The Nissan X-Trail is a compact or mid-size crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 2000. Due to its length gain in its third generation, it is now considered a mid-size crossover SUV. It was one of Nissan‘s first crossover SUVs and was released about the same time as several other companies competing car-based compact SUVs including the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Ford Escape and its Mazda Tribute sibling, the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.
The X-Trail is positioned below the truck-based Xterra and Pathfinder and was never offered by dealerships in the United States. The first generation was available in Canada until it was replaced by the Rogue. However, both the Rogue and the X-Trail are sold in Mexico. The Rogue shares the same platform as the second-generation X-Trail and is very similar to the Qashqai.
The X-Trail’s All-Mode 4×4 transmission transfer case enables the driver to select between 2WD, 4WD or 4WD Lock through an electronic switch on the dashboard. The company currently offers a hydrogen fuel cell model named the X-Trail FCV on lease to businesses.
The main production plants of the X-Trail are in Kanda, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan (2000–present); though parts and engines that are produced in Japan are also assembled by other Nissan plants in numerous countries.
Based on the jointly-developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, the third generation model incorporates styling cues from the Juke, Murano, and Patrol. Japanese production of the 3rd gen X-Trail originates from the Nissan Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd. factory. Production also began in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and was inspired by the Hi-Cross Concept., followed by the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, and the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Japanese sales commenced on December 11, 2013. Early models include MR20DD engine with Idling Stop (20S, 20X, 20X Emergency Brake package, 20X X-TREMER X, 20X Emergency Brake Package X-TREMER X), XTRONIC CVT, ALL MODE 4X4-i system for 4WD models, 2 or 3 (except 20S) rows of seats.
Autech Japan produced the X-TRAIL X-TREMER Package Stretched (2014): a concept vehicle based on Nissan X-Trail 20X X-TREMER X, with accessory parts and dedicated paint along with bold exterior features such as over fenders. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Chinese models went on sale from Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) in late March 2014.
Australian models went on sale in March 2014 with both petrol and diesel variants: ST 2.0 2WD 6sp. Man., ST, ST-L and Ti 2.5 CVT and TS 1.6 dCi 2WD CVT, TS 1.6 dCi 4WD CVT, TL 1.6 dCi 2WD CVT and TL 1.6 dCi 4WD 6sp. Man. On ST and ST-L 2.5, a 3rd row seats is available.
European models went on sale in July 2014 with the only engine available being a Renault sourced 1.6 dCi R9M diesel engine with CVT or 6sp. Man.
On September 12, 2014, prior to the Indonesia International Motor Show 2014, Nissan Motor Indonesia unveiled the 2014 MY 3rd generation Nissan X-Trail. It is only available with 3 rows of seats in three variants: 2.0 MT, 2.0 CVT with the MR20DD engine, and 2.5 CVT using the QR25DE engine. It is manufactured in Purwakarta, Indonesia primarily for domestic demand but was also launched in Thailand in November 2014 By manufactured in SamutPrakan, Thailand for Thai domestic demand.
In December 2014, Autech Japan produced the limited edition X-TRAIL 20X BLACK X-TREMER X for the Japanese domestic market.
In 2015, Nissan announced that a 48 MPG X-Trail Hybrid was going to be coming to Japan