New Nissan X-Trail and Focus-rivalling hatch due in 2014

* All-new Qashqai followed by new seven-seater X-Trail * Rival hatch to Focus and Golf also in pipeline * All-new hybrid Murano for 2015...

New Nissan X-Trail and Focus-rivalling hatch due in 2014

The arrival of the all-new Nissan Qashqai in January will be followed by two more important new models for the brand in 2014.

First to arrive will be the replacement for the Nissan X-Trail. It’s set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next month and will be in dealers in July 2014. So far, only a teaser shot revealing the new-look headlights has been shown.

It will be a seven-seater, using the same architecture and mechanicals as the new Qashqai, replacing both the existing X-Trail and current Qashqai +2. Petrol and diesel versions will be on offer, with a petrol hybrid model also arriving later. Like the Qashqai, the new X-Trail is expected to be available as both front and four-wheel drive.

Nissan will follow the X-Trail with a VW Golf and Ford Focus-rivalling hatch in September. Company insiders have revealed to What Car? that it will be competitvely priced compared to its rivals and offer more space, refinement and technology than most of its competitors, too. It will also use Qashqai mechanicals, and so have the same engines, including a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.

In 2015, Nissan will add to its SUV roster with an all-new Murano. Senior sources have hinted the new range-topper will cost around £30,000, but be available only as a petrol hybrid. Diesel versions are unlikely to follow.