The all-new Nissan X-Trail is plusher and slightly more compact than before

A promising new crossover to consider
by Drei Laurel | Jun 16, 2020
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Here it is: the all-new Nissan X-Trail. The Japanese compact SUV has just been unveiled in the US market as the Rogue, and might we say it looks like a relatively promising proposition.

There are three main things to note here. First, despite its burlier proportions and more SUV-like stance, this thing is actually more compact than its predecessor. The all-new X-Trail measures in a 4,648mm in length and 1,839mm in width compared to the last one’s respective dimensions of 4,690mm and 1,830mm. Despite this, the crossover maintains a wheelbase of 2,705mm. It’s taller by 41mm, though.

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Second, the interior might be plusher than its ever been. The brand calls its new approach toward the cabin ‘Family Hub,’ and it features soft-touch materials and modern design elements. The new look is accentuated further if you go for the lighter tan and black color scheme as opposed to a plain dark look.

Convenience and comfort are top-notch, too: The rear doors open up to 90 degrees for easy ingress and egress, a new ‘butterfly’ center-console design makes passing things back and forth from the front and rear a breeze. There are NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats that reduce fatigue, the carmaker claims. The rear doors can now be unlocked separately from the front ones via Nissan’s Intelligent Key, and the cargo area can now be accessed through a motion-activated tailgate.

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The third bit to note: There’s a ton of tech and safety here. Apple CarPlay compatibility comes as standard, and the all-new X-Trail also gets a 15-watt wireless smartphone charger on the center console, which also features both USB-C and USB Type-A charging ports.

There’s a 10.8-inch head-up display, a new fully customizable seven- or 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a nine-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with RearView Monitor and Intelligent Around View Monitor. Nissan Safety Shield features like emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning are also available.

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Powering the all-new Nissan X-Trail is a 2.5-liter DOHC engine capable of 181hp at 6,000rpm and 245Nm of torque at 3,600rpm. This comes mated to a CVT.

So, can this take on the likes of the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4? Let us know in the comments.

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