Motoring Correspondent – Peter Zorbas: Date – 27 Oct 2017
The X-Trail is Nissan’s flagship SUV. We were invited to the beautiful windy city of Port Elizabeth to test drive the new X-Trail and put it through its paces both on and off-road along the beautiful and demanding Eastern Cape coastline.
The X-Trail has always been regarded as a class-leading crossover SUV, with regarding it to be the world’s most loved SUV. Ranked as the fifth most popular vehicle in the world last year and the most popular SUV by a margin of almost 59,000 units.
This speaks volumes about the importance of this latest generation X-Trail and the legacy which it needs to live up to.
Manners Both On Road And Off-Road
While its predecessor was a treat to drive. This new facelifted version of the X-Trail is now more dynamic than ever. Upon leaving the airport foreground, I made use of various driving styles and techniques to thoroughly test the X-Trail and its on-road abilities. Despite it SUV raised ride-height, this new car handles incredibly well, the chassis feels planted in the bends and performs with very sporty characteristics.
Having been incredibly impressed with the X-Trail on the tar, we embarked on a journey into the bushveld, along the wild coastline and through some less than smooth surfaces. The X-Trail having been designed as a proper SUV, proved certainly not afraid to get its heels dirty. With its full seven-seating ability, it also provides a great platform to fulfil a journey for the entire family and even the family dog.
This latest generation X-Trail is as much about cutting-edge design, as it is about cutting-edge technology. With many advanced safety and technological features added, including what Nissan term Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM). This includes the likes of:
- Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention– alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles in blind spots diagonally behind the car.
- Intelligent Lane Intervention– alerts the driver when it detects that the X-Trail is straying from its lane.
- Intelligent Cross Traffic Alert – when backing out of a parking space, this feature can detect and warn the driver of vehicles that are approaching behind the X-Trail.
- Intelligent Emergency Braking – uses radar technology to keep an eye on your speed and proximity to the vehicle in front of you, and will alert the driver before engaging the brakes.
- Intelligent Forward Collision Warning – helps alert drivers of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary car.
- Intelligent Auto Headlights – automatically changes between high and low beams when it detects oncoming vehicles at night.
- Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection – a support technology that assists drivers to park more easily by
The clever technology and integrated systems within the new X-Trail make it not only a safer vehicle but also easier to navigate, no matter the road surfaces or conditions.
With the updated car, comes not only a refreshed exterior with sculpted lines and more angular, aggressive styling, including the new “V-Motion” grille and bumper, revised headlights and signature day-time running lights, but also a full re-design of the interior.
The steering wheel now features elegant white stitching and a very comfortable to the touch D-Shaped design. Overall dashboard materials are also soft-to-the-touch and premium throughout much of the cabin space.
If you are in the market for a family crossover SUV that will comfortably seat seven, won’t break the bank and offers a wealth of both technological advancements and cutting-edge design, the new Nissan X-Trail may be your answer. We look forward to spending more time with this modern SUV soon and bringing you our full video review.
Full SA Pricing, Service & Warranty
2.0 Visia R 369 900
2.0 Visia 7s R 374 900
1.6 dci Visia 7s R 392 900
2.5 Acenta CVT 4WD R 425 900
2.5 Acenta CVT 4WD 7s R 429 900
2.5 Acenta Plus CVT 4WD 7s R 444 900
1.6 dci Tekna 4WD R 457 900
2.5 Tekna CVT 4WD 7s R 469 900
X-Trail comes with Nissan’s 6-year/150,000km warranty, a 3-year/90,000km service plan and 24-hour roadside assist.
Service intervals are at 15,000km