NISSAN is celebrating 20 years of the adventure-ready X-Trail in Australia with a very special birthday present — an updated 2022 model that delivers even more safety features, along with the introduction of an entirely new variant, the ST+.
The feature-packed ST+ will form a new step between the ST and the ST-L grades, and offers an increased active safety package and more cabin technology, delivering even more value to X-Trail customers.
Available in two or four-wheel drive, the new ST+ does exactly what its name suggests, adding to the already well-equipped ST grade with new safety and technology features, like an around view monitor with moving object detection and satellite navigation.
The new grade is joined by an increased safety offering across the ST-L and Ti grades, with both X-Trail variants now offering front parking sensors for the first time. This update follows a similar equipment upgrade delivered in February 2021.
It was at that point that Nissan equipped the X-Trail with their next-generation infotainment system, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displayed through a new 7.0-inch touchscreen with updated graphics.
The 2022 Nissan X-Trail is available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine in 6-speed manual-equipped ST grades, and with a powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine in all other variants. The latter is paired to an Xtronic CVT with manual mode (in either 2WD or 4WD).
The 2.0-litre petrol engine boasts 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque while the more powerful 2.5-litre alternative has 126kW of power and 233Nm of torque. Both four-cylinder petrol engines are efficient and responsive.
The 2.0-litre unit features Nissan’s DIG (direct injection gasoline) technology and twin variable timing control to deliver strong fuel economy (8.2-litres/100km) and torque. The 2.5-litre engine offers a strong blend of performance and efficiency too.
In a 2WD ST edition, it’s as little as 7.9-litres/100km. Both options come with a 60-litre fuel tank. The 4WD X-Trail comes equipped with Nissan’s advanced intelligent 4×4 system to deliver excellent traction in a variety of driving conditions.
Controlled by the driver using a simple centre console-mounted rotary dial, intelligent 4×4 has three settings: 2WD mode, AUTO mode and LOCK mode. All variants also come with hill start assist. 4WD variants are equipped with hill descent control too.
The Nissan X-Trail ST remains one of the most value-packed SUV offerings in Australia, delivering ample style and substance right across the range. The generous ST equipment level is unchanged for 2022, and include 17-inch alloys, DRLs and a rear roof spoiler.
It’s fitted with a 7.0-inch next-generation touchscreen display with support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth and NissanConnect. It has a rear-view camera, cruise control, ABS, EBD and brake assist.
It also comes with forward AEB with forward collision warning, vehicle dynamic control, active trace control, active engine brake and body motion control. The new ST+ builds on this and adds additional safety and technology.
This includes the new items mentioned earlier in this story, plus front and rear parking sensors. The ST-L adds rear privacy glass, front fog lamps, roof rails, heated door mirrors, 18-inch alloys, and leather accented seats and steering wheel.
The front seats are heated and power adjustable, and there’s dual zone climate control, along with intelligent driver alert, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Ti remains the flagship variant in the Nissan X-Trail line-up and adds adaptive auto-levelling LED headlights, rain sensing wipers, a power tilt and slide sunroof, 19-inch alloys, a motion-activated tailgate, and heated rear seats.
It’s fitted with a Bose sound system with eight speakers, lane departure warning and prevention, AEB with pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control, and high beam assist.
Pricing for 2022 starts with the ST Manual, at $30,665, with the ST+ range starting at $34,140, ahead of the ST-L from $40,275. The Ti 4WD range-topper is priced at $46,115. All prices are plus on-road costs.
2022 also marks the introduction of Nissan’s new Qashqai, the next-generation Pathfinder, the return of the legendary Z, and the introduction of the brand’s innovative e-POWER hybrid technology.
These will be joined by another technological advancement, in the form of Nissan’s ProPILOT, the latest addition to its advanced driver assistance system; combining intelligent cruise control with steering and lane keep assist.