2014 NISSAN X-TRAIL REVEALED
The new X-Trail has kept much of its concept forebear's styling, replacing the boxy utilitarian design of the current model with a sleek new look.
As a concept, the Hi-Cross is also larger than the current X-Trail in almost every direction, measuring 30mm longer, 55mm wider and riding on a 151mm longer wheelbase.
However, final dimensions for the production X-Trail have not been released. The production model will however be a five-seater in its regular form, with the option of a third-row to be offered.
The 2014 X-Trail is built on the Renault Nissan Alliance's new Common Module Family architecture, and the carmaker says the SUV will be offered in 190 countries.
Interestingly, Nissan has also opted to stay quiet on the X-Trail's engine options, but with a market debut not set to occur until early 2014, these details may still be under discussion.
Power for the Hi-Cross 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).
The carmaker has confirmed that, at least in Europe, buyers will have the option of two- and all-wheel-drive models, the latter controlled by Nissan's All Mode 4x4i system.
Watch for more technical details, and Australian timing, to be confirmed in the coming months.
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