Nissan X-Trail, an electric crossover is also seventh.  It has modern hybrid mechanics and all-wheel drive

Nissan X-Trail, an electric crossover is also seventh. It has modern hybrid mechanics and all-wheel drive

Fully revised design, modern e-POWER hybrid technology, two- or four-wheel drive (4-ORCE), first-class interior (5 or 7 seats), top-of-the-line equipment in terms of comfort and safety. What else did Nissan have to do to renew, after 20 years and 7 million units sold, the X-Trail, the big brother of the Qashqai which shares the CMF-C platform?

Started in early September, The SUV of the Japanese company is available in Italy at a starting price of 38,080 euros, which however can increase to 50,970 whenever you get the version more easily, with all-wheel drive and top-of-the-range equipment.

The X-Trail is the only electric SUV available on the market with the option of 7 seats: with reservations for large families, unless the children are taller than one and 60 meters (the maximum height recommended for sitting in the third row of seats). In the “standard” configuration of 5 seats, on the other hand, the uniqueness concerns the load capacity, which reaches 585 liters, which can be expanded to 1,396.

For recognition For the body shell, Japanese engineers chose the lightest material: for the first time the tailgate is in composite material, while the doors, front wings and bonnet are in aluminium. On the outside, the car is famous for its thoroughly updated design, with a square bottom and a lot of water, with good looks but also important for improving the atmosphere. The front is decorated with light pillars that follow the hood line and the active V-Motion grille helps to control the air flow in the engine compartment. Another detail that is second to none is the floating roof, typical of Nissan design, and – hidden from view – the lower fairing.

Lovely look and the beauty of the line finds sufficient confirmation in the interior (see another article), but what distinguishes the new Japanese SUV is on both the exclusive technologies of e-Power and e-4ORCE, which decide to develop the Ambition power supply plan Nissan’s 2030 expects 23 new electric models to arrive by the end of this decade.

e-POWER is innovative a plug-in-free hybrid system patented by the Nagoya company to reduce emissions. A modern system, which provides the use of an electric motor of 204 HP (150 kW) as the only engine that can move the car. This happens by supplying the electrical energy produced in the vehicle by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that acts as a generator. So the system does not offer plug-in refilling, as in plug-in hybrids, and to fill up the energy you only need to fill the petrol tank. In more detail: the energy produced by the heat engine goes to the inverter and from this it can be transmitted to the battery, to the electric motor or to both. In no case is the power of the gasoline engine transmitted directly to the wheels and everything is controlled by a modern control unit that increases the flow of energy based on a series of parameters, including the state of charge of the battery, the vehicle and the vehicle. driving power demand.

Traveling at low speed, the energy produced by the internal combustion engine goes partly to the electric motor and partly to the battery, and when the latter is fully charged, the internal combustion engine is turned off and the machine is moved only by the charge of the battery.

The system is also modern e-4ORCE all-wheel drive, using Nissan’s most advanced technology, designed to integrate with electrified powertrains. Here there are two electric motors, one for each axle, and they are managed by a system that controls the driving force and braking action on the individual wheels, to ensure safety, control and driving comfort on every track and in every situation. Total power rises from 204 to 213 HP (157 kW), with a rear engine of 128 HP (94 kW). In this case the driving force reacts to changes in grip 10,000 times faster than with a traditional 4WD mechanical system. Furthermore, constant torque redistribution, weight balancing between the two axles and regenerative braking also on the rear engine ensure maximum handling and minimum incidences of stalling and rolling. Acceleration is amazing: 7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h, while the maximum speed is 180 km / h (170 on the non-powered two-wheeled model).

It starts on the X-Trail in addition, Step e-Pedal, a technology already present in other Nissan electric models, which allows you to accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal. Also new is Pro-Pilot Assist with Navi-link, the latest generation of driving assistance systems designed to automatically adjust speed, acceleration and braking, to reduce fatigue and stress behind the wheel and increase safety even while driving . Lane keeping control, blind spot monitoring and the ability to intervene to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces. In terms of safety, the emergency brake is also appreciated, now with a predictive function: combined with navigation, the system automatically slows down in certain situations, for example when preparing to deal with strong currents. In short, everything that makes a modern, new-generation car a focus of innovation that is not afraid of comparison.