There was this time when every vehicle had a purpose and they were indeed very good at that. From Mitsubishi Pajero to Nissan X-Trail, from Maruti Suzuki Baleno to Hyundai Accent. Today let us look at one such a gem vehicle; the Nissan X-Trail. Reading out the name says it all, the X-trail was built to last. It was one of the favourite weapons for hooligans to go wandering. The Nissan X-Trail had a life span of 9 years, from 2005 to 2014. Before further wasting time, let’s see how was the X-Trail in India.

Engine and Transmission

X-Trail | Engine and suspension
Nissan X-Trail | Engine and suspension

Back in those days having a powerful engine was just a dream. Well, Nissan X-Trail had one thing less to complain about. Talking about the numbers, the SUV offered a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. This motor was capable of producing 150ps of peak power and a whopping 320Nm of peak twist. For the time, these numbers, one could achieve only in dreams here in India.

Engine Specifications

Engine 2.0-Litre Turbo Diesel
Transmission 6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Automatic / with 4X4
Power 150ps@4,000 rpm
Torque 320Nm@2,000 rpm

Shifting our focus, there were two transmission options to choose from, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Both of which could drive all the 4-wheels of X-Trail.

How was the Ride and Handling?

Nissan X-Trail | Ride and Handling
Nissan X-Trail | Ride and Handling

Let me tell you, Nissan is one of the carmakers making some of the best handling vehicles here. Nissan Kicks is what, that won our hearts when it came to handling and ride comfort. Nevertheless, let’s save this story for some other day. Coming back to Nissan X-Trail, it has exceptional ride quality. After all, it is an SUV it should have one, but mind you this is no an ordinary SUV. Unlike any other SUV, independent multi-link suspension at the rear and independent struts in the front was installed in the X-Trail. This setup ensures it glides over anything, mind you ANYTHING!

The Electronic Assisted power steering was a breeze to operate in any conditions, be it city roads or slippery roads. For those Slippery roads, the SUV came with massive 17″ alloy wheels wrapped with 215/60 rubber and they were alloys. Beat that!

Was it Feature Loaded?

Nissan X-Trail | Feature Loaded
Nissan X-Trail was Feature Loaded

It’d not be surprised seeing the car in person and having a ton of features to keep the occupants comfy and entertained. This was the exact case with the X-Trail as it came with automatic climate control, 2-Din AM/FM CD Player with a 6 CD changer MP3 built-in. Talking about the sound, the car offered 6 speakers on the top-end trims. Cruise control and keyless entry and auto-lock was also a part of the package. The X-Trail also came with Bi-Xenon with projector headlamps for the best illumination possible at night.

Rugged Cabin
The Nissan X-Trail featured a washable rugged cargo bay

To uplift the cabin, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather upholstery were a part of the kit too. Wait, I haven’t finished. The driver seat and the co-driver seat both came with a heated function with the driver getting the electronic adjustment. The interior gets 40-20-40 split foldable seats to increase the storage. The Waterproof cargo area cold is easily washed. People in India just love the sunroof and X-Trail back then had one.

What about Safety Features?

Nissan X-Trail | Safety
Nissan X-Trail | Safety

Paying a premium for the car ensures a safe cabin for the occupants. The X-Trail was safe, how safe? you may ask. Well, ABS+EBD, BA, front airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags all were present in the Nissan X-Trail. That is not all, ESP, electronic selection Knob for 2WD, 4WD, and Auto and intelligent 4X4 driver train was a part of safety too. Active headrests, wherein it slightly moves forward in an accident and X-Trail had this.

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This is what the Nissan X-Trail was all about, do let us know in the comment section below what you think of this capable SUV.

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