Nissan Australia says it has seven-seat and single-motor versions of the X-Trail e-Power hybrid SUV available to it should local buyers demand such options.

    While the brand will launch with two high-spec, five-seat, all-wheel drive-only grades, Nissan’s manager for the X-Trail line, Aleksandar Pecanac, said more variants could be on the table if customer feedback indicates there’s a gap in the line-up.

    “Bringing [the X-Trail e-Power] in the Ti and Ti-L grades, that’s where we’ve really seen the majority of ICE demand in pre-orders,” Mr Pecanac told CarExpert.

    “We really wanted to couple the new e-Power with e-4orce technology [with the high-spec models] to really put our best foot forward. We’ve seen strong customer demand on their behalf.”

    “It’s more of a premium offering, so I think it’s a bit of a test case for the moment,” he added.

    When asked how the brand will gauge customer feedback with respect to expanding the range offering, Mr Pecanac said buyer surveys will play a big part into forming the business case for any future additions to the line-up.

    “We’ll get [feedback] through the syndicated surveys that they do, and if we feel there’s a business case for lower grades or two-wheel drive e-Power, then we’ll present that to the global team and say ‘this is the car we need because the customers are asking for it.”

    Mr. Pecanac again clarified that both single-motor front-wheel drive and seven-seat versions of the X-Trail e-Power are available to Australia from the Japanese factory.

    A seven-seat option would make the X-Trail e-Power one of the few seven-seat hybrid SUVs on sale in Australia, and offer a key point of difference to the market-leading Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

    In the mainstream mid-sized SUV segment, the only rival to offer an electrified three-row option is the related Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV; though seven seats is restricted to pricey top-spec Exceed variants.

    Meanwhile, the single-motor e-Power drivetrain would offer a more affordable entry point into the electrified X-Trail range, and going by global specifications could see a gain in fuel economy.

    Australian-delivered X-Trail e-Power with e-4orce models quote 6.1L/100km combined cycle efficiency, which is a litre or so per 100km up on something like a RAV4 Hybrid.

    Nissan UK quotes WLTP fuel figures of 45.6mpg (6.19L per 100km) versus 42.8mpg (6.6L per 100km) for the X-Trail e-Power 2WD and e-Power e-4orce respectively in the equivalent trim to our decked-out, five-seat Ti-L.

    Go lower down in the range, and the most basic X-Trail e-Power 2WD quotes 48.2mpg (5.8L/100km) on the stricter WLTP regime. For reference, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid quotes 47.9-50.4mpg (5.89-5.6L/100km) in the UK depending on variant and 4.7-4.8L/100km according to local ADR testing.

    Given the local X-Trail e-Power with e-4orce claims combined efficiency of 6.1L/100km on both Ti and Ti-L grades, you could logically expect the 2WD single-motor version to achieve mid-fives in local testing.

    The Nissan X-Trail e-Power with e-4orce is on sale now in Australia, available in high-spec Ti and Ti-L grades only at launch.

    Pricing starts from $54,190 plus on-road costs for the Ti, and $57,190 for the flagship Ti-L. Both e-Power with e-4orce variants are $4200 dearer than the equivalent 2.5L 4WD petrol versions.

    The top-spec Toyota RAV4 Edge AWD Hybrid bisects the two X-Trail e-Power variants, starting from $56,650 following a recent update.

    Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV – based on the same Alliance CMF platform as the X-Trail – starts at $55,490 plus on-roads for the entry-level ES, with the mid-spec Aspire listing for $61,990.

    Want a 2WD and/or three-row X-Trail e-Power? Comment with your thoughts below!

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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