2021 Nissan X-Trail revealed

The world's most popular SUV is in line for an update - here's the low-down on what you can expect from the all-new 2021 Nissan X-Trail

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Nissan USA has peeled back the covers on the 2021 Nissan X-Trail, or what is known as the Rogue to Americans.

The new X-Trail receives an entirely new face as well as a new-look rear-end, further pushing the development of Nissan's new design language that arrived in Australia with the new Juke small SUV.

Sporting a higher and more defined waistline than before, the new X-Trail also features a pair of slicked-back headlights at the front and new tail lights at the back.

Nissan USA hasn’t been particularly forthcoming with information on the new reveal, but it looks like the option of a black contrast roof is now on offer as well.

The interior is one of the most impressive aspects of the new reveal, showing off a completely redesigned cabin that features a new dash design, centre console and – finally – a new 9-inch infotainment screen. Joining the updated infotainment screen is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display. Wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and wireless charging will feature on some variants, as well. Granted, it looks as though Nissan USA has only shown higher specification models, but the new look inside is promising.

The level of standard safety equipment will be high, with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic warning and automatic high-beam headlights all equipped to the base specification.

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Nissan ProPilot autonomous driving assistance technology will come as an option, meaning stop and go active cruise control and lane-keep assist that can reference the navigation system to provide subtle driving inputs.

N-Sport editions join the Nissan ranks

What isn’t so clear is the specification levels and powertrains that will be on offer Down Under. It looks like it’ll be a carry-over affair for the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission, though it does get a slight bump in outputs meaning the new X-Trail will boast 135kW/245Nm. As before, both front- and all-wheel-drive versions will be available.

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Perhaps not at debut, but we wouldn’t be surprised for Nissan’s e-Power hybrid technology to feature in the range at some point. Toyota has enjoyed considerable success with the RAV4 hybrid; Nissan will want a share of the pie as well.

The Nissan X-Trail is one of the world's best-selling SUVs, and often battles for a podium position in the Australian new car sales.

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While the American 2021 Nissan Rogue will go on sale as soon as September 2020, Australians will have to wait until 2021 for the updated X-Trail. Full range specifications and pricing will be released closer to a launch date. 

Click on the image at the top for plenty more photos of the 2021 Nissan X-Trail. 

 Here is what we predicted of the 2021 Nissan X-Trail earlier...

  • New X-Trail due here in 2021
  • Big changes unlikely

The Nissan X-Trail is one of the world's best-selling SUVs, and the five-door, five-seat medium SUV battles for the lower spots of the podium behind the Toyota RAV4 in the heart and minds of Australian buyers.

Expect to see Nissan drop details of the updated X-Trail - known in overseas markets as the Rogue - in the next few days... but don't get too hot with the chequebook just yet.

When will the new Nissan X-Trail go on sale in Australia?

The X-Trail has been on sale here for nearly seven years, but Nissan’s bestseller will soldier on for at least another 18 months in Australia.

We spotted a patent drawing of the X-Trail a couple of months back, which flagged an updated take on the v-shaped front end, while narrower taillights will adorn the rear.

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Will the new Nissan X-Trail have a new engine?

Though details are not confirmed, expect the next X-Trail to be built atop an updated version of the Nissan Renault Mitsubishi Alliance’s elderly CMF platform. 

Recent announcements around the future of the alliance appear to hand responsibility for the next mid-sized SUV to come off a new platform to be developed by Nissan - but given that's slated for 2025, don't expect it to arrive down under until 2027 at best.

And don’t expect much in the way of funky new drivetrains or world-beating innovation for the X-Trail – after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Nissan X-Trail 2021

When it comes to mechanical specs, the 2.5-litre QR25DE four-cylinder petrol engine is likely to be used in the new X-Trail, despite it being old enough to go to high school.

It’ll likely gain direct fuel injection as a stopgap measure to meet tightening emissions regulations, and it’ll definitely use a CVT transmission.

The entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine/six-speed manual is a bet each way to return for 2021, but we reckon it’ll be retired.

Will the new Nissan X-Trail have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

That's a solid yes. Spy shots of the X-Trail’s US equivalent, the Rogue, have revealed a digital dashboard and large central multimedia screen.

Will the next Nissan X-Trail have a diesel engine?

The picture isn’t looking rosy. Only a small number of diesel X-Trails are sold here, for example, and Nissan has already spoken of an all-electric production SUV based on last year’s Ariya concept, which will be built atop an all-new EV-specific platform.

EV platforms, even if it's shared amongst three brands, cost a lot of money so persisting with diesel when demand is falling is not logical.

As well, the new mission statement from HQ will draw a line under many projects, as Nissan tries to find ways to make about $5 billion in savings over the next year.

Are there any deals on the current Nissan X-Trail?

The current T32 X-Trail range, meanwhile, has been tickled up ever so slightly, with the ST-L, Ti and TL variants scoring rear parking sensors, and the whole ten-variant range jumping in cost by $150.

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This pops the entry-level manual ST up to $30,040 before on-road costs, while the top-spec diesel TL AWD diesel tops out at $48,490.

You can check out the price of every car on sale in Australia right here, and you can also see where the best specials on new cars are on this page.


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