The next generation of the popular SUV by Nissan, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid, is all set to launch in India in a few months. This 2017 updated version is a different car compared to the X-Trail SUV sold earlier. The 2017 version has a petrol-electric hybrid as against a diesel engine or a diesel-hybrid engine. Initial reports of the Nissan launch was first leaked from the High-Performance Centre in Noida. The new hybrid car is aimed at the renewed movement in India for environment-friendly cars which do not burn a hole in customer’s pockets.
2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Specs and Features
2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid: Under The Hood
The new hybrid SUV from the Japanese automaker is powered by a2.0-litre Petrol engine with a 32kw Electric Motor. The maximum rated output of the new engine will be179bhp while theTorque will high-tail it to 207 Nm. The transmission duties will be admirably performed by the continuously variable transmission or CVT, which in this case is the X-Tronic CVT, Nissan’s proprietary transmission system, which will ensure smooth and step-less gear changes. Better off-road capabilities will be added via an electronic 4WD or four-wheel-drive. The suspension system will be independent in the front with rear multilink suspension offered.
2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid: Exterior
The car we analyse here is the one that will make it to India. The new 2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid will follow the proprietary modular CMF (Common Module Family) C-D architecture. The same platform is set to be used for all future Nissan offerings, including hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs. Following global trends and the way the auto industry moves, the new X-Trail Hybrid will have a taller, sportier and more curvaceous design.
The front fascia of thenew Nissan X-Trail is made more appealing thanks in major part to a chromed grille, halogen headlights armed also with manual leveling, body-colored bumper, the now-standard LED daytime running lights or DRLs and a mudflap. Some other changes applied to the new SUV will be door mirrors with power adjustment, roof rails, matching rear mudflap with a very clever body-coloured rear bumper.
2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid: Interior
The standard Japanese philosophy of less-is-more is on full display here. The interiors are roomy and appear to have had a human touch while being manufactured as well. The new Hybrid SUV will offer a seven seater arrangement, a first in the segment feature. Legroom is generous as well. The central console has a piano-black finish which thankfully is matte and not glossy. Mounted on the central console is a 5-inch coloured LCD QVGA display, which is pretty attractive. A 6-speaker audio system with Aux, a USBconnectivity feature, and iPod connectivity will also boast of NissanConnect, the proprietary system, to add more value to the Bluetooth handsfree phone system. Other features will include push-button engine start, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, besides several other segment-leading features.
2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid: Safety Features
The new Nissan SUV also has impressive safety features. Similar to the new Mercedes S-Class, it has Active Ride Control, which adjusts the suspension according to road conditions and controls the engine and brakes, in effect delivering a smooth driving experience.Other advanced safety features include the obligatory rear view camera, anti-lock braking system or ABS coupled with electronic brake-force distribution or EBD, brake assist, dual front impact SRS airbags, active trace control (ATC), curtain airbags and rear-door child locks. To top it all, the new X-Trail Hybrid also boasts of the Nissan Anti-Theft system or NATS.
2017 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Price, Launch and Competition
The all-new 2017 hybrid version will launch in the first quarter of this year, perhaps as early as March. The expected price isRs 30 lakh- Rs 35 lakh. Expect the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe to offer stiff competition. The car will be imported into India as Completely Built Units or CBU. The car will revolutionise the hybrid SUV market in India, analysts say.