What is it?
The UK debut of Nissan’s halo crossover. Anyone who remembers the Nissan X-Trail as a bug-eyed box of angles released post-millennium can now put those memories to rest; the third generation marks the model’s transition from niche soft-roader to mainstream range topper.
Its metamorphosis is doubly important because the new car doesn’t just replace the previous Nissan X-Trail, but also the seven-seat edition of the Nissan Qashqai - Nissan’s formidably popular profit maker.
The walk-up from its smaller predecessor is around £1750 so the company is selling the X-Trail as an upgrade not just in size or versatility, but also status.
A fresh look best embodies that thrust – the car is a proper shoulder barge of SUV chunkiness in the flesh. Seven seats doesn’t seem inconceivable (we’ve tested the five-seater here) although you’ll pay £700 for the option. Likewise, the X-Trail now starts life as a front-wheel-drive model – 4WD is an additional £1700.
There’s also now a proper entry-level option – the Visia – with the same 128bhp 1.6-litre dCi engine that features across the line-up. It costs just £22,995.
However, given the Qashqai’s popularity beneath and the X-Trail’s new positioning, Nissan expects the upper-middle n-Tec spec to get most of the attention.
That’ll set you back £27,295 in standard format, and includes a DAB tuner, power tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and start.