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Nissan X-Trail 2022: Australian release date confirmed for Toyota RAV4 rival


The new-generation Nissan X-Trail will attempt to capitalise on the sales momentum of its predecessor with a wide spectrum of safety, tech and powertrain upgrades

Nissan Australia has confirmed the new-generation X-Trail midsize SUV is on track to reach our shores in the second half of 2022 despite global supply chain issues, with pricing set to be revealed shortly.

The fourth-generation X-Trail is one of four new Nissan models set to arrive within the space of six months, with the midsizer to be joined by the Qashqai small SUV, Pathfinder large SUV and Nissan Z coupe all before the end of the year.

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Nissan is set to launch the four-generation X-Trail in Australia within the second half of 2022

A delay in tooling the Japanese factory combined with supply issues brought on by the pandemic and other issues has resulted in Australians waiting two years longer for the fifth-generation X-Trail than the US market thanks to its model being produced locally.

Despite the wait, the new-generation X-Trail is expected to offer a huge step up across the board when compared to the outgoing model which will prove useful as it takes on the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson in the fiercely competitive midsize SUV segment.

Nissan Australia has yet to confirm the exact specifications but the X-Trail is expected to arrive with one or two petrol engine options – and a hybrid option could follow.

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Nissan introduced a new 1.5-litre turbo-triple for the X-Trail in the US earlier this year

Until earlier this year the US model was available with a 135kW/245Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which has since been replaced by a 150kW/305Nm turbo-triple, with the smaller power plant said to be more fuel-efficient.

The inbound X-Trail shares the same platform as the current-generation Mitsubishi Outlander which will be available with a plug-in hybrid option within the year and could open up a potential avenue for the Nissan to become partly electrified.

The updated model brings a modernised cabin with features like a 12-inch digital driver’s display working alongside an additional 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built-in.

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The fourth generation looks to usher in a modern cabin filled with big screens and active safety features

Safety also takes a big step up, with the overseas X-Trail fitted with front and rear AEB with pedestrian detection along with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, reversing camera, auto high-beam and a total of 10 airbags as standard.

Nissan Australia is expected to release more details in the coming weeks but Chasing Cars has covered the X-Trail extensively including what features you should expect to arrive and how much it is likely to cost in a separate article.