It will be India’s first fully hybrid SUV
2017 stands to be a promising year for the automotive industry. Almost all carmakers will try and grab the headlines with their products, be it facelifts, new-gen model updates or new models in their Indian portfolio. Amongst a sea of expected launches, lies a Nissan product which, on paper, translates to become an ideal vehicle for India. It is the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid that works well to serve two sides of the same coin - on one side it is an SUV and works well to lure SUV-hungry Indian customers and, on the other side it has a hybrid powertrain, which will help control rising levels of harmful air-pollutants.
Nissan has now revealed details of the India-bound X-Trail Hybrid. Under the hood, it will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine, producing 144PS of power and 200Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to an electric motor, which will draw its juices from a pack of lithium-ion batteries to produce 41PS of power and 160Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and a torque converter will be in place to minimize the loss of energy while shifting gears.
In terms of dimensions, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid is 4,650mm in length, 1,820mm in width and 1,710mm in height. With a wheelbase stretching 2,705mm in length, the new X-trail promises to be a roomier wagon than its predecessor. The new-gen X-Trail will get a ground clearance of 210mm, which will be significantly better than its rivals.
As you’d expect from a car of this size and segment, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid will be packed with features. On the outside, it will wear 225/65 R17 tyres, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, rear doors which will open up to 80 degrees for easier ingress and egress and an electrically operated auto tail-gate. Inside the cabin, the car is expected to feature the segment-usual leather upholstery, a Bluetooth enabled infotainment system and, safety features such as ABS+EBD and half-a-dozen airbags. Nissan is also boasting about something called a Around View Monitor, which delivers a bird’s eye view of the vehicle using four cameras mounted outside. The idea is to help the driver get the car in and out of tight spaces with ease.
Other safety, performance and security related features include Active Engine Braking, Active Trace Control, Active Ride Control, Hill Start Assist, Active Brake Limited Slip and Vehicle Dynamic Control.
Now to the price. Nissan X-Trail will come via CBU route to India. That means it will attract a hefty import tax. With a five-seater configuration, the X-Trail is a direct competition to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Skoda Yeti. But price-wise, it is expected to cost close to Rs 30 lakh, which is Toyota Fortuner money. Even at that price, I believe the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid is a must consider if you are spending anything close to the same price bracket.
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