You can tell how important is a region for an automaker by the time it takes to bring over a certain model. The Rogue was unveiled in the US back in June 2020 but it wasn't until July this year when the equivalent X-Trail made its debut at home in Japan. It's now Europe's turn to get the midsize SUV, complete with three-row seating, optional all-wheel drive, and an electrified powertrain with a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
Looking oh so familiar inside and out, the X-Trail destined for the Old Continent is big enough to host passengers up to 160 centimetres tall on the rearmost seats. As for the second-row bench, it has a 60:40-split configuration and can slide forward to make it easier for people to access the third row. With the seats in place, the cargo capacity stands at 585 litres or 20 litres more than its predecessor.
Nuova Nissan X-Trail (2022)
The combustion engine we mentioned earlier doesn't actually drive the wheels. Instead, the three-pot unit with a 1.5-litre displacement is used to generate the necessary electrical energy for the battery, which is then fed to the electric motor. This method prompts Nissan to say the X-Trail behaves pretty much like an EV, offering its full 330 Newton-metres (243 pound-feet) of torque virtually instantly. That e-motor is good for 201 bhp, enabling a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in eight seconds.
Nissan will also be selling the X-Trail in Europe with AWD by installing an electric motor on each axle for a combined output of 210 bhp. In the all-paw configuration, the SUV will complete the sprint in 7 seconds for the five-seat model and 7.2 seconds with seven seats. Not that many people care about top speed when buying such a vehicle, but the single-motor setup maxes out at 106 mph (170 km/h) whereas the dual-motor configuration enables a maximum velocity of 112 mph (180 km/h).
Elsewhere, it's the same Rogue we're all familiar with, featuring a 12.3-inch driver's display and an infotainment touchscreen of the same size. On the outside, the body is available in 10 colours, along with five two-tone shades.
Already available to order in the UK, the X-Trail kicks off from £32,030 where it's the only seven-seat electrified SUV in segment.