2014 Nissan X-Trail Previewed In New Patent Images: Report

TMR Team | Jan 24, 2013

Nissan's next X-Trail looks to have been given an unscheduled unveiling this week, thanks to a handful of images purported to form part of a new patent filing.

If accurate, the images, appearing on Chinese website Auto.Sohu.com, also confirm earlier suspicions that last year's Hi-Cross concept offered a glimpse of the new family SUV.

As with the next-generation Pathfinder, also revealed last year, the 2014 X-Trail will move away from the boxy utilitarian look in favour of a road-going family-focused style.

The new style of both models - and also of the new newly curvy Patrol - brings Nissan's older SUV models in-line with the more streamlined Murano, Dualis and Juke models.

In concept form - and likely in eventual production - the Hi-Cross is larger than the current X-Trail in almost every direction, measuring 30mm longer, 55mm wider and riding on a 151mm longer wheelbase.

Only in height does the X-Trail have the Hi-Cross beat, measuring 30mm taller.

Power for the concept is provided by a hybrid powertrain, pairing a 2.0 litre direct-injected petrol engine with the latest generation of Nissan's electric motor technology and a lithium-ion battery pack.

The new hybrid tech has been developed for front-wheel-drive cars, but in the case of the Hi-Cross, power can be sent to all four wheels in a part-time all-wheel-drive arrangement.

The hybrid sytem is mated to Nissan's new XTronic CVT automatic transmission, and Nissan says that the powertrain's overall performance is comparable with a 2.5 litre petrol engine (exact figures have not been offered).

Timing?

Expect the Hi-Cross to become the new X-Trail sometime this year, possibly appearing in production form at the Geneva or Frankfurt Motor Shows.

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  • Mr.Truth says,
    2 years ago
    7 likes
    The XTrail is actually THE BEST compact SUV [YES SMEE,SUV]on the market

    Not sure turning in into looking like all the others is a good thing?
    • Roger says,
      1 year ago
      The X-trail has needed a major makeover for a while. They will not make such a money cow less capable. I am looking forward to the 7-Seat clean-diesel version.
      • FrugalOne says,
        1 year ago
        1 like
        The X-trail has needed a major makeover for a while. They will not make such a money cow less capable. I am looking forward to the 7-Seat clean-diesel version.


        With PDF issues? No thanks [maybe UREA tank too]

        The glory days of diesel are over, its all hybrids and low blow small turbo donks future

        • Roger says,
          1 year ago
          1 like
          Maybe you are right, maybe not. rolleyes
          Maybe the amazingly efficient Clean-Diesel X-Trail will have a hybrid option for townies to suit you?cool

          But you are wrong about Diesel; especially now it can be grown and manufactured; rather than pre-exist.laugh

          Dont forget, the type of journeys a Diesel makes is not ***footing around town all day. Its also for slip-sliding on the snow, and chasing along on ice.biggrin
    • Roger says,
      1 year ago
      ALL vehicle companies are obliged to make their vehicles safer, with better visibility and with better pedestrian impact protection; hence the global jelly-mould mentality.
      What matters is how it drives, how it is in regards efficiency, how it functions on all terrains and how it looks is towards the end of the list, even if also important.
      e.g.
      Would you rather have a 50mpg 4x4 X-Trail or a 20mpg version which looks boxy?
      rolleyes
      • Mark says,
        7 months ago
        Boxy any day of the week! If I wanted an urbanised "Jones's" proxy styled vehicle I'd buy something else. The world's gone mad! mad
  • cyclone says,
    2 years ago
    Wy turn it into a high riding station wagon. Does everything have to be family oriented. Have car makers forgotten the DINKs in the world
  • Henry says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    it will look better once Nissan release the real Picture rolleyes
  • Lindsay says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Oh dear.
  • Lightning Rod says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    The current shape and mechanical package of the XTrail is a winner against many worthy competitors especially Toyota RAV. Why change a good thing?? mad
    I just dont understand the Nissan business model. rolleyes
  • Undercover says,
    2 years ago
    I have a new X-trail only 3 months old. Had the old T30 and it had done 260,000km with very little issues. New T31 is just the bit better in every way as you would expect. But i think the next gen is going to be a few steps back. There forgetting why people buy this model.

    If you want a soft road for the city, get a murano, dualis but for the capable off road ability and great dynamics keep the next X-trail coming from the same blood lines of the past few. (so to speak)
  • Mayks says,
    2 years ago
    WHY NISSAN WHY?? This looks like any other car, so easy to see that it will date so quickly, is that what you are trying to do? Majority want the more rugged look and feel, not something curvy and pretty. Well like lots of people on other pages commenting its time to look elsewhere.....you had a good thing here backed by large sales, the world does not need another Dualis you have done that Nissan, please make it more boxy!!!
  • aussiefx says,
    2 years ago
    Why oh why must they all become curvy slinky looking things. I love the boxy practicality of my current (2012) Xtrail. I makes packing the rear so much easier. Nissan - not everyone wants a curvy car where you can only actually use 1/2 the boot space. Square is good!
    • Vic says,
      2 years ago
      If this is the new X trail for 2014 I looking at something else my lease finishes and so will my connection to Nissan I dont want a copy of a Hyundai i35 or new pathsticooking rav4 we actually use our xtrail off road not just going to the shops
  • Roger says,
    1 year ago
    Looks like some Murano thrown into the mix? Not sure if they can keep that (low MPG) model going with the competition?
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