From October 2010, buyers of the Nissan X-TRAIL will benefit from a series of extensive updates to maintain its position in the SUV segment as one of the few, versatile and agile four-wheel drive vehicles on the European market.
Already well regarded for its durability, comfort, practicality and convenience, the changes refresh the Nissan X-TRAIL's exterior styling; improve the interior quality and functionality, as well as mechanical and aerodynamic changes.
The most obvious changes have been made to the frontal aspect of the Nissan X-TRAIL which emphasise a feeling of integration to the car body, with a completely redesigned grille, headlights and bumper assembly. Directly from the front, the more sophisticated, technical appearance makes the car look more dynamic. The grille is of higher quality and flows down into the bumper assembly. The lower part of the bumper is angled outwards, suggesting a wider track and more solid stance.
The overall feeling from the front expresses the sense of unity to the top and bottom. The grille retains the twin angled struts either side of the Nissan logo, which is a signature found on Nissan's SUV range globally.
At the rear, the Nissan X-TRAIL's distinctive vertical lights have been updated to incorporate LED light technology for the running lights and braking, improving visibility and, therefore, safety. The indicator is incorporated into the lower portion of the light assembly, with the running/brake lights to the outside of it.
In profile, the Nissan X-TRAIL's stance has been improved thanks to an increase in wheel size, with a ten-spoke 18" alloy wheel design, which is also wider, now up to 225/55/18 in size giving the Nissan X-Trail even more stance to the road. The small increase in tyre width has led to a slight widening of the wheelarch moulding, which adds a little extra presence to the Nissan X-TRAIL's stance.
Moving to the interior, the design has been updated to give a more harmonious ambience thanks to improved materials and better colour coordination, in particular, the area around the base of the A-pillar.
The materials used for the switch surrounds on the steering wheel, around the gear selector and on the door-mounted armrest have all been improved for better touch feeling, while thicker, soft-touch materials have been chosen for the cloth seats.
For the leather equipped interior, the stitching is more attractive and more premium. The driver will appreciate the improved visibility and legibility of the new main combimeter, with bigger and clearer speed and engine speed readouts enhancing the quality. In between those principal dials is a new drive computer with a white-on-black display for maximum clarity. The computer offers a series of useful information for the driver, including: fuel economy, outside temperature (including ice warning function), cruising range, average speed and a reminder to take a break.
The drive computer screen can also display additional information such as warnings for low fuel, parking brake, undetected Intelligent Key and open door, as well as vital maintenance information, such as tyre maintenance, low oil and a service reminder.
Rear occupant comfort has been improved thanks to redesigned front seats, creating an additional 10mm of knee-room, without compromising on comfort for the front seat occupants. And to better survive the wear and tear of the Nissan X-TRAIL's busy daily life, the rear tonneau cover material has been upgraded.
Reflecting its role as a hard-working family car, the Nissan X-TRAIL is now specified with a glovebox that will either keep its contents warm or cold - ideal for drinks - depending on the prevailing conditions and if the Nissan X-TRAIL's occupants need cooling down or warming up!
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