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Nissan’s X-Trail is a compact SUV/crossover that’s sold in most markets outside of the United States and Canada (although the X-Trail was originally offered to Canadian customers).
Instead, we get the Nissan Rogue, which gives you an idea of the X-Trail’s size and capabilities.
While the current X-Trail is a conservative box-on-box design, Nissan is teasing what it calls the Hi-Cross concept, which is likely to preview the next X-Trail model.
If that’s the case, the X-Trail looks like it will get a healthy dose of style for its new generation.
We’ll have to wait until the 2012 Geneva Motor Show for more images of the Hi-Cross concept, though the video below gives us a few more details.
As Autocar explains, the new X-Trail is expected to come in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations, and will be equipped with better on-road manners than the previous generation.
The change is deliberate, as Nissan plans to target the next X-Trail against conventional sedans like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. It will also pitch the new X-Trail against Ford’s S-Max crossover, which will require the new Nissan to come in both five- and seven-seat configurations.
The primary engine choice is said to be a 2.0-liter diesel, with smaller diesel and gasoline-powered options available as well. We can expect the new X-Trail to launch in Europe in the third quarter of 2013, but it’s unlikely the new crossover will make it to these shores.
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