Nissan Hi-Cross Concept could give birth to the next gen X-Trail

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 by

’s Hi-Cross showcased at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show could lead to the successor of the X-Trail. Although Nissan claims that it is displaying a concept and has no higher purpose, sources have told Auto Middle East that Nissan could use the Hi-Cross as a base for the 2014 program.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept front end

Nissan is not willing to ignore its complete and well received crossover lineup composed of the Juke, Qashqai and Murano models. The Hi-Cross could be the fourth brand built to serve as the next iteration of the X-Trail, a rugged off-roader that competes with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, vehicles that are extensions of pickup trucks.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept dashboard

By understanding the dimensions of the concept, one can get an brief idea of the production model’s footprint. It has a 2780mm wheelbase, is 4660mm long, 1850mm wide and 1670mm tall. The Hi-Cross stands on 21-in. alloy wheels.

At the heart of the Hi-Cross is a hybrid drive train that couples an electric motor, run using lithium-ion batteries, to a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine providing the performance of a 2.5-litre engine with the economy and emissions of a smaller displacement engine.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept

The drivetrain is based on technology developed by Nissan for front-wheel drive models, but reengineered to drive all four wheels using the ‘one-motor, two clutch’ technology. It is paired to Nissan’s new generation XTRONIC continuously variable transmission that is 10 percent more economical than its predecessor.

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