But it’s all show and no extra go – the Nissan X-Trail was recently updated for the European market as well, with new front end design, a few interior enhancements and most importantly self-driving technology.
Now the model at home in Japan is getting a tad more interesting for people that enjoy the aftermarket scene thanks to the new Nismo Performance Package. While the name sounds wild, don’t get fooled because it only comes with aesthetic improvements and no mechanical modifications. For now it’s also exclusive to the home market, with the traditional Nismo white with contrasting black and red accents on the added elements – front and back diffusers as well as side sills. At the front, the radiator grille is getting gloss black panels and a more aggressive bumper. At the back, the new lower bumper spoiler houses dual chrome exhaust pipes. The recipe is complete with bespoke two-tone wheels and chrome door handles.
Moving inside the crossover, the visual flourishes are less noticeable – the flat-bottom steering wheel came with the facelift and there are no body-hugging front seats. In Europe the X-Trail is on offer with three different powerplants, starting with a 1.6-liter diesel with 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts). There’s also a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline delivering 163 hp (123 kW) as well as a larger 2.0-liter diesel to deliver 177 hp (132 kW), with all units hooked to a manual or CVT, as well as front or all wheel drive.