New Nissan X-Trail to hit Indian showrooms this Diwali
Nissan`s Indian outing started with the X-Trail in 2004 through its partnership with Hover automotive. The X-Trail SUV failed to make a mark in the Indian market and the Japanese car maker finally discontinued the model in 2014 due to poor sales.
Now we hear that the company is planning to launch the new Nissan X-Trail in the country during the festive season. The present generation Nissan X-Trail was showcased at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model is much sleeker and resembles the company`s crossover line-up that consists of the Quashqai, Juke and Murano.
The new SUV model is based on Nissan`s modular CMF platform, will be used to develop new products which will include hatchbacks, sedans and full-fledged SUVs.
The new Nissan X-Trail is expected to feature a 2.0 litre dCi diesel motor and will also be available with a CVT transmission. When compared to the older model the new X-trail is more of a soft roader, but nevertheless will come equipped with Nissan`s 4WD system which will be helpful during mild off-roading.
Inside the cabin the new X-Trail is packed with tech. The SUV is equipped with Active Ride Control which scans the road ahead and adapts the suspension settings according to the road surface. The cabin has a plush feel to it with the use of black, beige and chrome, while the centre console gets a piano black finish. The Sports Utility Vehicle will be offered in a seven seat configuration.
The new X-Trail will be brought to India as a CBU (completely built unit) and the company has no plans of assembling it locally in the near future. What this means is, the X-Trail will be expensive to own and we expect it to be priced between Rs. 32 – 35 lakhs. It will rival the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CRV but its high pricing will have a negative impact on its sales considering the fact that its rivals are less expensive.
Nissan however, is not looking at selling huge numbers with the X-Trail. The company plans to showcase itself as a manufacturer of premium SUVs which are reliable and capable, considering the fact that the demand for SUVs is growing stronger by the day.