Nissan’s all-new X-Trail is now available with a diesel engine in the Australian market, priced from $35,380 plus on-road costs.
The new X-Trail has been available locally in its current guise since April, but only the petrol-powered variants have been offered until now.
And like the petrol models, the X-Trail diesel will offer both two- and four-wheel-drive, but the differences to each line-up from there are vast.
While the petrol X-Trail offers a manual transmission only in its entry-level 2WD ST spec, the diesel flips this around by offering the six-speed manual exclusively with 4WD.
The Xtronic CVT automatic is available across the entire 2.5 litre petrol-powered range, but is only available with 2WD in diesel X-Trail models.
Customers can choose from two trim levels in the X-Trail diesel, with the cheapest being the TS variant in 2WD, matched with the CVT automatic.
It’s a $300 premium to step up to the cheapest manual, with the 4WD TS variant priced from $35,680 plus on-roads.
Topping the range is the TL model, but prices rise quite steeply to $46,280 and $46,580 plus on-roads for the 2WD CVT and 4WD manual models respectively.
Power comes from the same 96kW/320Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that drives the smaller Qashqai diesel range, replacing the 127kW/360Nm 2.0 litre engine from the outgoing X-Trail diesel.
While power and torque figures have taken a hit with the smaller engine, fuel consumption is now a low 5.3l/100km for all diesel models.
That compares with 7.4 l/100km for the outgoing X-Trail diesel and a best figure of 7.9 l/100km for the current petrol-powered model, thanks in part to standard stop/start engine technology.
Buyers looking for seven seats will have to stick with the 2WD petrol-powered X-Trail models, as the option is not offered for now with diesel variants.
Features for the TS model include 17-inch alloy wheels, a five-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and starting, Bluetooth and NissanConnect smartphone connectivity, along with an electronic parking brake for the 4WD manual.
The TL gets 18-inch alloys in place of the 17s and a seven-inch touchscreen, while adding leather trim, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, a DAB digital radio and self-levelling LED headlights.
Safety equipment in the TS includes a reversing camera, stability control, hill-start assist and six airbags, while the TL adds lane departure warning, blind-spot warning and ‘Around View Monitor’ (AVM).
Towing capacity is rated at 1500kg for the 2WD CVT models and 2000kg for the 4WD manual.
The 2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel in on sale now, backed by a three-year, 100,000km warranty and capped-price servicing.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2014 Nissan X-Trail Diesel
- TS 2WD CVT - $35,380
- TS 4WD manual - $35,680
- TL 2WD CVT - $46,280
- TL 4WD manual - $46,580
- (Premium paint - $495)