2015 Nissan X-Trail_w Ambassador Nissan Malaysia (Edaran Tan Chong Motor) last week announced the 2015 Nissan X-Trail Crossover SUV in two versions, the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter AWD. The locally-assembled new Nissan X-trail features a contemporary design in a Crossover body form, a more refined interior, and for the first time, the Active Chassis Control technology.

The new Nissan X-Trail takes on a number of the marque’s signature cues such as Boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, the distinctive ‘V’-shaped Nissan grille and rear-combi lights, which are standard for both variants. Unique to the 2.5 4WD variant are first-in-class LED Headlights with auto function and Wing-mirror signal lights. Additionally, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels give the new X-Trail a striking and bold impression.

Inside the new X-Trail, refinements are emphasized by the soft touch instrument panel, front door and center armrest, as well as touches of chrome, geometric metallic and premium piano black finish. A 5+2 seating configuration makes for an exceptionally spacious cabin, particularly for instances when additional seating is required for children. It also has a maximum load capacity of 1,520 liters, with second and third row seats folded flat. Other features that go the extra mile for customer comfort and safety are the Zero-Gravity inspired seats to help reduce fatigue, a best-in-class 5-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) and a first-in-class 360 degrees Around View monitor for parking convenience.

The range-topping 2.5-liter AWD variant is powered with the QR25DE-k2 engine with Twin CVTC, providing a power output of 171 PS at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter two-wheel drive comes with the MR20DD direct fuel injection, twin CVTC engine for an output of 144 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. Both variants take on the Xtronic CVT with 7-speed manual mode, alongside an ECO mode.

With Active Ride Control system, the 2015 X-Trail has a more balanced ride thanks to the Active Engine Brake system which adjusts the amount of engine braking to assist drivers to reduce speed when cornering or stopping. In addition, the Active Trace Control system automatically applies small amounts of braking to the individual wheels to reduce understeer and help the driver maintain control around corners. The 2.5-liter X-Trail even has an All-mode Intelligent 4×4 system which offers up to three drive modes: two-wheel drive, Auto and Lock mode.

Permanent safety features like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control (2.5-liter) are added to the X-Trail’s comprehensive safety features list which include Dual airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) with Active Brake-Limited Slip (ABLS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA).

Nissan M’sia claims that the new Crossover SUV has garnered some 1,300 bookings, since its December 2014 preview. Priced at RM 142,800 and 165,800 on-the-road with insurance, the X-Trail comes in five body hues: Tungsten Silver, Titanium Olive, Diamond Black, Graphite Blue and Brilliant White. A standard 3-year warranty is also attached.

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