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X-Trail History

The compact crossover SUV, the X-Trail was introduced in 2001 by Japanese automaker Nissan. Featuring all-wheel-drive, the X-Trail also came with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. More than 50,000 X-Trails have been sold in the UK since its launch. Not only is it practical, but it was also capable both off road and on. The main competition for the X-trail was Toyota's RAV4.

The X-trail utilized the Nissan FF-S platform was Nissan's first ever crossover SUV. This vehicle was introduced at the same time that various companies introduced car-based compact SUV's that included the Ford Escape, the Sante Fe Hyundai, and the Pontiac Aztek. The X-trail was sold in numerous countries that included Trinidad, Tobago and Herzegovina. The main issue with the X-Trail was its weakness in the engine. Though the Nissan badge has always stood for reliability, minor problems popped up. The main problems were found in the 2.2-liter dCi diesel. The diesel could be problematic, but it did provide the best blend of economy and performance.

The Canadian version of the X-trail was positioned just below the truck-based Xterra and did not arrive before 2005 and was only sold for 2005 and 2006.

The 2008 X-Trail was introduced in March at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and went on sale in Europe later that summer. This version was 4630 mm in length was now based on the new Nissan/Renault Alliance C-platform platform. The S20VET was available only in the Japanese market that produced 206 kW. The model sold in Australia was powered by a WR25DE L 4-cylinder engine that originally produced 177 hp. The Australian spec engine was detuned to 169 hp after January of 2006. The QR20DE 4-cylinder was also introduced and was available with either manual or automatic transmission and could produce 140 hp or 150 hp.

In the United Kingdom the biggest selling engine was the YD22DDTi which was a 2.2 liter turbo-charged common-rail diesel. Three model revisions were introduced with the X-Trail, the Series 1, Series 2 and the Series 3. Numerous engineering and cosmetic changes were made in between series 1 and 2, but series 3 was brand new though it carried new engines apart from the 2.5L which had stayed the same.

The Nissan X-Trail Adventure was unveiled and only available in Iceland. Two base editions were offered, the Sport of the Elegance. 29' tires, reverse backup sensors, a towing hook, step plates and active headrests were included in the Adventure Edition. The X-Trail Adventure was priced between $50,000 and $54,000.

Currently the company offers the X-Trail FCV on lease to business, a hydrogen fuel cell model. The Nissan Rogue and the Nissan Qashquai replaced the X-trail. In Canada, Nissan removed to X-trail as of September 2007 to promote the new Rogue. In Latin America the second-generation X-Trail is sold alongside the related Rogue as of 2007.

The X-Trail was launched in Japan and came with a different grille than the one previously shown in Geneva. Various other styling elements were also unveiled.

By Jessica Donaldson
Nissan Models

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