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Nissan X-Trail
2001–2006 Nissan X-Trail
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2001–present
Assembly Samut Prakan, Thailand
Fukuoka, Japan
San Yi Miao Li Hsien, Taiwan,
Cairo, Egypt
Successor Canada: Nissan Rogue
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive

The Nissan X-Trail is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 2001. It is Nissan's first crossover SUV and was released at the same time as several companies introduced car-based compact SUVs including Ford with their Escape and its Mazda Tribute sibling, Hyundai with their Santa Fe and GM with their Pontiac Aztek.

The X-Trail is positioned below the truck-based Xterra and Pathfinder. The second-generation X-Trail, launched in 2007, did not arrive to Canada and United States, where it was replaced by the Rogue. However, both the Rogue and X-Trail are sold in Mexico. The Rogue shares the same platform as the second-generation X-Trail and is very similar to the Qashqai.

The company currently offers a hydrogen fuel cell model named the X-Trail FCV on lease to businesses.



Available only in the Japanese market is the SR20VET that produces 206 kW (280 hp) and is used in the X-Trail GT. The Australian model is powered by a QR25DE 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine initially producing 132 kW (177 hp) From January 2006, the Australian-spec engine was detuned to 123 kW (169 hp). Also available is the QR20DE 4-cylinder engine, producing 103 kW (140 hp) or 110 kW (150 hp) with manual or automatic transmission. The biggest selling engine in the UK is the YD22DDTi, a 2.2 litre turbo-charged common-rail diesel. The X-Trail has had three model revisions, the Series 1 and Series 2 (using Nissan FF-S platform) and the Series 3 (using Nissan/Renault C platform). There were various cosmetic and engineering changes made between series 1 and 2 but the series 3 is all new despite a similar appearance with new engines apart from the 2.5L which has been retained.

First generation (2001-2007)

First generation
2001-2006 Nissan X-Trail
Production 2001-2007
Platform Nissan FF-S platform
Engine(s) 2.0 L 140 bhp I4
2.5L 165 hp I4
2.2L 136 bhp common-rail turbo diesel I4
2.0L 280 hp turbo SR20VET (Japan only)
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5 and 6-speed manual
Wheelbase 103.3 in (2624 mm)
Length 4WD: 175.4 in (4455 mm)
2WD: 177.6 in (4511 mm)
Width Pre-Facelift: 69.5 in (1765 mm)
Facelift: 69.2 in (1758 mm)
Height Base: 65.9 in (1674 mm)
SLX & 4WD: 68.9 in (1750 mm)
Related Nissan Primera
Nissan Almera
Nissan Sentra
Nissan X-Trail FCV

The first-generation X-Trail uses the Nissan FF-S platform, shared with the Nissan Almera and the Nissan Primera. The X-Trail was sold in Canada for the 2005 and 2006 model years, and in Mexico since 2003. In the UK the first-generation car was available in S, Sport and SE+ between launch and 2004. The trim levels were then revised to SE, Sport, SVE and T-Spec. At this point all models were equipped with full electric windows, electricity adjustable door mirrors (on SVE & T-Spec they were electrically folding also), climate control, single CD player, 4 airbags and remote central locking. The trim levels were once again revised in 2006.Currently Nissan in still selling the nissan X-Trail T30 model in some countries,and is called the Nissan X-Trail Classic.


Media coverage

In 2006, Nissan launched a Nissan X-Trail Bonavista Edition commercial featuring a Nissan dealer speaking in an incomprehensible Newfoundland accent. [1] The commercial itself backfired when Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald claimed it had portrayed people in Bonavista as people who cannot speak properly. To further expose the commercial's lack of linguistic authenticity, CBC News reported the sales rep was played by an actor from Cape Breton [2].

That commercial was parodied by a local car dealer in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in a radio ad that takes shots at Ontario marketing companies and Premier Dalton McGuinty's "nondescript" personality.[3]


In mid 2002 Nissan Launch a special edition X-trail with a SR20VET engine with 280 hp which has more power than a 4.0 v6 petrol engine.This model was built in limited numbers and was very costly.This engine was one of the best SR engine ever to be built.It was offered in the japanese market only.

Second generation (2007-present)

Second generation
2008 Nissan X-Trail
Production 2008-
Platform Nissan C platform
Engine(s) 2.0L I4
2.0L 150/173 bhp common-rail turbo diesel I4
Transmission(s) 7-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 103.5 in (2629 mm)
Length 182.3 in (4630 mm)
Width 70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height 2WD: 66.5 in (1689 mm)
4WD: 69.7 in (1770 mm)
Related Nissan Sentra
Nissan Rogue
Renault Koleos
Nissan Qashqai

The 2008 Nissan X-Trail gave its public debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show in March, and went on sale in Europe in the third quarter of that year.

Slightly bigger that the previous model, it is based on the Nissan C platform. This X-Trail appeared in Europe in the first part of the 2007 and towards the end of the year in Australia and Mexico, but not in the United States and Canada where it was replaced by the Rogue.

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