2022 Nissan X Trail The next-generation Nissan X-Trail has been unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. The massive SUV will go on sale in Europe early next year and will be powered by Nissan’s e-Power hybrid powertrain since launch.
- Available with the e-Power hybrid powertrain from launch
- Will feature bold style and more technology
- Set to arrive in the UK in 2022
Nissan gave its biggest SUV a bold new look and bolder with angular styling partly inspired by the latest Juke and Qashqai. There’s a narrow headlight unit with daytime running lights for the first time, along with a new V-Motion grille.
Around the back, it’s a bit more like the current model but the taillights take on a shallower, more angular shape and the rear looks boxier than the X-Trail you can buy right now. The bumper gets large silver inserts and there’s a contrasting roof.
Nissan says the four-wheel-drive version will give the new X-Trail “rugged versatility”, thanks to its improved off-road capabilities. It will be configurable for terrains such as snow and gravel, making it an easier car to control in difficult conditions.
The new generation Nissan X-Trail has been revealed, which will be offered with the same slick hybrid system as the latest Nissan Qashqai. Read on for full details.
- New Nissan X-Trail revealed
- More angular and square style than ever
- The electric motor is driven by a petrol engine
- All-wheel-drive version on the card
- Will be offered seven seats
- Could arrive in England later this year
This is the latest version of the Nissan X-Trail which was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show. It will be the largest Nissan SUV you can buy in the UK and is an alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq, Seat Tarraco, and Peugeot 5008 when it goes on sale next year.
Like the new Nissan Qashqai, it also comes with a smart new hybrid drive system.
2022 Nissan X Trail Preview
The next generation of the mid-sized Nissan X-Trail won’t be here this year. CarExpert understands that it will launch locally in 2022.
That means the next-generation Nissan Qashqai will beat it to market, with the small SUV expected to arrive in the second half of the year.
This is despite the fact that we’ve already seen the Nissan X-Trail fully revealed in the Rogue guise in North America, where it went on sale last October, while the Qashqai hasn’t shed its camouflage yet.
The X-Trail could also be beaten to the Australian market by the Mitsubishi Outlander, one of its internal rivals in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Outlander is expected to move to the X-Trail platform and debut locally in September or October.
Details of the local X-Trail line-up haven’t been revealed, though we expect the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the current car to carry like the one on the North American Rogue.
Overseas reports have indicated the X-Trail, in the Japanese market at least, will offer a choice of three electric powertrains but may no longer offer a diesel.
It consists of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid system from the Outlander PHEV, as well as the 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid offered in current cars in markets such as Japan.
It will also be the first generation X-Trail to use Nissan’s e-Power system, where a small gasoline engine is used as a generator to charge the battery and an electric motor delivers power directly to the wheels.
We expect at least one of those powertrains to be available here, with Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester previously indicating his desire to have a third of the range electrified by 2022 and telling CarExpert that “the market is ready” for more electrified vehicles.
The X-Trail is unlikely to be very different from the North American Rogue, as the two models are lined up against the 2014 generation.
That’s good news as the new Rogue packs a significantly upgraded and more modern interior featuring a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and is available with a 10.8-inch color heads-up display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Apple CarPlay wireless is included, with wireless phone charging at the base of the center console.
Nissan will offer the full range of ProPilot active safety assistance, including adaptive cruise control with steering assist features supported by the navigation system. When navigation tells the car it’s approaching a corner, cruise control may slow down first.
Expect to see all the necessary safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, lane guard assistance, rear traffic warning, and reverse autonomous emergency braking, along with AEB packed pedestrian and cyclist detection.
The new Rogue looks bigger and more mature than the current car but is 38mm shorter than before and has a 5mm lower roofline.
Despite being shorter, the X-Trail is still expected to offer third-row seating although don’t expect to see that available in a plug-in hybrid model due to packaging restrictions.
The new X-Trail has been on sale in North America since last October, which means we’re seeing a delay of more than 12 months.
Unfortunately, that’s become the standard for Australia these days, with North American buyers getting their hands on the latest generation Subaru Outback and Toyota Kluger about 12 months before us.
Although the current X-Trail has been around since 2014, sales are still going strong.
Last year, it was the fourth best-selling midsize SUV, surpassed only by the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson.
2022 Nissan X Trail Design
The new Nissan X-Trail gets a complete design overhaul that sees it take on boxier, more angular styling than ever before.
A large grille with chrome trim is flanked by split LED headlights in a claw-like shape, while the roofline is flatter than the previous model.
