The All New 2015 Nissan X-Trail – Launched By Arabian Automobiles
If you walk into Nissan’s showroom here in GCC, and you are shopping for your next new car with SUV is the word in your mind, then you won’t be let down as the salesman will be able to give you a walk-around with no less than 6 different combinations of SUV/CUV. You’ll be spoiled for choices. And now with the launch of all new 2015 X-Trail, all models are fresh and boasted Nissan’s modern design concepts. Having said that, there’s an exception that applies for midsize hard-core XTerra, a Dubai Police fav. It is the only one left out and is perhaps due for upgrade as well.
Nissan X-Trail falls into the most competitive SUV/CUV segment. Where you find Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4, Ford Escape, alongside with the Korean mix of Hyundai Tucson and KIA Sportage. But beyond the above major competitors, Nissan is facing a tough in-house competition as well. As I am aforementioned that there is no less than 6 cars made available by Nissan. The SUV/CUV product line-up starts from the close encounters like: Cute little Juke, Qashqai, and Murano. Moving up with X-Trail and tough XTerra. The 7 seater Pathfinder and lastly the huge and proud, the Patrol. However this time Nissan has decided to clear the cloud of confusion in the customers mind formed by product similarities causing an in-house conflict in decision making by removing Qashqai from the lineup. Nissan also admitted that Qashqai could only find 4500 homes along side with (now) previous generation X-Trail.
Again being a highly competitive segment, what matters most to the customer is the value-for-money in terms of the features offered in the car. Nevertheless, Nissan is one of those manufacturers who smartly introduced the first-in-the-segment features making the product more stand out.
“The New X-Trail is just as tough and accomplished as the previous generation model, but adds crossover style and efficiency, exciting design, innovative technology and exceptional comfort to set a new benchmark in the fiercely competitive C-SUV market,” explained Samir Cherfan, Managing Director at Nissan Middle East
Some of the features are listed below as provided by the Nissan local press release:
Stylish and dynamic design featuring a number of Nissan signature cues such as the ‘boomerang’ rear lights, structured headlights with LED daytime running lamps and the characteristic D-pillar shape. LED headlights, for both high and low beams, are standard on high-grade models while 18-inch alloy wheels also give new X-Trail an imposing look.
Premium best-in-class interior refinement includes chrome, geometric metallic and piano black finishes making the new interior look modern and refined. The use of high quality and soft-touch materials, elements like double stitching on the door panel, seats and center armrest combined with a very classy design put the new Nissan X-Trail in a league of its own.
The spacious interior has theatre-style seating making every row higher than the row in front to increase the visibility of all passengers. The option of two extra seats to make room for seven inside is unique for the category along with full-length panoramic sunroof.
Fully packed with progressive technologies: Nissan Connect, and Nissan Safety Shield providing World-First road handling features the 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 Xtronic 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.
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.
Here in GCC Nissan X-Trail is offered with It’s 4 cylinders. 170 hp 2.5-liter engine. X-Trail adopts Nissan’s advanced electronic four-wheel drive system, ALL MODE 4x4i. Controlled via a rotary switch on the center console, it offers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or Lock offering permanent four-wheel drive.
In the ‘default’ Auto mode, the system constantly monitors throttle opening, engine speed and torque to anticipate wheel spin and to distribute torque between front and rear axles as needed, at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
Above that speed, the system reacts to wheel spin, again shifting drive rearwards to restore traction as required. For tricky conditions and at low speeds, ‘Lock’ gives new X-Trail permanent four-wheel drive, while drivers also have the option of a two-wheel drive only version.
“We are very excited with the introduction of the All-New X-Trail which redefines the category in premium-ness, comfort and technology” said Katib Belkhodja, Brand Manager for SUV & Cross-Over at Nissan Middle East. “We are confident that the New X-Trail is equipped to replicate the same success story than Patrol in its category.”
Pricing starting from AED 78,000, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail is launched by Arabian Automobiles. Arabian Automobiles is the most awarded automotive distributor in the UAE for delivering quality and the exclusive dealership for Nissan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, providing ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certified across 13 new vehicle sales showrooms of Nissan.