Nissan Terrano has been a great hit in our market and they might want to continue their golden run in the SUV segment with the possible launch of their premium SUV, X-Trail in India next year. The 2014, X-Trail which is already on sales in international markets may find its way to India.
The third gen X-Trail is built on the Common Module Family Platform of Renault-Nissan which helps in cost efficiency as it enables Nissan to take parts such as engine bay, suspension, different underbody sections and cabins from different cars of the same family and use in their new car.
The new X-Trail looks far more aerodynamic and stylish than before thanks to the new V-shaped typical Nissan front grille and sharp lines all over its body. The styling cues are from its elder siblings Juke, Murano and Patrol which adds to the macho character of this car. This will be a 7-seater SUV with sliding middle rows, new interiors with appealing trim and features.
In India, it’s likely to be available with both two wheels and all wheel drive system which comes with a rotary control on the central console. The 2.0L diesel engine will be same as before but slightly tweaked for improved performance and efficiency. Nissan may also add a new 1.6L diesel engine to the line up. X-Trail will also feature the X-Tronic CVT auto transmission of Nissan.
High pricing has been the biggest disadvantage for X-Trail in India and if now, Nissan can position this car aggressively in our market by localizing its production thanks to CMF then there are chances that Indian car buyers who are now inclined towards the SUVs might consider X-Trail a good hardcore off road and stylish SUV.