The Japanese certainly spurred the growth and adaptation of the Compact Crossover SUV in the early noughties. Companies like Toyota and Honda rushed in to form the foundation that all crossover SUVs follow to this day. The philosophy behind these vehicles was simple: make them look modern, use monocoque construction, equip them with efficient engines, and above all, make them affordable for the masses. At the turn of the century, following this navigable trail was the Nissan X-Trail (pun intended). After over 20 years, Nissan recently unveiled the all-new fourth-generation X-Trail at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show in China.
Built on a modernized version of the Renault-Nissan CMF-C architecture, the fourth-generation X-Trail has arrived as model-year ‘22. However, do note that the Japanese auto giant had already launched this gen of the X-Trail in the North American market as the new Rogue. Irrespective, the 2022 Nissan X-Trail brings forth several skin-deep, mechanical and technological upgrades over its third-gen precursor. As far as styling is concerned, the 2022 X-Trail sports a more brutish and upright frontal design, while rocking the Nissan-signature V-motion grille with aplomb. These are supplemented by the sharply-cut upper LEDs that form the X-Trail’s DRLs whilst the main headlamps are incorporated into the bumper.
The front bumper also gets air channels carved into them and a satin-silver faux skid plate adds to the SUV effect. In the meantime, the strong creases on the hood lead to the X-Trail’s sharply-sloped A-pillar and a mildly-raked roofline. Nissan has tried to infuse the ‘floating roof’ effect here, while there is chrome lining the upper window line and the bottom of the doors. The diamond-cut dual-tone alloy rims go quite nicely with the crossover’s black body cladding and pronounced wheel arches.
Meanwhile, the revised rear of the 2022 X-Trail gets a roof spoiler, a thick bumper with a faux skid plate, a sculpted tailgate, and stylish tail lamps. The overall exterior design of the latest-gen Nissan X-Trail surely makes it stand out in more ways than one.
Stepping inside the 2022 Nissan X-Trail will certainly not be as boring an experience as the older one. Nissan has worked on making this cabin feel like a more premium, cohesive and modern space, and it seems like they have done a good job. The leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel gets along well with the layered dashboard, while there’s lots of stitched leather all over the place. Combine that with the pseudo wood on the center console & dashboard plus a stubby but funky gear selector, this cabin is not boring at all. Furthermore, you get a vivid 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 9-inch touchscreen head unit, with some markets even getting a massive 10.8-inch head-up display.
Nissan has also not stepped back when it comes to equipping the 2022 X-Trail with other features. For instance, the SUV comes with the brand’s digital RearView Monitor, Around View Monitor, “Nasa-inspired” Zero Gravity seats with quilted semi-aniline upholstery, remote engine start, three-zone automatic climate control, active noise cancellation, a motion-activated tailgate, a wireless charger, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, an electric parking brake, and selectable terrain modes.
Depending on the market, the 2022 Nissan X-Trail can be had with a plethora of passive and active safety features, too. In the Chinese market, the X-Trail will be powered by a new 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine boosted by an electric motor. The hybridized marriage results in an output of 187hp and 320Nm of torque. Moreover, the China-spec 2022 X-Trail gets AWD and a CVT gearbox.