The anglular, box-shaped design of the previous generation X-Trail has gone. The new X-Trail looks like a bigger Qashqai, with a sharply raked windscreen, a roof line that tapers off gently and high wheel arches bulging from the flanks.

There are a number of signature Nissan design touches, such as the aggressive, hawk-eye headlamps outlined with LED daytime running lights and the boomerang-shaped rear lights that proclaim extra sophistication, extra quality.

The new stylish X-Trail hasn’t lost any practicality or go-anywhere ability; in fact, the new X-Trail will be more spacious than previous models as it is built on the new Renault Nissan Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) platform which has best-in-class legroom.INTERIOR

It features a sliding middle bench, increasing legroom or boot space, while the optional third row of seats has a double-fold function, allowing them to be folded completely flat. In addition, the rear side doors open to almost 80 degrees – far wider than normal – to allow easy access and loading. Clearly, the new X-Trail is just as tough and accomplished as the previous model, while adding crossover style and efficiency, exciting design and technology plus exceptional comfort to set a new benchmark in a competitive market.

It will get the firm’s advanced electronic ALL MODE 4x4i system, which gives drivers a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto mode or permanent four-wheel drive via a switch on the centre console. The X-Trail also gets two intelligent new technologies: Active Ride Control and Active Engine Braking. The first monitors the road surface to detect bumps and alters the damping to compensate. The latter aids the driver by adding engine braking when the car is cornering or decelerating for better braking control.And with NissanConnect, your car is now in harmony with your smartphone. NissanConnectuses
hands-free technology, your smartphone, and your Nissan’s display screen to help you stay in touch with the outside world from inside your vehicle. It’s loaded with features and a growing list of apps that let you play your music, keep tabs on your social network, and navigate any city like a local. Welcome to the future! TECH SPEC MOTORING DOHA QATAR

ENGINE 2.5 litre, 16-valve, 4 cylinders in-line, DOHC

MAX POWER 170 hp (298 kW) @ 6,000 rpm

MAX TORQUE 560 Nm (23.8 kg-m) @ 4,000 rpm

TRANSMISSION XTRONIC continously variable transmission (CVT); 2WD and 4WDX-Trail_Rear Style

EXTERIOR The new X-Trail has a bold all-new design and it looks more sophisticated, with more built-in quality. From a striking new front end to the muscular arches, along the flowing new character lines, and over the aerodynamic wraparound taillights, the X-Trail has been designed for dynamic motion. The stylish first impressions are enhanced by its signature standard LED daytime running lights and alloy wheels

INTERIOR The scenery outside may be rugged and desolate, but X-TRAIL’s accommodations are nothing like that. Sit back and enjoy tasteful touches like the panoramic moonroof, double-stitched soft leather appointments, LED interior lighting and gloss black trim with metallic accents. The flexible seating can take up to seven adults and objects up to two metres long. Even in the second row, the reclining seats are superb. The 60/40 split seat slides for easy access and adjusts to give a little more cargo space, more legroom, or anywhere in between.

SAFETY/SECURITY Nissan advanced safety technologies provide a more confident drive by keeping you informed of potential risks; features include blind spot and lane departure warnings

Saleh AlHamad AlMana Co will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Nissan X-Trail or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4428 3333.

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 61 Winter 2014/15 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 61 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.

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