Nissan is all set to launch India's first fully hybrid Sports Utility Vehicle, the X-Trail Hybrid by the end of 2016.
The X-Trail will be CBU (Completely Built Unit) and will be imported from Japan, it is particularly popular in the United States. India might get the petrol-hybrid combination rather than the diesel power unit.
The new X-Trail is much longer compared to its predecessor, however, it will be offered in the 5-seater layout only. As for the exterior of the X-Trail, it's a modern looking SUV with good proportions and sharp detailing. The only give away that it is a hybrid, is that of the badge on it.
On the inside, the layout of the dashboard is angled towards the driver and the 'V' shaped centre console gives it a premium touch. There is enough space for the rear passenger with better leg and headroom.
Some of the mentionable features are the 360-degree view monitor on the touch-screen which gives a bird's eye view around the SUV to help you park the SUV. The X-Trail also boasts of Active Engine Braking, Active Traction and Ride Control, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Dynamic Control to name a few.
The Nissan X-Trail is powered by 2.0-litre petrol hybrid engine which is paired the 31kw electric motor which together churns out 114.9bhp from the petrol and 40.3bhp from the electric motor, this is mated to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The X-Trail is expected to be priced Rs. 30 lakh.
The X-Trail does not have any competitors in its class and will be the first hybrid SUV in India. With global warming and diesel car ban which is becoming a norm in India, a hybrid will make sense to the country and Nissan will be the first to get into the segment.