and CVT automatic, or a six-speed auto for the 173bhp diesel.