The All New 2015 Nissan X-Trail – What IF_, Why Not!
Back in 2012 Nissan effectively moved away from its “SHIFT_” campaign to the new one known as “WHAT IF_”. I believe this wasn’t a mere advertising slogan as Nissan has multiple slogans across the globe, according to the market’s dynamics but it’s rather a philosophy. Perhaps Nissan invited its team members, asking what they can bring to the table. What if their soul searching becomes an extension for seeking new vistas to bring the best to the world?
This week I had the mid-size crossover, the all-new 2015 Nissan X-Trail SL for the test drive. This new 2015 X-trail is jointly developed on a high volume Nissan/ Renault Common Module Platform (CFM), now effectively moved into its third generation of existence which is a good sign for any car, as Nissan projected an ambitious figure of 500,000 units around the globe. Yes, the second generation here in the Gulf was a mere face-lift as opposed to heavily revise the version sold in Europe. The design is totally new and feels so fresh from a complete brick boxy previous generation X-Trail. Park it next to its bigger sister the Pathfinder, and surely you like the X-Trail much better looking with a more sporty appeal. The front headlights now incorporate daytime LEDs in check mark, the design actually bringing out the edges more on the softer overall design. X-trail is complimented with both premium feel and rugged look at the same time. The side windows are encased with bright chrome shadow-line. Also, the front grille is now more prominent and muscular looking with shiny chrome element along with chrome chin spoiler. This completes the premium feel over the contrasting black plastic molding outlining the lower part of the car all around that defines the rugged character.
Appealing Appearance – 8/10
I must admit that after a long period of time I’ve seen a better-designed interior. Thanks to the placement of center air vents on the top-shelf, not only the theme look pleasant yet it ergonomically works best as well. The dashboard is curvy on the corner gives the sung feeling. Material fit and finish is good, though piano black trim does show off finger stains & scratches. The rear cabin is bright and spacious. Tall people can also accommodate themselves with ease and comfort.
While looking for the capacity I found out there’s another proper seating row the boot, this 3rd row can be formed just by pulling the grab handle placed in the seat-backs. While there’s a lever available on the 2nd row to slide it forward to make access to the 3rd row. Even though the rear doors open wide as much as 80 Degree, I realized it’s a task only kids can achieve, nevertheless, it wasn’t a nice place to be, perhaps there must’ve been a thought among Nissan engineer that started with what if there’s the 3rd row for that special occasion. Thankfully, that special occasion didn’t occur during my test drive. I kept the seats folded down and it made sense as there’s ample room for grocery shopping your favorite hypermarket.
Performance and Handling – 7/10
The all-new 2015 X-Trail is designed not only to replace its aging previous generation X-Trail but it will also replace the Qashqai. No surprises then, X-Trail has dual tasks to perform. Keeping the DNA of its predecessor, the 2015 X-Trail must have the versatility and capability to go beyond on rough terrains and manage the adverse road conditions should there be inclement weather, hence Nissan has installed permanently ALL MODE 4X4i systems that can be engaged via a rotary knob. Also equipped are the driver assisting nice features like the Uphill Start Support along with Advance Hill Descent Control. At the same time, it has a good smooth ride and refinement of the Qashqai. Nissan has gone to an extent where the tailgate is made of plastic hence saving 7 kgs. You may argue here with that 7 kg figure, but I can tell you that it’s a thought that weighs more. X-trail rides on all-season 225/60R-18 alloys. While X-Trail is equipped with Nissan trustable 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine producing healthy 170 HP and 175lb-ft of torque. Coupled with X-Tronic CVT transmission X-Trail lugs 0-60 in 9 seconds. Though X-Tronic CVT is not the best of the refined feature.
Safety – 8.5/10
Drive out any Nissan vehicle these days and it comes with the assurance of various safety features. In Nissan parlance, it’s called Safety Shield. With X-Trail, Nissan introduces two world firsts are Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake. Active Ride Control monitors the road surface to detect undulations. Active Engine Brake, meanwhile, harnesses the power and controllability of the X-Tronic transmission to add a degree of engine braking while cornering or when decelerating to a standstill. The benefits are greater braking control and enhanced feel with less pedal effort. Also added is the third system, pioneered in the premium segment, is Active Trace Control. By using onboard sensors to monitor speed, steering angle, throttle opening and braking effort; Active Trace Control brakes, wheels individually, as required, to reduce understeer and help the driver steer a safer path through bends: it is particularly effective on slippery, wet roads.
Value – 7.5/10
Our tester was a fully equipped SL grade model that comes with panoramic sunroof and 7-seats. Throughout my test drive, I enjoyed the new NissanConnect on a 7-inch color capacitive touch screen. A Smartphone connectivity system that offers a host of vast features, like satnav access to the safety shield and social networking apps as well. The system also includes Bluetooth audio streaming and mobile phone integration. It’s worth mentioning the Bluetooth tethering with my iPhone. I absolutely enjoyed sound system, listening to the sonically brilliant musical scores from Coke Studio Pakistan!
What If_ you decide to buy the all new X-2015 X-Trail and you’re a part of the rapidly growing customer base. An incredible 1,226 units were sold within the first 40 days of launch. It’s like an X-Trail sold for every 48 minutes. You can now pat on your back. And proudly asks for additional pats from the family members. Just don’t ask the pat from passengers on the 3rd row!
Pricing starting from AED 81750/- for the base model and AED 122000/- for the fully loaded SL grade.