2014 NISSAN X-TRAIL
Nissan has released a first teaser image for what is likely to be the next-generation X-Trail SUV, ahead of a September 10 unveiling.
The teaser image is described a preview of the next US-market Rogue, which replaced the X-Trail in North America and is sold as that market's equivalent to the seven-seat Dualis+2.
Recent reports suggest the next Dualis will be offered only in the short wheelbase five-seat configuration, with the longer +2 model replaced by the new X-Trail/Rogue.
If true, that means the new model spied here will replace both the existing X-Trail and seven-seat Dualis variant, while the regular Dualis will get its own unique replacement.
The image shown here also ties in well with recent spy photos and leaked patent images, revealing that the new SUV will share much of its styling with the earlier Hi-Cross concept.
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.
In their current generations, the dimensions of the X-Trail and Dualis+2 are not separated by much, and both ride on the same 'Nissan C' platform with a 2630mm wheelbase.
As for the Dualis range, Nissan's small SUV remains Australia's second-best selling model in its segment, trailing the 11,021 year-to-date sales of the Hyundai ix35 with 8454 sales.
Watch for more details on this new Nissan SUV in the coming weeks.
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