Previously the most powerful X-trail was a petrol 1.6 litre turbo with 160bhp and 2wd. Now a 175bhp 2.0 litre sits above the previous 1.6 litre 128bhp diesel and is available to order now.
Seeing a gap in the line-up when compared to other large family SUV’s from competing manufacturers, Nissan has launched a new more powerful engine.
The 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel has been available in other markets for some time but has now been upgraded to meet the Euro 6 standards and be sold in European markets.
The New 2017 Nissan X-Trail 2.0 litre diesel
The Vice President of Nissan Europe East, James Wright claimed that the addition of this engine is about offering something richer in the current SUV line up as it’s what the customer wants. He goes on to say that just over 40 per cent of X-Trails sold are the range topping Tekna spec and 4 Wheel Drive so the next step was to offer a top of the range engine to go with it and boost sales further.
The new 2.0 litre will fill a gap in the current market between the X-Trail and rival models such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Seat Ateca and newly released Skoda Kodiaq. All these competitors in the market have a high power diesel engine option, whereas the X-trail has only ever had a 1.6 litre that can’t compete with the 2.2 litre 194bhp of the Sorento and Santa Fe and the Volkswagen groups 2.0 litre 184bhp.
With the new engine comes a first for the X-trail series, automatic transmission paired with 4 wheel drive. 2 wheel drive is also available with the CVT automatic transmission and the manual six speed gearbox is available in four wheel drive only.
This new engine provides 380Nm of torque. This opens up the market for Nissan, to customers looking at towing and should boost interest with those looking to tow a horse box or caravan with limits of two tonnes for manual and 1,650kg for automatics.
The fuel economy and emissions figures are competitive, the 4WD manual manages 50.5mpg and 153g/km of CO2. The 2WD automatic posts exact mpg but 1g/km less CO2 while the 4WD automatic offers 47.1mpg and 162g/km