The new Nissan X-Trail

The new Nissan X-Trail

The new X-Trail model from Nissan has been spied being tested in the United States.

The Nissan X-Trail is currently entering the final stages of it’s development

The SUV is currently entering into the final stages of it’s development before it’s official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, with United Kingdom sales tipped to be getting under way later on this year.

This new model is set to be given a much more clear position within the line-up of Nissan’s cars. When the Qashqai next generation model arrives at the start of next year, there will not be a seven seater version and so the X-Trail model will be the only offer of a seven seater SUV from Nissan.

Nissan previewed the new X-Trail extremely closely with it’s stylish Hi-Cross concept in 2012

Nissan previewed the new X-Trail extremely closely with it’s stylish Hi-Cross concept at the Geneva Motor Show 2012. The new Nissan X-Trail promises much more handling and road biased ride than the outgoing vehicle. Though insiders claim that the added dynamic and style improvements will not be coming at the expense of off road ability. It has been said that the new X-Trail model will be as capable as the current vehicle is when off road, when it is equipped with the optional all wheel drive system.

It has been said that front wheel drive is to be offered as standard to try and ensure that the economy is better than the current vehicle’s. The core engine for the model will be an updated version of the current Nissan X-Trail’s 2.0 litre diesel.

The interior of the new X-Trail was also previewed by the Hi-Cross concept at Geneva last year and is set to be improved in both quality and design over the current models. Standard levels of equipment will also be increasing.

The aim with the new model is to try and gain a success of sales against conventional saloons such as the Vauxhall Insignia and the Ford Mondeo. A source also revealed that building on the Nissan Qashqai’s popularity in its segment, the idea is to repeat this level of success in the D-segment.