The latest Nissan X-Trail may have only launched in Australia late last year, but it – or rather, its North American twin – is already getting a facelift.
It’s been on sale for longer than the Japanese-built X-Trail, having started arriving in US showrooms late in 2020.
There’s a bolder front bumper treatment, with sharp diagonal creases connecting from the headlight assembly down to the lower air intakes.
The grille has a similar shape but a less pronounced outline, though it now has prominent horizontal bars. There’s also less brightwork around the lower grille.
There are distinctive new wheels, finished largely in black but with polished tips.
Considering the current Rogue and X-Trail look essentially identical, it suggests the Japanese-built version will get similar cosmetic tweaks.
As there’s only one image, we can’t see what changes have been made at the rear, but we’d expect to see the usual mid-life update fare such as refreshed tail light graphics and a restyled rear bumper.
Spy photos of the updated Rogue have revealed it will get the option of a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen, which Australia already gets in certain X-Trail trims. All North American-market Rogues have an 8.0- or 9.0-inch screen at present.
It’s unclear what mechanical changes will be made to the 2024 Rogue, and if these could eventually filter to the X-Trail.
The X-Trail’s North American cousin doesn’t yet offer the e-Power hybrid powertrain recently introduced here, though it has dropped its naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for a 1.5-litre turbo three-pot with variable-compression technology.
This pumps out 150kW of power and 305Nm of torque, 15kW and 61Nm more than the 2.5-litre still offered in Australia. The Chinese-built version of the X-Trail also offers this turbo three-pot.
To the end of September, Nissan has sold 9350 X-Trails in Australia. That puts it seventh in its segment, behind the Toyota RAV4, the related Mitsubishi Outlander, the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Forester, and Kia Sportage, in that order.