Larger diesel engine joins Nissan X-Trail line-up
Nissan has launched a new 2.0-litre diesel engine for its X-Trail crossover alongside increased transmission choices.
Available to order now, with first deliveries due early next year, the new 175bhp unit joins the existing 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel and brings a choice of transmissions, including a six-speed manual with four-wheel drive plus Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox which is offered with both two-wheel drive and now four-wheel drive – marking a first for the range.
CO2 and official combined fuel economy figures for the new models stand at 149g/km and 50.5mpg for the X-Trail 2.0 4WD six-speed manual, 148g/km and 50.5mpg for the 2.0 2WD Xtronic CVT auto and 158g/km and 47.1mpg for the 2.0 4WD Xtronic CVT auto.
The new engine and transmission line-up are expected to drive the model’s presence in the large SUV sector. Across Europe, sales are up 50% in the year to October 2016 when compared to the previous 12 months. Accoring to industry data, high-powered models account for 46% of the medium SUV segment, and by launching the 2.0-litre diesel the X-Trail’s market coverage increases by 41%.
Guillaume Cartier, senior vice president for sales and marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: “The new flagship Nissan X-Trail is a crossover that’s focused on delivering what consumers need. Offering 4WD linked to an automatic transmission for the first time, it’s a significant enhancement to the already strong X-Trail range. It’s also a compelling upgrade to our already successful 1.6-litre diesel model.”