The Nissan X-Trail started life way back in 2001. Now, nearly twelve years later, the Japanese SUV has not evolved much in terms of looks or character which could be one of the reasons why the X-Trail never really took off in the Indian market. Even with its potent diesel engine and AWD system, it was the 2WD, petrol powered Honda CR-V that saw the chunk of sales.
Even in the international markets, the X-Trail was not the volume puller for Nissan. Needless to say then, that the next gen X-Trail would offer a lot. Not too long ago, AutoCar UK reported that the next gen X-Trail could borrow its styling from the Hi-Cross concept which was shown in last year's Geneva Motor Show. It was also reported that a third row of seats would find its way inside the next X-Trail.
Today, we've substantial proof to verify those claims. What you see here are the patent drawings from a Chinese patent office obtained by Auto.sohu.com. At first glance, it looks exactly like the Hi-Cross concept and that is certainly a good thing. The 'boxy' styling seems to have been abandoned for a more futuristic look.
However, what comes as the biggest shot in the arm is the added third row seating. Check out those rear overhangs and it is very clear that the next gen X-Trail will be a 7/8 seater. Nissan would have taken feedback from markets like India, which suggest that third row seating is essential in a car of this stature.
The Hi-Cross concept measures 4,660 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1,670 mm in height which makes it bigger than the current X-Trail in all aspects. The added dimensions could translate into a roomier interior for the 3-row car.
While details such as the powertrain and the gearbox are still unknown, Nissan could use a 2.0-liter GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) or even a 2.0-liter turbo diesel coupled to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed X-Tronic CVT gearbox.
The Hi-Cross concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last year. Which makes us want to think that the production ready X-Trail could show its face at this year's Geneva Motor Show. We should have an answer to that question by the first week of March.
[Source - Auto.Sohu.com]