Nissan X-TRAIL - Technology | Part SevenPublished 12 December 2007
AT A GLANCE
- Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity on every model
- Climate control air conditioning with rear vents on every model
- Intelligent Key
- Automatic lights and wipers
- One-touch operation panoramic sunroof
- Satellite navigation with intelligent reversing camera option
Tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by their mobile phone have led many European countries to impose legislation restricting in-car phone use to hands free units only. Now every model in the new X-TRAIL range has Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity fully integrated into the car’s audio system as standard, to provide seamless transition from hand-held to hands-free operation.
AUTOMATIC HANDS-FREE OPERATION
Once a Bluetooth-equipped mobile phone has been paired with the system – a one-time ‘set-and-forget’ operation – each time a driver sets off in the car, their mobile phone is recognised and hands-free operation starts automatically: the phone can remain at the bottom of a pocket or a bag.
Calls are made and answered using controls mounted on the steering wheel, meaning drivers never have to take their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road ahead.
When a call is received, the caller ID is shown on the audio display while the sound system is muted and incoming calls are heard over the car’s loudspeaker system. For outgoing calls, there’s a small yet powerful microphone located in the roof console while the system’s internal phonebook can store up to 100 entries.
Bluetooth connectivity means that there are no phone compatibility problems as the technology is incorporated into virtually all recent handsets: there is no requirement for a phone to be inserted into a special dock before it can be used hands-free.
AUTOMATIC TURN SIGNALS
Another intelligent feature to be found as standard on all versions of the new X-TRAIL is the one-touch turn signal which automatically gives three flashes of the indicators when the stalk is nudged: the use of three flashes when indicating lane changes on motorways is endorsed by road safety organisations.
All models are available with fully automatic climate control air conditioning, electric power steering, keyless entry, electric windows front and rear, electrically adjustable door mirrors and a trip computer with average speed, average fuel consumption, fuel range, running time and a maintenance reminder.
GENEROUS INTERIOR STORAGE
In addition to the double deck trunk floor with its unique storage drawer, X-TRAIL has a large glove box with 15.7 litres of space and a dedicated slot for the owner’s manual. A deep box centrally mounted on top of the dashboard can hold a large tissue box or 10 CD jewel cases.
Further storage opportunities include a centre console box, the lid of which doubles as an arm-rest. There are usefully-sized pockets in the door panels and door arm rests and, depending on the version, pockets in the back of the front seats. There are no fewer than six cup holders, two between the front seats, a pair of holders in the centre console for the rear passengers and one at either end of the dashboard, which are cooled.
Active safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) while six airbags are standard on all models. As well as dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, there are thorax side airbags mounted in the front seats and full-length curtain airbags on both sides giving extra protection for all occupants in a side impact.
Front seatbelts have pre-tensioners to take up any slack in the seatbelt at the moment of impact. Using sensors to determine the speed of deceleration – and therefore the severity of the crash – the system triggers a pyrotechnic gas generator to rewind the retractor thus tensioning the belt. Anti-theft security includes an immobiliser as standard.
All versions have a full size spare wheel as neither a space saver spare nor a can of puncture repair foam is considered suitable for a true off-road vehicle. Using a temporary spare off-road might compromise a vehicle’s traction capability in slippery conditions while tyres damaged off-road can seldom be repaired using expanding foam.
The spare wheel is housed under the trunk floor rather than mounted on the rear door where it is more vulnerable to theft, can obscure rearward visibility and precludes the use of a top hinged door, as found on X-TRAIL, which generally provides easier access to the load area.
The entry-level TREK has 16-inch five spoke alloy wheels and a single disc CD player with four speakers, while SPORT and AVENTURA have six-spoke 17 inch alloys and an in-dash six disc CD player with six speakers. On all models, the audio volume is speed sensitive, rising and lowering depending on the ambient noise within the cabin.
As well as the enhanced sound system and bigger wheels, SPORT models add a number of further intelligent features designed to aid the driver including automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers. Cruise control is standard, along with reach adjustment for the leather covered steering wheel, front fog lamps, chrome interior accents, heated door mirrors, and 40/20/40 folding rear seats. Darkened privacy glass to the rear side windows and to the tailgate will prevent prying eyes from inspecting the interior of the car.
SPORT also gets a large panoramic sunroof – covering 0.59m2, it’s almost 80cm longer than that in the original X-TRAIL – and incorporates automatic closing.
The top model in the X-TRAIL range, the AVENTURA, adds yet more useful features including Nissan’s acclaimed Intelligent Key. Providing much more than just keyless entry, the Intelligent Key allows the car to be locked and unlocked and the engine to be started and stopped without the key ever having to leave a pocket, briefcase or handbag.
AVENTURA also gets black or sand coloured leather covered seats – heated and power operated in the front – a tailgate entry guard and chrome exterior door handles. The large door mirrors can be folded electrically to prevent damage when the vehicle is parked in narrow spaces or in the street.
eXpedition AND eXplorer UPGRADES
Upgrades are available on SPORT and AVENTURA models, to enhance the specification further. The SPORT eXpedition includes DVD satellite navigation, rear parking camera, Intelligent Key and chrome exterior door handles. The equivalent AVENTURA eXplorer adds xenon headlamps, DVD satellite navigation and rear parking camera.
eXpedition eXtreme and eXplorer eXtreme grades add stylish roof rails – deeper than the standard items – with integrated high beam driving lamps.
The latest generation DVD-based satellite navigation system now covers 28 countries: new additions include Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and the Canary Islands. At the heart of the system is a seven inch colour display offering enhanced graphics, split views and multiple route displays. Voice recognition in seven languages is possible, while there are yearly map updates.
The system incorporates a six disc CD player with MP3 playback while the display doubles as a full colour screen for the reversing camera. The X-TRAIL is the first compact SUV to accommodate both in the fascia.
The rear-view camera shows static guidelines on the display and, to help judge the distance to a nearby obstacle, a pair of lines on-screen move according to the angle of the steering wheel to help drivers execute rear parking moves with precision. Another important small detail is that the camera view shows the edge of the rear bumper, so that drivers can perfectly judge tight spaces.