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2010-08-03 07:01

A more defined bumper and headlight treatment adds 10mm to the facelifted X-Trail.

South Africa’s most popular small SUV, Nissan’s X-Trail, has been facelifted.

The second-generation X-Trail has gained subtle new design touches, adding 10mm to the car’s dimensions bumper-to-bumper.

A new grille, bumper and headlight assemblies cue the most noticeable styling change – heralding a defined h-shape to the X-Tail’s nose section. LED illumination diodes have been integrated into those characteristically oversized vertical rear-light clusters.

Rolling in the X-Trail’s wheel arches are new wheel designs in either 17- or 18-inches.

The larger 18-inch wheel option is shod with 255/55/18 specification rubber, resulting in an increase of 10mm to both overall vehicle height (thanks to the tyre dimensions) and width (due to the resized wheel-arch mouldings to accommodate them).

Beyond the surface styling changes and new wheels X-Trail’s cabin has also been design finessed.

Better quality soft-touch trim materials and colour co-ordination are part of the cabin refurbishing. Ergonomics are improved courtesy of a larger font used on both engine- and road-speed dials, whilst the trip data computer now displays in a white-on-black format instead of orange. 

Thanks to redesigned front seats an additional 10mm of knee-room has been gained for second-row passengers, whilst the rear bench can be optionally specified with a seat warming function too.

Comfort and convenience upgrades include a temperature regulated glovebox.

Mechanical changes for the facelifted X-Trail centre on an upgrade of the turbodiesel powered models to Euro 5 emission compliance. An additional, seventh injector port ensures cleaner running compression ignition whilst the six-speed manual transmission sports revised gear ratios, reflecting an economy bias.

The revised X-Trail is set to go on sale in right-hand drive European markets by October.

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