According to Nissan, the new 2018 Nissan X-Trail will feature the “boomerang” light signature and an adaptive front lighting system. The biggest improvement outside the X-Trail, however, is the addition of a stretched chrome molding across the base of the two front doors.
2018 Nissan X-Trail Changes
The 2018 Nissan X-Trail changes are very subtle. Changes at the front include a wider grille, plus a revised front apron with shiny black inserts and new rectangular fog lights. In addition, the headlight groups have been slightly revised, and Nissan says that halogen and full-LED units now have slightly different designs. LED units now have adaptive features for the first time. The rear changes are even harder to spot, but there’s a new chrome band in the rear bumper, and the rear lights have been upgraded to solid LED units. Two new 17 and 18-inch wheel models list options, with four fresh paint colors.
The biggest change to the profile of the 2018 Nissan X-Trail is the addition of a chrome side trim at the base of the two doors. Creating a more dynamic appearance is the standard on Tekna grade. A new range of 17-inch (Visia and Acenta) and 18-inch (N-Connecta and Tekna) alloy wheels are now standard, with the existing 19-inch wheels (optional on Tekna) taken from the previous model. The improvements resulted in a very slight change in the overall length of the car – an increase of 50 mm means that it is now 4,690 mm from the bumper to the bumper. The width of the new X-Trail (1 830 mm), its height (1 710 mm) or its wheelbase (2 705 mm) do not change. Exterior changes did not affect the aerodynamic performance of the new X-Trail, with a Cd rating of 0.32.
2018 Nissan X-Trail Engine
The 2018 Nissan X-Trail cabin has also been updated, with the infotainment interface and some materials having a better overall tactile quality than the pre-facelift models. You can still opt for a seven-seat option for the Visia specification (standard on high specification Tekna variants), while the engines have been reported. These include a 2.0-liter gasoline with 106kW and 200Nm, a 1.6-liter dCi making 96kW and 320Nm and a 2.5-liter gasoline gathering 126kW and 233Nm. The entry-level model comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission while a CVT is available for 2.5-liter gasoline models. Strangely, diesel models are paired with a six-speed manual, which according to the company is due to the fact that there is little demand for an automatic diesel in the segment.
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Mechanically, the 2018 Nissan X-Trail retains the same engines and transmission. The 4×4 gets a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 171 horsepower and 233 Nm of torque, while the 4×2 gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 144 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission, which offers a balance of performance and economy. The 4×4 model also benefits from Nissan’s 4×4-i system that automatically distributes power to the wheels that need the most traction. The 4×4-i integrates technologies such as the Nissan Active Trace Control version of the active vectorization of torque.