NISSAN X-TRAIL

Top marks for Africa's top selling SUV and Nissan’s top-of-the-range X-Trail 2.2 Turbo-Diesel 4X4.

Our particular test X-Trail was the range-topping 2.2 turbo-diesel, 4X4. Well actually it's can also be a 2X4. By a simple dash-mounted switch, you can switch the X-Trail from a "2WD" front-wheel-drive to "Auto", which will engage the rear wheels if the front wheels should lose traction... and disengage them the second you have traction again with the front wheels. Then you can also engage "Lock" which will engage diff-lock and put drive to all four wheels. With the vehicle in "Lock" you should be able to go almost anywhere. We tried to get stuck in beach-sand, so we could engage "Lock", but couldn't even manage that, so just drove around happily on the beach in 2WD-mode without any hassles (next time I'll look for some really soft stuff).

As would be expected, our X-Trail was fully kitted with every conceivable bell 'n whistle, from electrically-adjustable soft leather seats, front and side impact air bags for the front seats, privacy glass on the side windows (the tint-film is applied on the inside of the glass and is therefore better protected from lifting or scratching) and rear park sensors, which are the only external distinguishing feature of the new level of spec.

X-Trail, a vehicle to go anywhere with - in style, on tar or sand. No wonder it's such a great seller.

the very capable X-Trail will happily take you off the track less followed

the business-end of Nissan's X-Trail

 

the user-friendly controls, simple to use and all within easy reach

the enormous boot will swallow up even the "kitchen sink"

 

16" alloy rims come with the new package and what Nissan calls "hyper roof rails" – with driving lights in their leading edge – give new distinction to the top-end models. They have been designed to carry outdoor gear from canoes and mountain bikes.
The car's cabin will be familiar to current owners; similar instruments but more finger-friendly fascia controls for the ventilation system and I particularly liked the horizontal air vent that blows refreshingly cool air straight into the driver's face.
"It's the execution that has changed," Nissan explains "New, soft-touch materials provide an ambience of higher quality while detail ergonomic improvements make the X-Trail even easier to live with."
A three-position rotary switch replaces the previous array of buttons to electronically change from two-wheel drive to auto 4x4 and locked all-wheel drive and the can-holders at each end of the fascia have been linked to the air-conditioning. A single warm/chill multi-box ahead of the gear lever has replaced the refrigerated drink holders in the centre console.
The seat cushions have been redesigned for better thigh support and the upholstery is water-resistant. The luggage space, expandable with folding rear seats, comes with six floor-mounted metal retaining hooks and 13 hook points for an elasticised luggage net that can be positioned vertically.
The X-Trail's motors have been improved, too, particularly the already mentioned diesel which has a variable-nozzle turbocharger and bigger intercooler feeding a new common-rail injection system; turbo lag is not a hassle. This, Nissan says, has benefited fuel consumption and made the motor quieter.
The air-conditioning unit comes straight out of the new 350Z sports car.
 

SPECIFICATIONS:

4x4 / All Wheel Drive Specific

Approach Angle

29

Departure Angle

26

Gradient (Incline)

28

Rollover Angle (Slant)

48

Ramp Angle (Break Over)

159

Wading Depth

535 mm

Dimensions and Weight

Boot Capacity

410 litres

Load

1841 mm

Length

4455 mm

Ground Clearance

200 mm

Gross Laden Mass

2050 mm

Height

1750 mm

Licencing Mass

1511 mm

Width

1765 mm

Engine and Gearbox

Engine Layout

transverse inline 4

Cylinders

4

Aspiration

turbocharged

Valves

dohc 4 valves per cylinder

Bore / Stroke

86.0x97.0

Capacity

2184 cc

Compression Ratio

19.7:1

Ignition Type

compression

Gearbox Details

6 speed manual

Maintenance and Warranty

Oil Change Intervals

15000 km

Service Intervals

15000 km

Warranty Distance (Km)

100000

Warranty Period (Months)

36

Warranty

3 year/100000 km, 3 year paint, 3 year anti-corrosion

Performance

Fuel Capacity

60

Fuel Type

diesel

Fuel Supply

direct injection, intercooler, turbo

100 to 0 Seconds

3.09

Power Output

84kw@4000

Torque

270nm@2000

Auto Traction Control

yes

Limited Slip Diff

yes

Towing Capacity (KG)

2000

Turning Circle (Meters)

10.6

Turns Lock to Lock

3.1

Peripherals and Accesories

Automatic Air conditioner

yes

Climate Control

yes

Fog Lamps - Front

yes

Fog Lamps - Rear

yes

Remote Side Mirrors

yes

Remote Side Mirrors Electric

electric

Electric Windows

yes

Electric Window One-Touch

yes

Tinted Side Windows

yes

Tinted Windscreen

yes

Rear Screen Demister

yes

Sliding Roof

yes

Rear Screen Wiper

yes

Electric Seat Adj Detail

driver

Electric Seat Adjustment

yes

Rear Seat Split

60:40 split/fold/recline

Headrests - Front

adjustable

Headrests - Rear

3 adjustable

Radio And / Or Tape

yes

CD Shuttle

6 in-dash

Multi Function Steering Wheel

audio

Central Locking

remote

On Board Computer

no

Cruise Control

no

Cup Holders

2 front, 2 rear

Keyless Entry

remote central lock

Park Distance Control - Back

yes

Remote Boot Opener

yes

Remote Fuel Cap Release

yes

Security and Safety

Security System

yes

Alarm

no

Immobiliser

yes

Air Bag - Number

4

Air Bag - Driver

yes

Air Bag - Passenger

yes

Air Bag - Side

yes

Air Bag - Detail

driver, passenger, front sides

Hi Level Brake Light

yes

Power Steering

yes

Side Impact Protection

yes

Styling and Look

Body Style

Station Wagon (SUV)

Body Coloured Bumpers

yes

Body Coloured Mirrors

yes

Leather

yes

Doors

5

Seats

5

Wheels, Brakes and Steering

ABS

yes

Brakes front and rear

ventilated discs

Alloy Wheels

yes

Front Track

1530 mm

Rear Track

1530 mm

Wheel Base

2625 mm

Number of Wheels Driven

4

Tyre Size - Front

215/65 r16

Tyre Size - Rear

215/65 r16

Front Suspension

independent, macpherson strut, stabiliser

Rear Suspension

independent, parallel-link strut, stabiliser

Steering Type

rack and pinion power assisted

Steering Column Reach Adjust

no

Steering Column Height / Rake Adjust

yes

The X-Trail is priced at R305 900 for the 2,2-litre 4x4 diesel.

 

 

even though it's a SUV, with 6-speed manual gearbox it's still quite economical

the YD22 - 2.2-litre Direct Injection Diesel engine

 

Thanks to Sorita van der Walt and Nissan South Africa for the drive,

We enjoyed the X-Trail. It's one very capable vehicle with loads of great features.