New X-Trail, a new benchmark in Nissan

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BUILDING on Nissan’s respected 4×4 heritage, the new Nissan X-Trail made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

It adds crossover style and efficiency to the previous generation model to set a new benchmark for the Japanese manufacturer.

The design behind the X-Trail aims at blending the lines of a modern crossover with the appeal of a typical Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

Its silhouette features a number of Nissan signature cues including the ‘boomerang’ rear lights and structured headlights with LED daytime running lamps.

The spacious interior has theatre-style seating and the option of two extra seats to make room for seven inside.

Practical touches include rear side doors that open to almost 80 degrees to allow easy access.

The middle row seats recline and slide while, where fitted, the third row folds forward to increase luggage space.

In addition, a double load floor provides flexible storage options.

The X-Trail will be one of the most advanced cars on the road when it is launched in the first quarter of 2014, claims Nissan.

Fully connected, X-Trail is the first model to benefit from the latest generation NissanConnect in-car navigation, information and entertainment system.

NissanConnect offers Smartphone connectivity, to keep owners connected to the outside world wherever their journey takes them.

It also provides access to a projected range of apps covering music, social networking, entertainment and travel through a large, 7-inch colour touch screen.

The car adopts Nissan’s advanced electronic four-wheel drive system, ALL MODE 4x4i.

Controlled via a rotary switch on the centre console, it offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent four-wheel drive.

Engineering innovation will also allow the X-Trail to lead its class in terms of engine efficiency thanks to downsizing, say the manufacturers.

By reducing power sapping friction in its drivetrains, he car provides excellent performance from the latest generation of downsized engines, providing the pace of a bigger powerplant with the economy and emissions of a smaller one.

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