The Japanese automaker Nissan introduced a compact crossover SUV, named the Nissan X-Trail, for the first time in 2001 and since then X-Trail has been in production. The X-Trail was launched at time when several other companies introduced their compact SUVs including: the Ford Escape and its Mazda Tribute sibling, the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.
Compared to truck-based Xterra and Pathfinder, the X-Trail is a step below. X-Trail never went to US market rather it was sold in Canadian market until 2006 when Nissan Rogue replaced it there. In Mexico, both X-Trail and Rogue are sold alongside each other. The Rogue is based on the second generation X-Trail platform and is identical to Qashqai in look. At present, the hydrogen cell model called the X-Trail FCV is provided to businesses on lease.
The Japanese market receives the SR20VET engine delivering 206 kW (280 hp). It is mounted in the X-Trail GT. The Australian version, on the other hand, is equipped with a QR25DE 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine initially delivering 132 kW (177 hp) but it was detuned in January 2006 to generate only 123 kW (169 hp). The Australian version also receives a QR20DE 4-cylinder engine, delivering 103 kW (140 hp) or 110 kW (150 hp) mated to either manual or automatic transmission. In the United Kingdom, the 2.2-L turbo-charged common-rail YD22DDTi diesel engine is the most popular one. Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 are the three model revisions made in X-Trail. The first two series were based on Nissan FF-S platform and the third series is based on Nissan/Renault C platform.
First Generation (2001–2007)
The first generation X-Trail was launched by Nissan in 2001. It was built on Nissan FF-S platform sharing it with the Nissan Almera and Nissan Primera. The X-Trial was sold in many countries. For instance, it was sold for 2005 and 2006 models in Canada, though it was continued to be marketed in Canada by Nissan Canada until 2007. It has been in Mexican market since 2003. The X-Trail is also sold in Philippines since 2003. In 2005 and 2007, two facelift models were also released.
Three trim levels were introduced in the UK for the first generation X-Trail including S, Sport and SE+. Later, the trims were revised and became SE, Sport, SVE and T-Spec. During that time, all the X-Trail models featured full electric windows, electricity adjustable door mirrors (on SVE & T-Spec they were electrically folding also), climate control, single CD player, 4 airbags and remote central locking. In 2006, the trim levels were again revised. In several countries, the X-Trail T30 model is still marketed under Nissan X-Trail Classic name
Nissan X-Trail GT Turbo
A special edition X-Trail was introduced by Nissan in 2002. It was powered by a SR20VET engine with an output of 280 ho (209 kW). It was only released in Japan.
Second Generation (2007–Present)
The second generation X-Trail was introduced in March 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show. The sales began in the third quarter of 2007 as 2008 model year.
It is built on Nissan C platform and slightly larger than its predecessors. The X-Trail went on sale in Europe in 2007 followed by its launch in Australia and Mexico in the last quarter of 2007. However, X-Trail was not offered in United States and Canada where Nissan Rogue fill the place for it. In August 2010, a facelift model of X-Trail was released with minor changes.