Sighting poor sales, Nissan discontinued the previous generation X-Trail SUV from the Indian market. Although a competent product, the pricing and rather conservative looks did not take off well with the Indian customer. Nissan however isn’t giving up on the premium SUV segment and is planning to launch the next-generation X-Trail in India. Launch dates (year) however is still unknown.
Unveiled at the 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new X-Trail is miles apart in terms of design language compared to its predecessor. Built around the CMF (compact module family) platform and a monocoque chassis, the new models is longer, wider and has a larger wheelbase too. Seating space is good for 7.
In the international markets, the X-Trail is available with engines ranging from 1.6L, 2.0L and 2.5L capacities. The 1.6L engine is a turbocharged diesel motor producing 129 BHP of power @ 4,000 RPM and 320 Nm of torque @ 1,750 RPM. Engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or a Xtronic CVT gearbox. This engine is available in both 2WD and 4WD options.
If Nissan opts to bring the car via the CKD route, it could generate decent interest in the market. The CBU option with the previous generation model made it an instant dud.
More juice should follow in the coming months, if Nissan is indeed planning to introduce this model in India.
Source – CarToq