New Nissan X-Trail: the inside story

14 Apr, 2014 8:30am Jonathan Burn

We get full details on the new UK-spec Nissan X-Trail, which arrives later this year with seven seats and a £25k pricetag

With the Qashqai+2 no longer available in the Nissan line-up, the pressure is on the company’s new seven-seat X-Trail. Auto Express met up with Nissan product manager Marios Alexandrou, who talked us around the first UK-spec car. 

While official pricing for the new Nissan X-Trail won’t be announced until May, the starting point is likely to be just under £25,000, rising to around £30,000. 


Nissan X-Trail interior

Alexandrou told us: “Our main competitors will be the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 [both only available with five seats]. The X-Trail will draw in a lot of different customers – people upgrading from family saloons and downsizing from larger SUVs.” 

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In 2013, Nissan only sold 2,000 X-Trails compared to 10,000 previous-generation Qashqai+2s. “People bought the Qashqai+2 due to the increased space it offered,” said Alexandrou. “Now the X-Trail is even bigger and has two extra seats, which are more practical.”

The success of the Qashqai has clearly influenced the design and development of the X-Trail. It rides on the same CMF platform as its smaller crossover cousin, and measures in at 260mm longer, while also being 100mm longer than the previous +2.


Nissan X-Trail seats

The third row of seats will be optional – and cost around £1,200 – with almost 40 per cent of customers likely to choose them. 

From launch, only a 128bhp 1.6-litre dCi diesel engine, in either 2WD or 4WD form, will be offered in the new X-Trail. Economy figures are claimed to be 57mpg and 53mpg for the two versions respectively. A 160bhp 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol engine will follow next year.

The SUV market looks set to hot-up still further when the new X-Trail arrives. To find out about the top models, check out our run down of the best SUVs and 4x4s to buy now.

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What a shame it looks just as a larger Qashqai!

Very messy exterior design and as for the interior - well, it looks like it was designed 4 years ago and is just as messy.
The next 5 to 10 years, in my opinion, will see interiors become much more refined, simplistic and sophisticated, with far fewer buttons, and far less 'in your face'. This interior will look naff by the end of 2015.

Just wait for the marketing bullsh** from Nissan and I bet you won't have to look far before that often overused and little understood buzzword for the 2010's - 'PREMIUM', makes a few appearances. X-trail has always been competent but never really outstanding at anything. Noisy, unsophisticated, mediocre materials, huge depreciation, uncomfortable on long journeys and you don't see many of them on the road past 6 years old! Customers don't tend to buy another X-Trail, preferring instead to move onto other brands like Honda, Ford or Toyota, or move upmarket to a BMW or Land Rover.

Both the previous generation X-Trails have really not dated well at all, and were totally outclassed in less than a few months after launch, as newer cars entered the market. This 3rd generation model will be the same in my opinion. The Ford Kuga, 2nd generation BMW x3 and even the Land Rover Freelander (at 8 years old STILL looking smart) have all aged very well. X-Trails are mostly driven by grumpy looking old men. Of course, there will always be people - although not many - who will have had 3, never had a problem with them and wouldn't buy anything else - but you have people who say that with ANY car!

Typical AutoExpress, attracts all the negative whingers.

You've written a long message there and it contains very little that makes any sense.

I'd like to describe it in a more succint way, but the words would probably get censored.

New X-Trail looks superb.

That's a positive point in my book.

Kamelo, what a load of rubbish you speak. I have had two X-Trails and to contradict just a few of your points, it is not noisy, its depreciation is actually really low, it's VERY comfortable on long journeys - and your points regarding upmarket Land Rovers... well, I've had one of those Land Rovers, a Freelander before I changed to X-Trail and I think 47 warranty garage visits speaks for itself. Warranty visits for my current X-Trail? 2 in 3 years. X-trail is extremely capable off-road. Have you ever actually been in one?

Thanks Westpier. I think I refer quite succinctly to people similar to yourself in my last paragraph. Thank you for confirming that is the case.