On the back, you’ll see a large silver skid plate – even if it’s only plastic, so don’t expect it to provide much protection if you’re traveling off-road…
2022 Nissan X Trail Interior
The new Nissan X-Trail follows a design similar to the inside of the Qashqai, with a 12.3-inch digital driver’s screen planted right in front of you and a 10.8-inch central infotainment system on the dashboard.
Unlike in Qashqai, the new X-Trail will come with a choice of seven seats, although other additional details are quite rare at this point.
Thanks to the CMF-C platform, which shares with the brand’s latest Qashqai and is designed specifically to house the e-Power hybrid powertrain, the new X-Trail will be available with third-row seats, offering the seven-seat capability for those with large families.
The cabin will feature more advanced kits, including the introduction of more driver assistance systems to ensure the X-Trail is one of the leaders in its class when it comes to safety.
Judging by the US-spec Rogue, which launched earlier this year, we expect the new X-Trail to come with a touchscreen and a large nine-inch digital display, plus a heads-up display.
We expect the seven-seater X-Trail to come with lots of high-tech features, like the Nissan ProPilot driver assistance system.
Combining adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go functionality, and lane-keeping assist, the car will essentially be able to drive itself in some situations. It now uses satellite navigation data to adjust speed pre-emptively too.
In terms of connectivity, the next-generation Nissan X-Trail is likely to come with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay as standard and a smartphone charging plate. The heads-up display is a new feature for the Rogue, though not confirmed for British cars.
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2022 Nissan X Trail Hybrid
Much like the new Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan X-Trail will sport a new ‘ePower’ hybrid engine setup that sees an electric motor drive the front wheels, with the payload coming directly from the gasoline engine working as an onboard generator.
Exact numbers for the X-Trail haven’t been detailed yet, although this setup in the Qashqai uses a 1.5-liter petrol engine to charge the small onboard battery, which in turn powers the 188hp electric motor.
An all-wheel-drive version of the Nissan X-Trail has also been confirmed, although more details about the new car’s engine options have yet to be revealed.
2022 Nissan X Trail ePower
The next-generation Nissan X-Trail will be offered with the innovative new ePower powertrain technology when it arrives in Europe in the summer of 2022.
Shown in full for the first time in Shanghai, the brand’s biggest SUV has once again shared much of its exterior and interior design with the US market Rogue, which has been followed to the latest versions of the Renault – Nissan – CMF Mitsubishi Alliance -C crossover platform – as used by Qashqai. .
The ePower system differs from conventional hybrid powertrains in that it features a gasoline engine but is used exclusively to charge the battery, which in turn drives an electric motor connected to the front axle.
In the Qashqai, the setup consists of a 1.5-liter petrol engine mated to a front-mounted electric motor for a total output of 188bhp and offers the same one-pedal ‘e-Pedal’ operational capability as the all-electric Leaf.
An identical system is likely to be featured on the X-Trail, offering increased efficiency and lower emissions than the lineup of pure petrol and diesel engines used by cars today.
The fourth-generation car will remain optionally available with seven seats, but is said to “remain compact enough for easy parking maneuvers”.
For the Qashqai, the latest generation slightly larger than the CMF-C architecture brings a new front suspension and a more responsive steering set-up to improve dynamic behavior, and it’s likely that the X-Trail will follow suit.
Nissan has confirmed a four-wheel-drive variant will be offered, equipped with different settings for driving in snow, mud, and gravel.
Dimensions and technical details haven’t been revealed yet, but the new Rogue is 38mm shorter and 5mm lower than its predecessor, so expect similar changes for the X-Trail, alongside a series of new aero-focused designs cues.
There’s no official word on pricing, but expect a premium above the entry price of around £23,000 for the outgoing version.
2022 Nissan X Trail Engine
The hybrid powertrain, known as e-Power, is a system based around a gasoline engine that acts as a generator for a battery that powers an electric motor.
Its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine charges the compact battery, which powers the electric motor for a total of 184bhp and 330Nm of torque.
The setup ensures reduced emissions and increased fuel consumption. Nissan says this setup offers the feeling of driving an electric car.
2022 Nissan X Trail Release Date
The fourth-generation X-Trail complements Nissan’s modernization of the entire SUV lineup, which began in late 2019 with the second-generation Juke.
This is followed by the all-electric Ariya and the exclusive Qashqai hybrid, which were revealed earlier this year.
China will get the Nissan X-Trail later this year, but there’s no word yet on when it will arrive elsewhere around the world.
However, there is a chance it could land in the UK in 2021 and would cost around £25,000.
2022 Nissan X Trail Price
Nissan has yet to announce pricing for the new X-Trail but given the new platform and technological upgrades on offer, we expect the price tag to start at a slightly larger number than the outgoing model, which starts at £26,835.