The active lifestyle clothing brand, Fat Face, is putting its name to a car for the first time. And appropriately it’s the surf and ski friendly Nissan X-TRAIL that the company has chosen to brand. There’s a choice of a 2.5-litre petrol at £18,995 or 2.2-litre dCi diesel for £20,295. With DVD satellite navigation as standard, they save the customer as much as £1850 against an X-TRAIL Sport.
The X-TRAIL Fat Face is orderable now, first deliveries being due in August. Born on the ski slopes of Japan, it’s loaded with kit to suit the sort of people who wear Fat Face clothes. Take the Europe wide DVD satellite navigation system, for example. Worth £1200 and standard till now only on the range topping X-TRAIL T-SPEC, the system is fully integrated into the Fat Face dashboard and will guide its crew to the beaches of Newquay as well as to the slopes of Meribel where Fat Face was first created. Cruise control will ease the journey and Nissan’s electronic ALL-MODE 4x4 system should ensure a slip free arrival … whatever the weather.
One of the reasons the X-TRAIL has won so many awards (17 at the last count) is its cleverly designed interior. The boot is a carpet-free zone so wet or muddy stuff can be chucked in as they are - the boot floor is removable for a hose down later. Stow the rear seats away and the X-TRAIL will swallow a couple of mountain bikes, dirty tyres and all. With four people aboard, a hatch in the middle of the rear seat allows snowboards or skis to be carried inside. And the alloy pedals mean the driver can keep his or her boots on behind the wheel.
Other outdoor friendly gear includes a giant panoramic sunroof giving even rear seat passengers a great skywards view of the cliffs above. Drinks can be chilled in dashboard-mounted holders and there’s a cool-box, too. A choice of five colours, chunky 17" alloy wheels, a roof-mounted spoiler and a Fat Face label on the X-TRAIL’s pert behind complete this well-dressed SUV.
A few months ago the X-TRAIL collected the "Best Compact 4x4" award from What Car? It should also get the vote of Fat Face wearers not least because the X-TRAIL is built to take the knocks and is made from top quality materials. Just like the clothes.Published 20 July 2005