The new Nissan X-Trail goes on sale in the UK in May
Prices for the new X-Trail are expected to start at £25,000
A top-spec model should cost just over £30,000
Engines available on the new X-Trail include the same 1.6-litre turbodiesel as used on the new Qashqai
A 1.6-litre DIG-T engine from the new Juke Nismo will also be offered after launch
Nissan says 45 per cent of X-Trail buyers will choose a front-wheel drive variant
The firm's V-shaped grille design, its current corporate hallmark, features on the new X-Trail
Nissan is trying to tempt current Qashqai+2 owners into the new X-Trail
New X-Trail's cabin will be familiar to new Qashqai owners
Parts of the X-Trail's cabin have been lifted from elsewhere in the Nissan range
Just ten per cent of buyers will opt for Nissan's X-Tronic CVT transmission
Both five and seven-seat variants of the new car will be offered
Five-seat X-Trail models gain additional under-floor storage
Seven-seat X-Trail variants will have broadly the same boot space available
The X-Trail is around 100mm longer than the Qashqai+2, meaning there should be more space inside
The all-new Nissan X-Trail will cost less than £25,000 when it goes on sale in May, while range-topping models will cost just over £30,000. Three chassis configurations will be offered, along with five- and seven-seat options.
The X-Trail will initially be offered with the same 1.6-litre turbodiesel as fitted to the new Qashqai, which develops 130bhp. The 1.6-litre DIG-T from the Juke Nismo will be offered after launch, but for this application power output will be reduced from 200bhp to 160bhp in an effort to increase economy.
Nissan says around 45 per cent of buyers will choose a front-drive variant, with a similar number opting for four-wheel-drive models. Around 10 per cent of models will be fitted with Nissan’s X-Tronic CVT transmission driving the front wheels.
In front-wheel-drive guise, emissions are rated at 129g/km, rising to 135g/km and 139g/km for X-Tronic and four-wheel drive models. Fuel economy is said to be around 57, 55 and 53mpg respectively.
The sleeker styling is a direct effort to attract current Qashqai+2 owners, a model that is no longer offered. Although around 100mm longer, prices are expected to climb slightly for comparable engines. No prices have been confirmed for the seven-seat option, but an insider said prices would compete with the £1200 option in the Hyundai Santa Fe range.
Both five- and seven-seat variants will have broadly the same bootspace, although five seaters will gain additional under-floor storage. The rear doors open to 80 degrees and the rear seats recline and slide, boasting best-in-class rear legroom.
Although the full range has yet to be confirmed, a source said the range will closely mirror that of the Qashqai. Higher spec models, like the Tekna trim pictured here, will feature 19in alloy wheels, electric leather seats, a full-length, part-sliding sunroof and a powered tailgate.
Nissan confirmed that despite sharing the Qashqai’s platform, the X-Trail will not be built in Sunderland. The plant is running at near capacity, and the forthcoming Infiniti Q30 hatchback will increase plant output further.
The X-Trail is already on sale in North American markets, badged as Rogue. That model features a 170bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to Nissan’s X-Tronic transmission. Nissan has confirmed that engine will not be offered in European models, though.