2014 Nissan X-Trail has optional digital radio, LED headlights, CVT

The new smoother Nissan X-Trail has been launched in Australia available in either 5-seat front-wheel or all-wheel drive forms, or as a 7-seat front-wheel drive version.

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2014 Nissan X-Trail
2014 Nissan X-Trail

The new Nissan X-Trail range kicks off at A$27,990 for the ST. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels; second row seats that slide, recline, and split 40/20/40; cruise control; six airbags; and a reversing camera. The audio system features a 5-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM radio, CD slot, USB port, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, and NissanConnect that allows approved smartphone apps to be controlled via the car’s touchscreen.

Upgrade to the A$36,190 ST-L and you’ll find leather and faux leather for the seats, steering wheel, and gear knob; heated front seats; dual-zone climate control; front fog lights; and roof rails. The audio system sports a 7-inch touchscreen, sat nav, surround view camera system, and DAB+ digital radio.

The top-of-the-range A$44,680 Ti and there’s 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, kick-to-open tailgate, proximity entry key, rain-sensing wipers, sunroof, auto-dimming rear view mirror, blind spot monitoring system, and lane departure warning.

The entry-level manual ST is powered by a 106kW/200Nm 2-litre petrol engine, while the rest of the range has a 126kW/226Nm 2.5-litre engine under the hood hooked up to a continuously variable transmission.

All 5-seat X-Trails feature a “Divide’n’Hide” false boot floor with compartmentalised storage underneath. All-wheel drive X-Trails have a limited slip differential (LSD) across the rear axle.

Pricing structure

2L manual; 5 seats A$27,990
2.5L CVT; 5 seats A$30,490 A$36,190
2.5L CVT; 7 seats A$31,580 A$37,190
2.5L CVT AWD; 5 seats A$33,980 A$39,080 A$44,680

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Derek Fung

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