NISSAN Phils. Inc. (NPI) at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) launched the all-new Nissan X-Trail, the brand’s contender in the compact SUV segment. The latest model was displayed alongside other Nissan vehicles.
NPI said the new X-Trail has been successful in key markets like the US, Japan, China and Australia. First seen in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is set to launch in 190 countries.
The new X-Trail’s introduction in the Philippines is one of the first in Asean, according to NPI.
It noted that the model’s forerunners were introduced locally in 2003 and in 2008. NPI said the all-new, third-generation X-Trail will land in Nissan showrooms in November.
“We are proud to launch the all-new X-Trail at PIMS because it is a model highly anticipated by Filipino fans,” said NPI President and Managing Director Antonio Zara. “It’s sleek, stylish, comfortable and loaded with a lot of new features that show Nissan’s brand of innovation.”
NPI said that from its boxy predecessor, the all-new X-Trail now has a more modern crossover appearance, with a “V-motion” front grille complemented by LED daytime running lights and boomerang-shaped tail lamps. These make the model the most stylish X-Trail yet.
It is built and assembled at Nissan’s plant in Kyushu, Japan.
The all-new X-Trail is fit for on-road as well as off-road driving, thanks to a ground clearance of 210 millimeters—offering more versatility than its competitors, according to NPI. The company added this creates a “good balance between performance and value for money.”
The latest X-Trail also has a bigger cabin with a more functional layout, luxurious panels, brushed metallic accents and soft-touch surfaces. The vehicle’s 4×4 variant comes with multifunction switches in the steering wheel, as well as audio, cruise and hands-free phone connectivity functions.
The model’s audio system also has an enhanced five-inch LCD monitor for the CD/Tuner/MP3/aux/USB and Bluetooth. The second-row seats split 40/20/40, slide and have adjustable headrests, a center armrest and walk-in function. The third-row seats can fold 50/50.
There are two gasoline engines available in the all-new X-Trail, both of which are powerful but fuel-efficient, NPI said. First is Nissan’s MR20DD 2.0-liter, inline-four, DOHC, 16-valve engine that makes 142hp and 200Nm—which powers the X-Trail 4×2. The other is the QR25DE 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine that produces 169hp and 233Nm. It is fitted to the X-Trail 4×4.
Both engines are mated to Nissan’s latest XTronic automatic transmission.
NPI said the new X-Trail also incorporates world-first features such as Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake.
The Active Ride Control system continuously monitors the road surface and alters suspension damping to control the vehicle’s pitch, managing body roll during high-speed cornering. Active Engine Brake assists in speed adjustments to ensure a smooth turn when stepping on the brake pedal. Other features of the all-new X-Trail include Around View Monitor (for the 4×4 variant) and hill-start assist.
When it reaches showrooms, the all-new X-Trail will be available in Pearl White, Diamond Black, Brilliant Silver and Fiery Red colors, as well as in a special Copper Blaze paint available for the 4×4 variant. NPI sets prices at P1.375 million for the 2.0-liter 4×2 and P1.580 million for the 2.5-liter 4×4.
NPI said it is now accepting reservations.
It added it is offering until October 31 introductory prices of P1.350 million for the 2.0-liter 4×2 and P1.550 million for the 2.5-liter 4×4—the same prices for the outgoing second-generation X-Trail.