2015 Nissan X-Trail | New Car Review
*Priced very well in comparison to its rivals.
* Equipped with ample features to keep all occupants safe and entertained.
* Rear styling is somewhat of a let-down to an otherwise brilliant design.
Being the first model to carry the X-Trail nameplate into its third generation, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail is quite a big deal for the brand, and it should be. Unlike the first generation model which could have been mistaken for a toaster on wheels, the third generation model is genuinely good looking, with taut headlamps and razor sharp contours coming together to form an aggressive countenance, while pentagonal tail lamps and a black diffuser adorn the rear end.
A drastic improvement over its predecessors, the X-Trail is no longer a plastic haven with more resemblance to a work truck than a family SUV. Chasing after a slightly higher strata of society, the 2015 X-Trail welcomes a panoramic moon roof, a blend of plastic inserts working their way into the dashboard and door panels, and silver surrounds around the A/C vents and components along the centre console. Available as a 5-seater and a 7-seater, we reckon the fiver makes a lot more sense for a car with a wheelbase of just 2,705mm.
Adequately equipped for a family SUV, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail ensures you and yours are safe on the road with the Lane Departure Warning system and Blind Spot Monitoring systems working in harmony. Once at your destination, the Around View Monitor makes sure parking is an absolute breeze, and the no-touch tailgate – which works by just waving an object in front of the sensor – makes sure loading up when your hands are full, is no issue whatsoever either.
At the heart of the X-Trail sits a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine which whips out 170 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 226 Nm of torque at 4,400 RPM. Mated to a CVT transmission, which allows for manual shifting with six makeshift points, the X-Trail is capable of hauling up to 1,500 kilograms and delivers its power through either a 2WD, or 4WD layout.
Definitely on the right path to success, the 2015 Nissan X-Trail is sure to be seen in abundance across the streets of the UAE very soon. Priced at just AED 75,000 to AED 120,000, the X-Trail is an impressive AED 15,000 cheaper than the Mazda CX-5 and a whopping AED 32,000 more affordable than the Honda CR-V. If it wasn’t its looks, its price point is sure to get you.
|Specifications||2015 Nissan X-Trail|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.5 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|170 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|226 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.5 secs|
|Top speed||190 km/h|
|Price||AED 75,000 - 120,000|