Nissan’s X-Trail throws new punches

One of most prominent SUVs in the Nissan Stable, the X-Trail, has landed in South Africa with new outfit and equipment.

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“Building on a two-decade legacy, the X-Trail forms part of our commitment to continue Nissan’s long-standing heritage in the SUV market. With its generous seven-seat configuration, versatile luggage space and of course, how seamlessly it caters for the practicalities of day-to-day life, the premium crossover is the ideal addition to life’s on-the-road thrills,” says Kabelo Rabotho, Managing Director at Nissan SA.

What’s new?

From the outside, the lines remains sculpted but more important is the host of new driving assistance technologies to ensure safety and a refined interior.

The X-Trail lost its bulky body design with the arrival of the 2013 model range when it became more in line with the new design language of the smaller Nissan Qashqai that looks similar and which was launched internationally in 2014.

The current model saw the first light of day in 2021 and is now updated.

“The X-Trail is our family icon, with a heritage of over 20 years. It has remained true to its original recipe: robust looks, advanced and efficient all-wheel drive powertrains, and flexible practicality, which come together to enable family adventures.

The fourth generation X-Trail draws from a well-established DNA that runs through all three of the previous generations, and it is the perfect companion for all adventures, complemented with an exciting driving experience on all terrains,” says Stefan Haasbroek, Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Africa.


Available in three variations – the Visia CVT, Acenta CVT, and Acenta Plus CVT – all boast Nissan’s four-cylinder petrol engine of 2.5l, churning out 135 kW and 244 Nm of torque – with increases of 9 kW and 11 Nm from the outgoing model.

All models use a CT transmission to get the power down to the wheels.


The vehicle offers notable technologies, including 4x4 driving capabilities. Through features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Predictive Front Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Emergency Braking, and ProPilot – among others – it ensures the driver is well supported in all situations.

The new Nissan X-Trail also boasts a protective driving experience through the Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system – intended to address potential driver fatigue and inattention. Added to this is an on-board computer functionality to let drivers keep track of the fuel consumption in their current trip to average consumption details that assist in calculating the range of fuel consumption.

The all-new X-Trail Acenta Plus provides three new displays, including a 12.3-inch intuitive touch screen, 10.8-inch head-up display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (TFT) allowing drivers to customise information in the most convenient way.


Pricing starts at R649 900 for the Visia CVT, R709 900 for the Acenta CVT, and R759 900 for the Acenta Plus CVT and it is now available at dealers.

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