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New Nissan X-Trail to get e-Power hybrid drive

Nissan’s new X-Trail SUV has debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show, complete with new e-Power hybrid powertrain.

The fourth-gen X-Trail launches summer 2022 and will include an e-Power petrol hybrid with a range-extender set-up

The fourth-generation model launches in Europe in summer 2022 and, as with the new Qashqai, will be based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C platform. This enables it to accommodate Nissan’s e‑Power powertrain, as well as latest driver assistance technology.

Different to standard hybrids, the e-Power hybrid uses a range-extender set-up, which sees the petrol engine used solely to generate electricity, while the wheels are driven purely by the electric motor. Full details have not yet been revealed but as with the Qashqai’s 190hp 1.5-litre e-Power version, this brings enhanced fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions compared with a traditional internal combustion engine, combined with the more instant response of an EV – but without requiring customers to make the leap to a full EV.

The line-up will also include a 4WD version with a snow-, gravel- or mud-configurable all-wheel drive system.

The X-Trail will also be available with a folding third row of seats but Nissan said it will remain compact enough for easy parking manoeuvres.

“The renewal of Nissan’s line-up continues at pace. The new X-Trail will remain true to its well-established SUV formula which has proved so successful for Nissan since the introduction of the first model in 2001. It will offer more efficiency, refinement, versatility and user-friendly technology. And it will complement its electrified crossover cousins in the range, giving customers an outstanding SUV with an electrified powertrain for their daily needs,” said Guillaume Cartier, Chairperson, Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania (AMIEO) region.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.