The next generation of the popular compact crossover is on the way. The North American version has already been presented, with the Rogue name, while the rest of the world should see the all-new 2021 Nissan X-Trail in the near future as well. Traditionally, the two nameplates are practically the same model, we know pretty much everything about the next-generation model. It will bring notable improvements in various aspects, in order to compete with in the world’s most competitive segment, where you have models like Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan etc.
At this point, we know how the new model will look like. Furthermore, we know most of its mechanics, as well as new dimensions. On the other side, we are still waiting for the exact details about the powertrain. We presume that the initial version will come with familiar units in the offer, while the electrification is expected in the following years. The new model should hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the upcoming 2021 Nissan X-Trail redesign is about to bring improvements in various aspects. Still, the perfect word to describe this redesign would be evolution. The new model continues to ride on the company’s well-known CMF platform. Of course, it has been updated but the overall layout remains pretty similar to the previous models.
A part of the chassis utilizes some lightweight materials, so you may count on notable weight savings. Furthermore, the new model will get a completely new suspension setup. You may count on an advanced independent rear suspension, which will have a significant impact on both comfort and performance. On the other side, we are pretty sure that off-road performances won’t be particularly amazing, but that has never been a strong point of this compact crossover.
When it comes to the exterior design, the first thing you will notice is the styling. Of course, the front end is the prominent one and it follows the brand’s latest design language. Of course, we are talking about the new version of the famous V-Motion grille, which is bigger and bolder now. Furthermore, there are new, separated lighting groups, which is something that will characterize this generation of Nissan crossovers and SUVs. On the other side, the overall shape remains quite the same, though we can notice a little bit sharper approach, especially at the rear end. The new model seems a little bit boxier, though it’s actually smaller than its predecessor.
New dimensions are another aspect of the 2021 Nissan X-Trail we should discuss. Interestingly, the new model is smaller. It features a one-inch shorter wheelbase, and it is also shorter and lower. Still, the Japanese manufacturer claims that won’t have a negative impact on interior space and overall comfort.
As we’ve just mentioned, the company claims that the smaller size won’t have a negative effect on passenger space and from what we can see, the new model actually offers a little bit more legroom than before. That particularly refers to the second row. On the other side, the cargo area is the aspect that has been sacrificed for a bit, but there’s nothing to worry about, as the amount of room is still more than decent.
When it comes to the cabin design, the first thing you’ll notice is the dash. It looks notably more attractive than before, thanks to finer materials and updated aesthetics. Still, the thing that makes a difference is a long list of tech goodies. There is a digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, a bigger touchscreen etc. Also, we like the new center console, which comes with an electric gear shifter instead of a traditional gear lever, which leaves more storage space and makes everything look far more attractive.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, details are still unavailable. We know for sure that the North American Rogue will carry on with a familiar 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. On the other side, we are still waiting for the list of engines in the rest of the world. In Europe, we presume that the new model will carry on with the same engines, initially. This would mean a 1.3-liter gasoline unit with 150 horsepower, as well as a 1.7-liter turbodiesel, which also delivers 150 horses. The diesel is expected to be paired with a CVT, while the gasoline engine should come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Australian models are expected to come with a 2.5-liter engine as well.
In the following years, we should see some forms of electrification as well.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Release Date
We are still waiting for the details about the launch date, but we have no doubt that the new 2021 Nissan X-Trail will hit the market by the end of the year. Of course, keep in mind that this model is sold all around the world, so the exact dates will vary from market to market.