Most people, I'm afraid, who have bought an XTrail in the UK only ever buy 1 and move onto other brands afterwards. That's a statistic, not just merely an opinion.

All the other brands I mentioned, such as Toyota, Honda, Ford, BMW and even Land Rover all have more customers buying another 4x4 of the same brand than change to a competitor. That is another statistic, not merely an opinion.

I know the industry very well and we shall both see how the XTrail fairs in the coming years.

Oh and, yes, I have been in 3 or 4 I think. Not the new one, I will admit.

It's very different from the old one and so are Nissan. It doesn't necessarily follow form. You are so wrong and so full of it. Clueless self proclaimed armchair expert.

Thank you taking the time to comment, Todja - and you are welcome to carry on thinking that.

Perhaps you are assuming that i dont drive a Nissan? You would be right. I have a Porsche and a RRS - many are surprised as usually people slate one over the other, even on this website. However, in my twenties, I did drive cars similar to Nissans, but I haven't been lucky enough to enjoy such a successful career - I assure you TODJA - from being an armchair expert or, indeed, clueless.

As I said above, we can all observe how well (or otherwise) the Xtrail fairs in the future.

But thank you for your comment nonetheless.

OK, I hear your lies.
But whether you drive a porker or as I suspect you drive a 15 year old Peugeot 207, that had no relevance on facts.

Facts like the Qashqai is consistently in the top 10 selling cars in the UK and even the Juke is a strong seller. I would bet that the people who are paid to run Nissan know a lot more about the business than your clueless self.

I get also that you are not keen on Nissans and you have delusions of grandeur and an inflated sense of self-importance.

By the way, in my dreams I drive a Veyron, a Mclaren P1 and of course a Nissan GT-R.
Well maybe not, but at least I don't pitch I'm with a load of negative whiney

I am more than happy for people to disagree with my comments, but when we start with the offensive digs to my persona, then that is where all fairness ends.

To accuse me of being a liar without ever meeting me, then I would suggest that is more a reflection of you as a person than it is of me.

However, I will put the offensive comments directly at me personally to one side, and respond to your comments about the other Nissan models.

In fact, 'bored now', I never mentioned the Qashqui model in any of my postings here, so I am little unsure why you include them? I very much think if you need a car for the weekly Sainsbury shop, or take the kids to school, or even take the family up to Scotland for the weekend during Easter, then the Qashqai is perfect. And many families fit under that umbrella. But it is not a 4x4, it is a crossover.

My post was about the Xtrail, which is not a crossover, it is a 4x4. Nissan have had far less success with their 4x4s, for numerous reasons. Nothing I have seen so far suggests this new model will be any different,.

But we can all observe how things pan out for the new car over the coming years.

But let's not get personally offensive, that is not what Autoexpress's website is for.

I am more than happy for people to disagree with my comments, but when we start with the offensive digs to my persona, then that is where all fairness ends.

To accuse me of being a liar without ever meeting me, then I would suggest that is more a reflection of you than it is of me.

However, I will put the offensive comments directly at me to one side, and respond to your comments about the other Nissan models.

In fact, 'bored now', I never mentioned the Qashqai or Juke models in any of my postings here, so I am little unsure why you include them. I very much think if you need a car for the weekly Sainsbury shop, or take the kids to school, or even take the family up to Scotland for the weekend during Easter, then the Qashqai is perfect. And many families fit under that umbrella. But it is not a 4x4, it is a crossover.

My post was about the Xtrail, which is not a crossover, it is a 4x4. Nissan have had far less success with their 4x4s, for numerous reasons. You are welcome to offer evidence to the contrary, of course.

The previous generation X-Trails dated very quickly, were seen as competent rather than than particularly excellent at anything, and I believe Nissan make much better cars at the £12K -£20K price bracket than £30k or more. Nothing I have seen so far suggests this new model will be any different.

But we can all observe how things pan out for the new car over the coming years.

But let's not get personally offensive, that is not what Autoexpress's website is for.

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