A new colour palette provides eight shades, three of which are new to X-TRAIL and a further three new to Nissan. Joining the existing solid red and metallic silver finishes are black and white pearlcoat finishes and metallic beige. New to Nissan are Atlas Blue – a metallic mid-blue – dark Twilight Grey and Thundercloud, a sophisticated dusty purple metallic.
INNOVATION INSIDE AT A GLANCE
- Enhanced interior quality and refinement
- Clearer controls and instrumentation
- Greater comfort for all
- Best-in-class luggage area
- Innovative double deck trunk floor
- Clever sliding drawer storage
New X-TRAIL has a much bigger and more versatile luggage area than before –although the original’s was hardly small – and it is now best-in-class, complete with a clever sliding drawer under a false floor in the trunk. Soft feel plastics, liberal use of chrome and silver-colour finishes, flocked surfaces and improved upholstery materials give a real impression of quality.
SOFT FEEL MATERIALS
All touch points, including door trims, arm rests and other surfaces, have been finished with soft feel materials while the A-pillars and the interior of the dashtop storage box have been flocked. Interior door handles are chromed while the finishes around the instruments and controls are silver painted in TREK and SPORT versions and given a sophisticated titanium look in the range-topping AVENTURA, which also has a silver finished tailgate entry guard.
All versions have a two-tone interior treatment with a lighter band of colour running around the cabin from the centre of the dashboard via the tops of the doors to the rear. On TREK and SPORT grades the lower portion of the cabin is black with a lighter grey accent, while the leather upholstered AVENTURA has a choice between black and grey or black and sand.
Thanks to the generous greenhouse and the panoramic sunroof – standard on SPORT and AVENTURA – the interior of the new X-TRAIL has a light and airy ambience. Covering an area of 0.59m2, the sunroof, which has an auto close feature, is almost 80cm long and extends deep over the rear passenger compartment.
The most obvious change inside the cabin, however, is the repositioning of the instrument cluster, which has been moved from the central stack to back behind the multi-function steering wheel.
Although the vast majority of owners liked the central positioning of the speedometer, tachometer and fuel and temperature gauge – partly because it allowed a large dashtop storage box to be located in front of the driver – the dials have been moved back for purely practical reasons. It means the increasingly popular option of satellite navigation can be placed higher up in the centre stack where the information can be more readily absorbed.
GENEROUS STORAGE OPPORTUNITIES
Not that the driver has lost out when it comes to storage opportunities. The document box previously ahead of the steering wheel is now mounted above the centre console and is even larger than before: it can hold either 10 CDs in their jewel cases, or a full-sized box of tissues.
When it comes to oddment space, that’s just the start. The large glove box provides 15.7 litres of space and includes a special section designed specifically for the vehicle handbook. Between the front seats there’s a cooled storage box, which can hold up to 13 CD cases or four 350ml drink cans. Its lid doubles as an armrest.
Both front doors have two storage slots apiece – one of which is deep enough to hold an A4 magazine or map book and a 500ml water bottle – while AVENTURA specification models have a capacious pocket on the back of the front passenger seat and a sunglasses holder in a roof console.
There are no fewer than six cup-holders, four of which can be cooled or warmed as required. Two of the cooled/warmed holders are located at either end of the dashboard while the other pair can be found by the rear ventilation outlet ahead of the back seats. The remaining pair of cup-holders can be found in a lidded compartment between the front seats.
It is in the luggage area where the new X-TRAIL really shows its versatility. Not only is the trunk area much larger than before, but it also has an innovative drawer unit which slides away under a false floor where valuable items can be kept out of sight at all times.
The key to the increase in the trunk’s dimensions can be found underneath the vehicle where the exhaust silencer box has been re-routed from its original transverse position across the rear to a north/south location alongside the spare wheel well. This allows the trunk floor to be mounted far lower than before, creating space for the false floor and sliding drawer.
The improvements are dramatic. With the rear seats in place, the original vehicle had a VDA measurement of 410 litres up to the lower edge of the rear window. When the double floor is removed, the new X-TRAIL offers a remarkable 603 litres, a near 50 per cent increase. Even with the double floor in place, it has more space than its predecessor.
BEST IN CLASS LUGGAGE SPACE
At its maximum but with the rear seats in place, the trunk area is taller by 127mm, wider by 174mm and deeper by 85mm than before. When the rear seats are folded, the new X-TRAIL provides a best-in-class luggage area of 1773 litres (1649 litres excluding the double deck trunk capacity), which is the same as a VW Passat estate and larger than its compact SUV competitors.
With the seats folded and the double floor in place, there’s a flat loading bay which can extend all the way to the rear of the front seats – as before, the rear seat squabs can be removed completely to create extra load space. The false floor is a lightweight but rigid plastic moulding that’s hinged in the middle to allow easy access to the storage compartments beneath.
The drawer unit has removable partition walls that can be positioned as required to section off areas in which smaller items can be placed without fear of them rolling around. Alongside the drawer is another compartment, big enough to hold two briefcases or a suit carrier.
To ensure maximum practicality, the trunk floor has been finished in a tough and easy-to-clean non-slip plastic surface. Raised ribs are spaced unequally to help prevent loads shifting when the vehicle is on the move.
Full carpeting for the trunk was considered but rejected as customer research showed that many owners either carried dogs or outdoor sports equipment in the rear of their X-TRAIL and preferred a wipe clean surface.
As before, the rear seat backrests can be reclined through 12 degrees for maximum passenger comfort. But the seats in the previous version folded on a 60/40 split, those in the new model have a 40/20/40 folding system on SPORT and AVENTURA for more flexibility. This allows longer items, such as skis, to be posted through the rear seats while still carrying two rear seat passengers.
Finally, a new retractable tonneau cover is fitted and has a large handle to ease opening and closing.