New petrol engine for Nissan X-Trail
Nissan has introduced a new entry-level version of its X-Trail seven-seat SUV. The new model, badged 1.6 DIG-T 163, is available to order now, priced from £21,995.
Lowering the entry-point to the X-Trail range by some £1,460, the new car is fitted with a 161bhp turbocharged petrol engine, making it the first time this generation X-Trail has been offered with petrol power in the UK.
The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder unit, which is also available in the smaller Qashqai crossover, returns a claimed 45.6mpg and emits 145g/km CO2, meaning annual tax bills of £145 under the current rules.
Performance is leisurely, but adequate for a family car, with 0-62mph taking 9.7 seconds. The X-Trail's top speed is 124mph.
This entry-level model is only available in two-wheel-drive configuration, and is offered solely with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers looking for the extra traction of four driven wheels will have to opt for the 1.6-litre diesel – the sole alternative in the range.
However, buyers will be able to spec their petrol X-Trail in all trim levels, from entry-level Accenta to range-topping Tekna, which are available from £28,145. The first customer deliveries are expected in August.