New generation Nissan X-Trail Hybrid is expected to be launched in India in early 2017
The Hybrid version of the Nissan X-Trail premium SUV has been spotted un-camouflaged in New Delhi. The third generation model made its Indian debut at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo in early February in Greater Noida. The Japanese automaker set the plans to launch the Hybrid variant of the X-Trail in the closing quarter of this year but it has been reportedly postponed.
Speculated to be introduced in the market in the early parts of 2017, Nissan engineers seems to have concerns raised over the hybrid powerplant’s performance in the variety of weather conditions prevail across India. It will be brought into the country through CBU (Completely Built Up) channel.
Inspired by the Hi-Cross Concept, the third generation Nissan X-Trail was unveiled at the unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and it takes design cues from global products like the Juke, Patrol and Murano. The Hybrid variant was first showcased in April 2015 before going on sale a month later at the Japanese marketplace.
As this is the second time the launch has been delayed for India, first being issues with pricing, Nissan will be cautious in not adjourning once again. The Nissan X-Trail Hybrid measures about 4,640 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width, 1,715 mm in height and features wheelbase of 2,705 mm.
Just like its IC regular sibling, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid will be built on the CMF-C platform jointly developed by the Renault-Nissan alliance. The four-door, five-seating, premium mid-size crossover will trigger a new segment in the country with its Hybrid powertrain.
It will have its fair share of tax benefits due to the eco-friendly nature and will be appealing in the major cities of India where anti-diesel anthems are in full swing. The Nissan X-Trail Hybrid sources power from the 2.0-litre MR20DD naturally-aspirated four-pod mill which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 147 PS and 207 Nm of peak torque.
The petrol engine is linked with a RM31 electric motor that makes 41 PS and 160 Nm. Thus, the combined power output is 188 PS and massive 367 Nm of torque delivered to all four wheels through an XTRONIC CVT. It delivers a fuel efficiency of 20.6 kmpl in JC08 test cycle.