In North America, we know it as the Rogue. Still, most of the world is more familiar with the X-Trail name. In both cases, we are about to see a complete overhaul in the next year. This compact crossover is vastly important for the Japanese manufacturer. It is one of the most popular models in the class and also one of the biggest money-makers for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Therefore, we expect that Japanese engineers will put special attention to the 2021 Nissan X-Trail. Novelties are expected in all aspects but particularly in those things that are considered as weak points in the current generation, which primarily refers to driving characteristics.
Of course, we count on an even better interior design and even more technologies as well. The testing model has already been spotted and we presume it will hit the market in about a year, or maybe even earlier.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Redesign
The testing model has been driving around for some time and although it still wears a complete camouflage, we may presume some of the most basic design characteristics. Of course, the first thing we should mention is the platform. We are pretty sure that we won’t see anything radical in this case. We expect to see an updated version of a familiar CMF platform, which underprints the current model as well.
Naturally, the new version of this platform should bring improvements in various aspects. The current model is great in many ways but definitely lags behind the competition in terms of handling and overall driving characteristics. Of course, improvements in other aspects are also expected, including weight reduction, fuel efficiency and similar things.
When it comes to the exterior design, the only thing we can say for sure is that dimensions are about to remain similar. The current model features typical compact dimensions, with the wheelbase that goes around 106.5 inches. The new 2021 Nissan X-Trail should get much bigger, though we may expect some new design solutions that would provide more space inside and better overall practicality.
In terms of the styling, it is still early to talk about the details, as the testing model still wears a complete camouflage. Still, we can see a couple of details through it. For example, it is obvious that the new version of V-Motion grille will be bigger and that will feature multiple horizontal stripes. When it comes to headlights, some reports suggest we could see a similar setup to the new Juke. Naturally, the rest of the vehicles will get new design solutions as well. We count on a little bit sharper overall approach, though the overall shape shouldn’t be much different. More details should be known soon.
This compact crossover never had problems with the interior design, so we don’t expect them with the new generation either. Although introduced seven years ago, the current model still features one of the nicest cabins in the class. You can see hi-quality materials throughout the whole cabin, while the dashboard looks quite upscale. Also, the cabin is loaded with tech features. Finally, both rows of seats are spacious, while the cargo area features respectable figures as well.
Therefore, we have big expectations from the new 2021 Nissan X-Trail. From what we can see on spy shots, the new model will be significantly digitalized. The instrument cluster will be completely digital, while the center stack will feature an even larger touchscreen. Still, the new model will keep a couple of analog controls underneath the new screen. Also, the center console will feature rotary button for the infotainment system, as well as a modern electronic gear shifter. Slight improvements in terms of space and sound insulation are among other things we expect to see.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, it’s hard to predict anything more specific. The current generation has been significantly updated during the production cycle, so we don’t expect significant changes. Without any doubt, the new 1.3-liter turbo-four will carry on in the same way, with a max output of around 160 horsepower. On the other side, a 1.6-liter unit may get some power boost.
Considering that Europe is one of the main markets for this model, we also count on diesel versions in the offer. Of course, the first one that comes to mind is a 1.6-lite dCi, with around 130 horsepower. A bigger 2.0-liter unit, which is good for about 177 hp in the current model should carry on as well. Once again, we count on both manual and automatic gearboxes in the offer.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Nissan X-Trail on the market in about a year, while the premier should take place at some of the major car shows, a couple of months earlier. Details about the price are yet to come, but we don’t expect a significant increase.