Nissan tweaks X-Trail and bigger 4x4s

* New trim levels * More equipment * Cheaper X-Trails dropped...

Nissan tweaks X-Trail and bigger 4x4s

Nissan has realigned its 4x4 ranges, reducing the number of models available, adding equipment, but dropping cheaper models.

The X-Trail has changed the most, with lower-powered manual diesel models and all petrol versions dropped. There are now just two trims available Acenta or Tekna.

Acenta models cost 525 less than the previous Sport equivalent, but extra kit includes an MP3 input socket and chrome door handles. Other standard features include climate control, a six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth, a panoramic sunroof and six airbags.

Tekna models cost 550 less than the equivalent model in the previous range the Aventura Explorer. As well as leather upholstery, electric front seat adjustment, sat-nav, a rear parking camera and xenon headlights, a Bose sound system is now fitted as standard.

The 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol versions have been dropped, leaving just the 148- and 171bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines. The lower-powered version can now only be specified with an automatic gearbox, however.

The changes mean the entry-level X-Trail the 2.0 dCi 173 Acenta now costs 22,345, compared with a previous entry point of 19,245.

The Pathfinder and Navara ranges have also been restructured, with all previous trims replaced by Acenta or Tekna and similar upgrades in equipment.

All models are on sale now, with deliveries starting in June.