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Nissan X-Trail supply “reasonable”, more coming ahead of new model

Nissan Australia doesn't expect to run out of the current X-Trail before the new model's launch later this year, with more supply coming.

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Nissan Australia won’t be running out of the current X-Trail early ahead of the new model’s launch later this year.

“Depending on the model, Nissan dealers around Australia have reasonable stock levels of X-Trail and we’re working with global supply to continue to secure production in the coming months,” said a spokesperson for Nissan Australia.

The current X-Trail is still in production, and there will continue to be stock entering the country.

Nissan says customers shouldn’t experience significant waiting times, though customers really keen on a particular colour option or variant not currently in stock will naturally have to wait longer than those happy to buy from whatever’s available.

The company will therefore avoid the stock issues that befell the Qashqai and Pathfinder.

Stock of the Pathfinder dried up in mid-2021, more than 12 months before the launch of the redesigned model that’s slated for the fourth quarter of this year.

Nissan also sold zero Qashqais in January, and told CarExpert earlier this month only a limited number of demos were still in the dealer network. The new model is set to launch in the second quarter of this year.

The new-generation X-Trail was first launched in North America in late 2020, where it wears the Rogue nameplate.

It’s expected to launch in the third quarter of this year, almost exactly two years after its North American launch and around 12 months after the local launch of the related Mitsubishi Outlander.

Though it initially launched with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, the Rogue is now powered exclusively by a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder producing 150kW of power and 305Nm of torque.

Those outputs are up by 16kW and 66Nm on the 2.5-litre engine.

The sole transmission continues to be a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

Nissan Australia is steadily drip-feeding more information about the new X-Trail in the lead-up to its launch.

It’ll be the first generation of X-Trail to offer two-tone exterior finishes, while it’ll debut a new Intelligent 4×4 system with five different drive modes and hill descent control.

Nissan says the system, with its direct coupling, “reacts faster than ever before, allowing for the seamless transfer of power between axles for the ultimate in stability and traction”.

The new X-Trail/Rogue will also be the first generation to offer Nissan’s e-Power hybrid system, where a small petrol engine is used as a generator to charge the battery and an electric motor delivers power directly to the wheels.

Nissan Australia has confirmed it’ll launch its first vehicle with e-Power this year, however this is expected to be the Qashqai.

It’s likely an X-Trail e-Power will follow, given it’ll be available in other markets.

In the Qashqai, it features a 1.5-litre petrol engine to charge the battery, and the electric drivetrain produces total outputs of 140kW of power and 330Nm of torque.

Overseas reports have also indicated the X-Trail will borrow the plug-in hybrid system from the related Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and could even continue to offer the hybrid powertrain of the outgoing model. This particular powertrain was never offered here.

The new-generation model packs a significantly upgraded and more modern interior that features a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

It’s available with a 10.8-inch colour head-up display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Wireless Apple CarPlay is included, with wireless phone charging at the base of the centre console.

Nissan will offer a full ProPilot suite of active safety assists, including adaptive cruise control with a steering assist feature backed by the navigation system. When the navigation tells the car it’s approaching a bend, the cruise control can slow down ahead of time.

Expect to see all the necessary safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse autonomous emergency braking, along with forward AEB packing pedestrian and cyclist detection.

The new Rogue/X-Trail looks larger and more grown up than the outgoing car but it’s 38mm shorter than before and has a roofline 5mm lower.

Though not officially confirmed for Australia, a third row of seating is still available in markets like China.

MORE: Everything Nissan X-Trail

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William Stopford
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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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