All-New Nissan X-Trail Debuts In Japan With Second-Gen e-POWER Hybrid Powertrain

Nissan launched the fourth-generation X-Trail in Japan. Unlike the ICE-powered US-spec Rogue and the Australian-spec X-Trail, the Japanese version of the SUV is exclusively available in electrified form with a hybrid powertrain in 2WD and 4WD (e-4ORCE) guises. The same setup is expected to be offered in Europe.

The X-Trail is sharing the CMF-C architecture with the Mitsubishi Outlander. The new self-charging hybrid powertrain combines the variable compression ratio 1.5-liter VC-Turbo petrol three-cylinder engine with the second-gen e-POWER system. The hybrid system is said to be improved in terms of “power, smoothness, and quietness” compared to its predecessor.

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Nissan didn’t announce the detailed specifications of the powertrain, but said that the combustion engine is not connected to the wheels, limiting its role as a generator for the electric motors. The 4WD variants of the SUV feature the e-4ORCE electric all-wheel-drive system with dual electric motors, similar to the one used by the fully electric Ariya, offering improved performance in any road conditions. The X-Trail also features the e-Pedal Step technology which applies regenerative braking when the driver lifts the throttle.

Visually, the fourth-gen X-Trail looks virtually identical to the Nissan Rogue that was introduced in late 2020. The model incorporates a split-headlight design, a chrome-infused V-motion grille, aluminum-style skid plates, black A-pilars and toned rear shoulders. In Japan the SUV is available in 12 body colors including the pictured Cardinal Red, and five duo-tone configurations. There is also the tougher-looking X-Trail X trim with different skid plates and unique rims, plus a customized version by Autech.

Inside, there is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with two display modes, a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment, plus a 10.8-inch head-up display. The SUV has a five-seater layout with what Nissan describes as the largest boot in the segment, but there is also a three-row variant with seven seats.

Other features include the Bose Premium Sound System specifically tuned for the X-Trail, a 100V AC power outlet with a maximum output of 1,500 Watt, and plenty of customization options for the upholstery (black fabric, premium tan Nappa leather, Tailor Fit, and the water repellent Cell-Cloth material). Equipment includes the Nissan Safety Assist 360 with cameras, radar, and sonar monitoring the surrounding, plus a long list of ADAS for semi-autonomous functions as part of Nissan’s ProPILOT suite.

The new Nissan X-Trail will be available in Japan from July 25. Pricing starts from ¥3,198,800 ($23,150) for the entry-level “S” 2WD hybrid, and goes all the way up to  ¥4,499,000 ($32,557) for the flagship “G e-4ORCE” 4WD hybrid. The main rivals of the SUV are the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and the mechanically-related Mitsubishi Outlander. Below you can watch the official presentation by Nissan which has been translated in English.

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