Sold out to nearly seven million copies since its debut, the fourth generation Nissan X-Trail finally sets its wheels on French soil. Already marketed in North America and Asia, this new iteration of the crossover based on the same modular CMF-B platform as the Qashqai starts its career with us from €42,700 for an Acenta e-Power 204 hp version.
In this X-Trail e-Power version, the SUV is equipped with a very original hybrid engine, based on a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with variable compression ratio, a generator, an inverter and an electric motor located at the front. Total power is 204 hp for 330 Nm of torque. The specificity of this system is that the power transmitted to the wheels comes exclusively from the electric motor. A feature we’ve already seen on the last Honda Civic, for example.
Only the electric motor drives the wheels
The advantage of this system is that the driving experience is quite similar to an electric car with almost instantaneous throttle response thanks to the torque available immediately. Itou, the heat engine, always operating in its optimal speed range, increases its efficiency. However, even if the consumption figures announced by the manufacturer – which we will not fail to verify in a future test – are interesting with a combined average consumption between 5.6 and 6.2 l, it is nevertheless necessary to make the total.
Nissan guarantees, however, that the engine running only at the required speed, usually low in urban and suburban areas, operating silence benefits from an 8 dB gain in the city compared to the competition. On our side, we are curious to see how the transmission behaves. Has Nissan opted to just use a single-speed gearbox, or does it simulate gear shifts, like a video game console like the Civic?
2 electric motors for 4-wheel drive
The Nissan X-Trail e-Power will also be available in an all-wheel drive version called the e-4ORCE. This version is enriched with a second electric motor positioned on the rear axle and the set develops a total power of 213 hp. However, we do not know at the moment if it will be possible to decouple this engine from the transmission if necessary.
Meanwhile, according to Nissan, this transmission distributes torque to the rear wheels 10,000 times faster than a conventional mechanical system. In addition, constant torque redistribution and near-perfect weight distribution contribute to safer handling and ride comfort. Reduced vehicle pitching and diving. In addition to optimizing the distribution of torque between the front and rear, the system applies a specific level of braking to each of the four wheels. Regarding braking, Nissan also integrates in its X-Trail e-Power the One-Pedal system that brakes the car (0.2G) just by releasing the accelerator, without, however, stopping.
Hybrid and 7 seats
While the bodywork has benefited from some aerodynamic tweaks and a more muscular line, the cabin has a certain uniqueness. In fact, the Nissan X-Trail is available in a 5 or 7 seater version, making it the only electrified 7 seater crossover in its segment… crossovers under 4.8m. The Kia Sorento, for example, offers a 1.6 T-GDi hybrid engine with 230 hp and up to 7 seats.
However, the Nissan X-Trail e-Power is currently only available in 7-seater e-4ORCE all-wheel drive. In this configuration, the luggage compartment volume is 485 l if the seats are located on the floor. The volume rises to 575 l in the 5-seat configuration.
In terms of equipment, the new X-Trail is quite well equipped with a digital instrument cluster coupled with a 12.3-inch infotainment system each. A second head-up display is set at 10.8 inches. The crossover has the good idea of having kept the manual controls for the air conditioning.
Finally, in addition to NissanConnect Services connected services and various driving aids with emergency braking, signal reading, blind spot monitoring, etc., the Nissan X-Trail e-Power offers level 2 autonomous driving with restart assistance. in traffic jams and speed management according to the signs.
price and availability
The Nissan X-Trail range starts today from €42,700 for a 204 hp Acenta e-Power version.