Compact crossovers are the most popular vehicles in today’s automotive industry, so it’s no wonder that the Japanese manufacturer is paying special attention to the 2021 Nissan X-Trail redesign. The small crossover is about to come with significant changes, as the company wants to retain its very good position on the market. This is one of the best-selling crossovers in Europe and that is for a reason. However, it is time for changes, as the current model is beginning to lag behind competitors in some aspects, particularly in terms of handling, driving dynamics and overall driving experiences.
Therefore, you may presume which things will be in the focus of this redesign. Of course, big changes will come in other aspects as well. We are about to see a completely new styling, new interior, tech features and more. The latest reports are suggesting the 2021 Nissan X-Trail will hit the market in the second half of the next year.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Redesign
Expectations from the 2021 Nissan X-Trail are pretty big, which seems natural, considering the model’s position on the market. Once again, we are about to see a model that features pretty much the same design as the North American Rogue. The two models are the same in many ways and that will remain in the new generations as well. The first thing that comes to mind is the platform. In this aspect, we don’t expect significant changes. The 2021 Nissan X-Trail will carry on with a familiar CMF architecture, though with notable updates and upgrades.
Therefore, we may expect to see things like weight reduction, improved driving characteristics, a higher level of comfort etc. Another thing we should mention is that there is another model that will share design characteristics with the X-Trail and Rogue. Of course, we are talking about the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, which will ride on the same platform and share most of the mechanics.
When it comes to the styling, we can’t say too many things about the 2021 Nissan X-Trail at the moment. The test mule still wears a complete camouflage and doesn’t show too much. Still, a couple of details can be seen through the cover, particularly in terms of the front face, which shows a new approach to the V-motion grille and new headlights design, which will be similar to the new Juke.
When it comes to the rest of the vehicle, all we can say is that the new model won’t come with significant changes in terms of size and shape. A typical crossover layout will remain and the latest reports suggest that the wheelbase and overall size will remain pretty much the same, though it looks the new model sits a little bit lower compared to the previous generation.
This has always been a strong point of Nissan’s compact crossover. Even the current model looks pretty impressive in this aspect, although it is among the oldest models in the class. The dashboard is stylish and features quality materials, while the amount of tech features is pretty big.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that we have big expectations from the 2021 Nissan X-Trail, as the outgoing model has set some pretty high standards. The new cabin should look even better, while we also count on even more tech features in the offer. When it comes to interior space, the current model is already generous in terms of legroom. The front seats are spacious and supportive, while the second-row bench easily accommodates adults as well. So, the 2021 Nissan X-Trail should continue in the same way, with similar dimensions.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Engines
Like in the current model, the engine offer will largely depend on the market. As this crossover is primarily designed for Europe, the focus will be on small turbocharged engines, as well as on diesel units. Therefore, we presume that two familiar turbo-four units will carry on. Of course, we are talking about a 1.3- and 1.6-liter engines, which could come with a couple of revisions for this occasion.
Diesel versions are expected as well. We count on the same two oil-burners in the offer. A smaller 1.6-liter engine is good for about 130 horsepower, while a 2.0-liter unit delivers around 177 horsepower.
Good old naturally-aspirated gasoline units will come to certain markets as well. This particularly refers to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers around 170 horsepower.
Some form of electrification is also expected, though we still don’t know the exact details. Most likely, that would be a PHEV powertrain, borrowed from Mitsubishi.
2021 Nissan X-Trail Release Date and Price
The new model is in the final stage of development and we expect to see it on the market in the next year, probably in the second quarter. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect significant changes. The European version currently starts at around 26.000 Euro.