At the2016 Auto Expo in India early this year, premium Japanese carmaker Nissan showcased the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid vehicle, along with the Nissan GT-R. While the GT-R was launched just one day ago on 2 December, the launch of the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid has been deferred by a month and is set to launch in India in January 2017. At the launch event scheduled for the GT-R, Nissan India President Guillaume Sicardconfirmed this, as well as the fact that the hybrid major will come to Indiaas “Completely Built-Up” or CBU units. A premium price tag in the range of Rs. 30 lakhs to Rs. 35 lakhs is, therefore, to be expected.
India is no stranger to the Nissan X-Trail; it was launched in 2005 by the Japanese major and was on sale till 2014. This previous generation of the Nissan X-Trail had to be phased out due to poor demand, however. Now the Nissan X-Trail is set to make a comeback, this time as a hybrid vehicle. Indeed, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid will be the country’s first full-fledged hybrid SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) in its segment with India being the 4th market globally to see this popular SUV being launched.
Updated Design and Features
The soon-to-be-launched Nissan X-Trail hybrid SUV will pack a 2.0-litre petrol engine which will be paired with a 32Kw electric motor.It will come with an X-Tronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) unit, with automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. An All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system is set to feature as well. The updated design elements of the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid features slim headlamps, the recognisable Nissan ‘V-Motion’ grille with C-shaped tail lamps. Incidentally, this new Nissan X-Trail was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 and is in its third generation.The new 5-seater hybrid SUV is designed on the carmaker’s CMF-C (Renault-Nissan Common Module Family) platform coming in India for the first time.
As mentioned before, the Nissan X-Trail Hybridwill be importedto India via the CBU route.Being aCBU unit, the new X Trail will be more expensive than the previous model seen in India. The Indian Govt’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles) scheme promotes such developments. Set to compete against thelikes of the newHonda CR-V and the Hyundai Santa Fe, the new X-Trail Hybrid prices will, therefore, fallwithin the range of Rs. 32 lakhs and Rs. 35 lakhs.