2022 Nissan X-Trail large SUV previewed: price, specs, and release date

New Nissan X-Trail large SUV offers Qashqai-inspired looks, electric power and seating for seven...

2021 Nissan X-trail front

On sale: 2022 | Price from: £30,000 (est)

Large SUVs are a bit like running shoes, in that they look like they can take on anything, yet most buyers will just wear them for comfort and convenience, never truly exploring the limits of what they can achieve. Cars like the original Nissan X-Trail set the formula for such buyers, offering seven seats, rugged looks, and the option of four-wheel drive, and now there’s a new model which brings electric power to the lineup for the first time.

The new X-Trail carries forward design cues from the latest Qashqai and Juke, including a split LED headlight design, a large, chrome-accented grille, and LED taillights as standard. It’s also shorter and sits closer to the ground than the outgoing car.

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So far, Nissan has only revealed that some models will be powered by an electric motor, connected to batteries of unknown size and a petrol generator. This means you won’t be able to connect the X-Trail to a chargepoint, and that you’ll instead fill it with petrol. This fuel will power the engine, which will generate electricity to keep the batteries charged.

Nissan X-Trail 2022 Headlight and Grille

The iteration of this system developed for the Qashqai has an electric motor producing 188bhp, which receives electricity from a 1.5-litre petrol engine. It’s likely that Nissan will reuse this setup in the X-Trail. 

We also expect that the 138bhp and 156bhp 1.3-litre mild hybrid engines from the Qashqai will be available on lower-end models. These options have a hint of electric power, which gives them more low-speed pulling power, and improves fuel economy. In the Qashqai they provide good acceleration comparable with the Skoda Karoq.

Given that the X-Trail shares its underpinnings with the upcoming Nissan Ariya electric car, and that it can already carry a battery pack, we expect that a pure battery-electric model will be offered in the future. Such a model would likely reuse the Ariya’s 87kWh battery pack, which allows that car to drive up to 310 miles between charges – just five less than a Tesla Model Y Long Range.

Nissan X-Trail 2022 Dashboard LHD

As with the outgoing car, the new X-Trail will be available with seven seats, with the third row being an optional extra. Hopefully, despite the new car’s smaller dimensions, those seats will still be suitable for adults on shorter trips. This is one area where the outgoing model struggles, particularly in comparison with rivals such as the Peugeot 5008 and Kia Sorento.

The basic infotainment system is likely to be the same 8.0in touchscreen as the Qashqai receives, which we’ve so far been unimpressed by, thanks to its sub-par graphics and laggy responses.

Higher trim levels will receive a digital instrument display, as well as a larger touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity should also be included.

Nissan X-Trail 2022 Rear Quarter Static

The predicted £30,000 price tag for base models thrusts the X-Trail into competition with high-specification versions of popular models such as the Ford Kuga and Skoda Kodiaq, but the offering of a third row of seats should separate it from most competitors at this price point.

Meanwhile, range-topping versions of the X-Trail are estimated to be as much as £37,500, which could get you a well-appointed Peugeot 5008. It also undercuts the base model Kia Sorento – our favourite large SUV – by more than £2000, which could make the X-Trail an interesting value proposition.

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