Patent drawings of the new Nissan X-Trail, expected to make its début next year, were leaked online: at first glance it seems that the car has inherited much of the stylistic language of the Hi-Cross Concept, unveiled by the Japanese manufacturer at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. If the drawings were genuine, we should expect a totally revised SUV in terms of aesthetics and a more aggressive and fluid design than the model currently on the market. According to the latest rumours there should also be an X-Trail variant equipped with a third row seats.
If we referred to the Hi-Cross Concept’s size, we expect the third-generation X-Trail to have a 2780 mm long wheelbase, an overall length of 4660 mm, a width of 1850 mm and a height of 1670 mm. Nissan Hi-Cross Concept used a hybrid platform designed for front-wheel drive cars, consisting of an electric motor and a four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine with direct injection. This unit had performance similar to a 2.5-litre and, according to the Japanese manufacturer, very low consumptions.
The car was equipped with a new XTRONIC continuously variable transmission, more refined and advanced than the CVT fitted on the standard X-Trail: according to Nissan engineers this gearbox would reduce fuel consumption by 10%, as well as ensuring quicker and more powerful acceleration. The X-Trail production version will be offered in a wide range of petrol and diesel units also available with all-wheel drive.