New 2022 Nissan X-Trail revealed in leaked images
Nissan’s mid-size SUV set to debut first in international markets with ‘Rogue’ badging, and leaked brochure gives us our best look yet
Images of the new Nissan X-Trail have leaked online. The images reveal that the brand’s VW Tiguan Allspace rival looks set to take a significant step up in perceived quality when the new car makes its debut in 2022.
The car in the leaked images, which appeared on the cars_secrets Instagram account, are badged Rogue - the name for the X-Trail in North America and other worldwide markets. They’re taken from an official brochure, and also give us some information about the car’s tech.
The exterior pictures confirm the car’s look previously shown in patent sketches; the front end gets a grille and lighting treatment that bears a resemblance to the smaller Juke. The SUV’s flanks get stronger, more angular shoulders than the current model, while around the back, the overall shape of the lights and boot lid have a clear link to the old car, though the details look fresher and more angular than before.
The biggest leap forward for the X-Trail appears to be reserved for the interior, which looks set to be thoroughly modernised in terms of both design and tech. Like the Juke, the next X-Trail will move its infotainment touchscreen - now measuring up to nine inches - onto the top of the dash as a ‘floating’ unit. This display is complemented by a digital instrument panel, which features a choice of different graphical readouts for the driving information. Wireless Apple CarPlay is also set to feature.
The dash itself sits above a centre console that’s both taller and wider than in the old car. It features a smaller automatic gear selector, suggesting that the next model will switch to a more modern ‘shit-by-wire’ system.
Like the upcoming third-generation Qashqai, the X-Trail will be based on an updated version of Nissan’s CMF underpinnings. That means a new generation of hybrid powertrain could be made available: one using Nissan’s innovative ePower system. This a series hybrid system that uses a petrol engine working as a generator to charge the battery pack, which then powers an electric motor.
Nissan has access to use the plug-in hybrid setup used in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as part of its membership of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, but engineers and executives have recently distanced the firm from using plug-in hybrid tech, preferring to leap straight to full-electric power when possible.
Nissan also recently confirmed that production of the new Nissan X-Trail will move from Sunderland to the company’s main production facility in Kyushu, Japan. The company cited production optimisation, Brexit uncertainty and “changing emissions regulations” as motivators for the upheaval.
However, Nissan recently invested £400 million at its Sunderland facility, in preparation for production of the third-generation Qashqai later this year. The factory will continue to produce both the Qashqai and the Juke, supporting around 7,000 jobs.
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