The third generation Nissan X-Trail will be offered only as a hybrid in India and will be brought in as a CBU with an expected price tag between Rs. 32-35 lakhs.

2014 Nissan X-Trail
Nissan has not disclosed plans of introducing a diesel version in the future

Nissan is aiming to position itself as the maker of capable and desirable SUVs in India and will soon expand its lineup with the much talked about new generation X-Trail, set to make its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. Launched internationally in 2013, the X-Trail’s India launch has been long debated and will finally take place next month. However, the new X-Trail will be sold in a single variant and no, not in a diesel avatar but in a hybrid version powered by a petrol motor coupled to an electric drivetrain.

The Nissan X-Trail Hybrid is already on sale in a number of markets and gets the same creature comforts and features as the standard model. Available in 5-seater and 7-seater configurations, the India spec model is most likely to seat five and will directly compete with the petrol only Honda CR-V in the segment. The new X-Trail holds several good bits to its name being underpinned by Nissan’s modular CMF platform while the styling is certainly smart and young in-line with the Juke, Qashqai and other models in the company’s lineup.

Power on the Japanese spec Nissan X-Trail Hybrid comes from a 2.0-litre four-pot petrol engine, assisted with an electric motor that cumulatively produce around 189 PS and 367 Nm of torque. Nissan’s electronic 4WD is offered as standard along with the X-Tronic CVT gearbox. Given the fact that the automaker is bringing the new model as a CBU, the SUV will come loaded with electronic aids including Active Ride Control, Advance Hill Descent Control and Uphill Start Support along with ABS and EBD.

Talking about the pricing, the new generation Nissan X-Trail definitely won’t be cheap and is expected to fetch around Rs. 32-25 lakhs (ex-showroom). But being a hybrid, the SUV will fall under the FAME initiative that offers incentives to electric and hybrid vehicles which should help reduce the price marginally. The X-Trail will also be the first hybrid SUV to go on sale in the country and one of the few SUVs that doesn’t fall within the Supreme Court’s purview of banned vehicles in Delhi.

2014 Nissan X-Trail India Launch
The new X-Trail will act as a brand builder for Nissan in India

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