Nissan X-Trail Hybrid review, test drive

    The new X-Trail Hybrid gets a petrol-electric powertrain and an all-new look. But does it really impress on the road?

    Published on Feb 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM


    Make : Nissan
    Model : X-Trail

    What is it?

    Nissan's new X-Trail is very different from the SUV of the same name, earlier sold in India. While that model blended car- like driving manners and real off-road ability in equal measure, the new X-Trail is clearly focused on delivering the best on- road experience possible. The SUV that comes to India first up is also very different under the hood; it's a petrol-electric hybrid as against a diesel. Under the skin you’ll find the Common Module Family (CMF) platform, the latest Renault-Nissan architecture, which underpins a range of new models. The new X-Trail is also bigger on the inside and has a 76mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. This initial version, however, will be offered only as a five-seater. The large battery pack needed by the hybrid system is placed behind the rear seat and what's missing is a full-sized spare in the boot.

    Come across the new X-Trail and first impressions are of a handsome and modern-looking SUV with attractive proportions and sharp detailing. It gets a pair of exaggerated but prominent wheel arches and interesting detailing around the nose; the headlights and 'V' grille are placed inside the negative space below the bonnet. However, the SUV isn't immediately recognisable as a hybrid. Yes, up front, there is a blued-over Hybrid badge and you can tell from the rear too, but the appearance in general, is quite stock.

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