Nissan’s biggest SUV for the European market will come refreshed this August. We know that because the carmaker introduced the facelifted 2018 X-Trail just a few days ago. The facelifted vehicle got pretty much the same styling changes as the U.S. Rogue crossover, as well as the amazing ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving system. On the other hand, the SUV hasn’t received anything new under the hood, which is quite disappointing.
The most important part of the mid-cycle facelift is the autonomous drive technology. The ProPILOT can’t give you fully autonomous driving experience, but it’s quite useful in some situations. The semi-autonomous system controls acceleration, braking and steering functions, but it’s limited to a single highway lane. We haven’t tested it yet, but according to the carmaker, the ProPILOT works perfectly during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising.
As you may notice, the refreshed 2018 Nissan X-Trail sports most of its styling changes in the front. Okay, the rear end gets the new bumper along with hands-free functionality for the electric tailgate (it opens with a single foot kick under the bumper), but aside this, the rear hatch appears to be identical to the predecessors. In the front, the crossover features a redesigned and larger radiator grille and a pair of new and more angular headlights. Plus, thus far round fog lamps are replaced by more attractive rectangular shape.
The SUV is offered with standard 17-inch wheels, but you can get optional 18-inch alloys as well. There are four brand new exterior paints: Orange Pearl, Red Pearl, Blue Pearl Metallic and Dark Brown Pearl.
Inside, the 2018 X-Trail gets far better materials and lots of other improvements. The automaker added a new D-shaped steering wheel making the entrance and exit into the crossover a lot easier. The new steering wheel also has a heating option, as well as simpler four-way controls. In case you don’t find attractive usual one tone leather upholstery, you can always get an optional two-tone. Plus, there is optional heating for both front- and rear-seat passengers. Of course, the topping Tekna trim offers the higher level of comfort by adding standard eight-speaker Bose Premium audio system and new navigation interface. Do we need to mention that you can choose between five and seven-seat models?
It’s quite surprising carmaker’s not to add anything new or updated under the hood. No, they decided not to touch anything, so the 2018 Nissan X-Trail SUV stays limited to three engine options. In case you don’t like the smell of oil burners, you must satisfy with a 1.6-liter turbo that delivers 163 horsepower (123 kW). This option is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that supplies just front wheels with the power. On the other hand, both diesels 1.6 and 2.0 offer FWD and AWD, as well as an optional CVT. The 1.6-liter diesel stays at its usual 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts), while the topping 2.0-liter oil burner now produces 177 hp (132 kW).