Nissan cuts back X-Trail drivetrains in Europe


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The next-generation Nissan X-Trail which is coming to Australia with multiple engine options will be offered with only a hybrid drivetrain in Europe.

Europe’s new emissions regulations continue to effect drivetrain options in the continent, with Nissan confirming the new X-Trail will go hybrid only when it launches there early 2023.

It remains Nissan’s largest European-market SUV with the Patrol and Pathfinder not available. As already shown, the new X-Trail shares the bulk of its exterior and interior design with the US-market Rogue, which it has followed onto a heavily updated version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C crossover platform – as used by the Nissan Qashqai.

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As also confirmed for Australia, the hybrid X-Trail uses Nissan’s new E-Power hybrid drivetrain, a system that differs from a conventional hybrid powertrain in that a petrol engine features but is used exclusively to charge a battery, which in turn powers an electric motor connected to the front axle.

Here, the set-up comprises a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a front-mounted electric motor for a total output of 140kW and has the same ‘e-Pedal’ one-pedal operational ability as the all-electric Nissan Leaf, offering enhanced efficiency and lower emissions than the range of pure-petrol and diesel engines used by the previous car.

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Unlike the Nissan Qashqai E-Power, the X-Trail will also offer Nissan’s e-4orce electrified all-wheel drive system, which adds a secondary electric motor on the rear axle to offer a claimed “huge leap in acceleration, cornering and braking performance”. As in the electric Nissan Ariya SUV, e-4orce is capable of quickly varying the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles to maximise cornering grip and stability.

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