2014 Nissan X-Trail goes Rogue, loses boxy style, has 7 seats

For the third generation X-Trail Nissan has ditched the “I’m a real four-wheel drive, just look at how boxy I am” style for something smoother, more inline with the rest of the RAV4, CR-V, Tiguan brigade.

Based on underpinnings, dubbed the Common Module Family (CMF), that’s shared with alliance partner Renault, the new X-Trail is available in both front- and all-wheel drive versions. The available all-wheel drive system is branded All Mode 4x4i, which allows the driver to pick between auto, front-wheel drive and permanent four-wheel drive.

Features that’ll be available overseas includes full LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, optional fold-away third row seats with theatre-style layout, dual-layer boot floor, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, surround view cameras, lane departure warning, a 5-inch trip computer display, and a power tailgate. Top spec models will also feature an entertainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation with internet and Google integration, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary jack, USB ports, and NissanConnect, which allows direct interaction via the touchscreen and other in-car controls with smartphone apps.

The new X-Trail will go on sale in Europe from the middle of 2014. The North American version will be produced in the USA and will carry on the Rogue badge; the Rogue slated to go on sale this November.

The North American Rogue will be available exclusively (at least at the beginning) with a 127kW/237Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]