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Evolution not revolution for Nissan's next X-Trail

By Tim Robson, 03 Jun 2020 Car News

What we know about the new Nissan X-Trail

The world's most popular SUV is in line for an update - here's the scoop on the new Nissan X-Trail

  • New engine expected
  • 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.

Nissan X-Trail 2021


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.

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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.

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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.

Nissan X-Trail 202o

Nissan X-Trail N-TREK

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.