Since it was first introduced in Japan in 2000, the Nissan X-Trail became one of the most popular Compact SUVs amid the massive crossover and SUV trends at the turn of the Millennium. Fast forward 20 years later, the Nissan X-Trail (or Rogue) became the third best-selling Compact SUV in the United States. Under the 2019 Toyota RAV4 model, and the Honda CR-V, whose latest generation is present in 2017, while the X-Trail (T32) is currently in circulation since 2013. Given that rivals are already present with the latest generation, the Nissan X-Trail 2021 debuted for the first time on the American market on June 15, 2020, replacing the previous generation that was quite successful in the market.

Although the dimensions are the same as its predecessor, the X-Trail 2021 is built on a new platform. The QRD25DE engine, which was also used two generations earlier, has also been replaced by a new 2.500cc engine, exterior and interior design is also rejuvenated to bring a more premium and modern impression. How did the initial impression of the Nissan X-Trail 2021, whether the rejuvenation that is present can make one of the best-selling cars in the world back in existence? Check out the review here.

Nissan X-Trail 2021 Side
Nissan X-Trail 2021 Side – Image By Nissan

Specification and Review of Nissan X-Trail 2021

Nissan X-Trail 2021 Exterior

Prepared as a strong rival of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, of course the Nissan X-Trail gets a variety of exterior refreshes to make it relevant again after 7 years of not changing the model.

Nissan X-Trail 2021
Nissan X-Trail 2021 – Image By Nissan

Front Exterior Review of the Nissan X-Trail 2021

We start from the front, Nissan X-Trail 2021 has a more dynamic and luxurious appearance. The headlights are divided into two, where the top lights are DRL LEDs, with the main lights underneath. In the middle comes a v-motion grille with a size much larger than the previous generation. The grille is divided into two, where the bottom features an Active Grille Shutter that can open and close to improve aerodynamics; at the edge there is also a vent that directs the flow of wind to the side of the car. The result is not bad, Nissan claims these details can save gasoline consumption up to 0.9 km / liter and also lower road noise. The hood profile also looks higher which gives a macho impression to the car.

Review of Nissan Side Exterior X-Trail 2021

Nissan claims the X21 Trail 2021 uses a completely new platform, but this does not change the dimensions of the car when compared to its predecessor. The wheelbase is still the same, but the length of the car is 38 mm shorter. From the side, we see the Nissan X-Trail 2021 taking design inspiration from the Xmotion concept car. This is evident from the design of the rear glass that is large enough to make the car look proportional. The sporty impression of a typical SUV is also presented with an over fender that is given a black plastic accent, as well as an underbody cover that looks more aerodynamic. In addition, the pillar-A design also plays a role in the aerodynamic efficiency of the car.

Review of the Nissan X-Trail 2021’s Exterior Rear

Moving back, we find a macho and contained impression on the Nissan X-Trail 2021, the proportion of the car’s beltline bulging due to over fender. In addition, the macho aura is further strengthened by large bottom bumpers with plastic and metal finishing. In addition, the design of the car’s rear lights is also flatter with a stop lamp display with a more aggressive 3D pattern that also makes the stern look more attractive.

Interior of the Nissan X-Trail 2021

Unlike the exterior appearance that looks more muscular and macho, the first impression we get from the interior of the Nissan X-Trail 2021 is functional, luxurious, and modern. Improved dashboard and interior layout, a more spacious cabin and spacious luggage capacity are formulas maintained by the latest generation Nissan X-Trail to kick back the compact SUV market.

Nissan X-Trail 2021 Interior Car
Nissan X-Trail 2021 Interior Car – Nissan
Nissan X-Trail 2021 Interior Cars
Nissan X-Trail 2021 Interior Cars – Nissan

Review of the Nissan X-Trail 2021 Dashboard & steering

We start from the dashboard; Nissan X-Trail has a layout that is divided into two layers. The upper part uses leather material, while the lower part comes with wood panel accents, which are also in the center console. At the top center, you can see an 8-inch head unit with a navigation feature perched above the dashboard. Underneath you get a digital AC controller with dual-zone function. A more compact transmission gear lever design gives more space in the bottom center console to place storage space such as cup holders or to store cellphones and car keys.

Turning to the driver’s part, the Nissan X-Trail 2021 steering wheel design is also made more complete with a flat bottom design and multi-steering switches, whether it’s for audio functions, Bluetooth telephony, even to the cruise control regulator. Behind it, there is a 12.3-inch instrument cluster that can contain various important car info such as speedometer, tachometer, odometer, fuel consumption, to the 3D display around the car.

Review of the Nissan X-Trail 2021 Seat

The luxurious impression on the dashboard is also present in the car seat, where the use of quality leather material with diamond pattern (diamond) provides luxury and comfort better than its predecessor. Even though it has a shorter wheelbase, in fact the cabin space of the Nissan X-Trail 2021 is bigger, especially in the second row, legroom has increased by 15 mm with headroom increased to 18 mm, besides the three-row format in the previous generation is also abolished, and makes this car only has a capacity of five passengers only.

Review Baggage Nissan X-Trail 2021

Indeed, the size of the second row cabin has an impact on the reduced luggage space, although only slightly reduced from 1,113 liters to 1,034 liters. However, the cargo capacity when the second seat was folded has increased slightly from the previous 1,982 liters to 2,100 liters, access to the trunk door is also easier with larger openings.

Features of the Nissan X-Trail 2021

Nissan is developing its ProPilot technology one step further on the X-Trail 2021 by implementing a door-to-door navigation system, including when seeing the speed limits that go up and down, the driver is immediately asked to adjust the speed of the car with the limit. The ProPilot system can also detect transitions when exiting a toll road. In this case, instead of adjusting the speed of the toll road, the speed of the car will be set around 60 km / hour, or lower.

Nissan X-Trail 2021 Operation

Nissan X-Trail 2021 uses a 2.500cc inline 4-slinder engine with a PR25DD code that produces 181 HP of power and 245 Nm of torque. This engine uses the Xtronic CVT gearbox to a choice of two drive systems, Front-Wheel Drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Price list for Nissan X-Trail 2021

The price of the Nissan X-Trail 2021 itself will only be announced at its official launch next fall. However, the price of the car is predicted to be in the range of $ 26,000 with the highest price variant, Platinum with AWD wheel drive system will touch $ 40,000.

Conclusion Nissan X-Trail 2021

After the last few years losing the existence of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, the Nissan X-Trail 2021 is ready to show off again with a more muscular look of the car, a more luxurious interior, and a new engine and features better than before. However, it is worth noting that the X-Trail sold in America has a two-row seating format. Most likely converted into a three-seater to meet the tastes of the Indonesian market, with a slightly shorter wheelbase, will the convenience of second and third-row passengers be sacrificed ?

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