The Nissan X-Trail e-Power announced for Europe in July 2021 has arrived in Japan. The series-hybrid X-Trail costs JPY 3,198,800 or approximately USD 23,500 onwards in the brand’s home market. It could eventually be launched in the U.S., albeit as the Nissan Rogue e-Power.
Here’s a close look at what Nissan offers in the Japanese-spec X-Trail Hybrid:
The Nissan X-Trail e-Power sports the same design as the gas-powered X-Trail. The only visual identification is the exclusive e-POWER badge on the tailgate, and should it be specified in e-4ORCE AWD, an additional e-FORCE badge.
Two-tier adaptive LED headlights with sequential turn indicator, LED front fog lamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED rear combination lamps including LED fog lamps, and a panoramic glass roof are some of the main exterior features of the X-Trail e-Power. Customers can enhance the exterior by specifying dealer-level options like grille illumination, sequential door mirror turn signals, and an Adventure rugged styling package.
Inside, the X-Trail e-Power is available with a next-generation seat material called “TailorFit” that offers a moist touch and comfort as an option to fabric and Nappa leather upholsteries. There’s an option for a Cell-Cloth upholstery as well, which is a water-repellant material that’s more suitable for customers on frequent outdoor adventures like skiing and marine sports. The company has equipped the X-Trail e-Power with top-spec features like 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.8-inch head-up display, and a 9-speaker Bose sound system.
The Nissan X-Trail e-Power employs the second-gen e-Power system that combines the world’s first series production variable compression ratio engine as a generator to produce electricity. Internally called ‘KR15DDT,’ it’s a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine. It supplies electricity to a lithium-ion battery pack, which feeds the ‘BM46’ AC synchronous motor at the front. There’s an e-4ORCE 4WD variant as well, in which there’s an additional AC synchronous motor mounted at the rear, called ‘MM48’ internally, which powers the wheels using the electricity generated by the engine.
The KR15DDT engine produces 106 kW (142 hp) of power and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of torque. The BM46 motor generates 150 kW (201 hp) of power and 330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) of torque, while the MM48 motor develops 100 kW (134 hp) of power and 195 Nm (144 lb.-ft.) of torque. The X-Trail e-Power 2WD returns a fuel economy of 19.7 km/l (WLTC), while X-Trail e-Power e-4ORCE 4WD manages up to 18.4 km/l (WLTC) depending on the trim. Nissan has installed a 55-liter gasoline tank in the X-Trail e-Power.
Nissan offers ‘e-Pedal Step’ in the X-Trail e-Power, an improvement over the current ‘e-Pedal.’ Both technologies enable one-pedal driving, but there is one notable difference in e-Pedal Step. Instead of the stop and stop-hold function after deceleration, the vehicle creeps after deceleration after taking the foot off the accelerator. The driver needs to step on the brake to bring the vehicle to a halt.
Nissan has equipped the X-Trail e-Power with a 100V/1500W AC power outlet that customers can use as an emergency power source.
|Aspect||Nissan X-Trail e-Power 2WD Specification||Nissan X-Trail e-Power e-FORCE 4WD Specification|
|Engine||KR15DDT 1.5L VC Turbo turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline||KR15DDT 1.5L VC Turbo turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline|
|Engine Power||106 kW (142 hp) at 4,400-5,000 rpm||106 kW (142 hp) at 4,400-5,000 rpm|
|Engine Torque||250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) at 2,400-4,000 rpm||250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) at 2,400-4,000 rpm|
|Front Motor Power||150 kW (201 hp) at 4,739-5,623 rpm||150 kW (201 hp) at 4,739-5,623 rpm|
|Front Motor Torque||330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) at 0-3,505 rpm||330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) at 0-3,505 rpm|
|Rear Motor Power||–||100 kW (134 hp) at 4,897-9,504rpm|
|Rear Motor Torque||–||195 Nm (144 lb.-ft.) at 0-4,897rpm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55L||55L|
|Fuel Economy (WLTC)||19.7 km/l||Up to 18.4 km/l|
Global Release Date
As per Nissan’s announcement from 2021, sales of the Nissan X-Trail e-Power in Europe will begin in the summer of 2022.
Nissan has presented the X-Trail e-Power to European dealers. In early May 2022, the company displayed the hybrid SUV in Spain (view on Instagram) as part of the Nissan annual dealer convention. The company has planned five electrified launches in Europe for 2022: Nissan Ariya, Nissan Qashqai e-Power, Juke Hybrid, X-Trail e-Power, and the Townstar electric.
In China, the X-Trail e-Power could enter series production and reach dealerships shortly. Magneti Marelli is one of the project’s suppliers in the country. On July 4, 2022, Autohome published a picture taken during the event at the company’s Wuhan factory. It looks like the China-made X-Trail e-Power will likely get its dashboard, floor console, and exhaust system from Magneti Marelli’s Wuhan facility.
Nissan X-Trail e-Power part of the Ambition 2030 strategy
As part of its new Ambition 2030 strategy, Nissan will introduce 20 new EV and e-Power models globally in the next five years. By FY2030, the Japanese automaker will introduce 23 new electrified models, including 15 EVs. The company aims to increase the share of electrified models in its sales to more than 75% in Europe, more than 55% in Japan, and more than 40% in China by FY2026. In the U.S., it wants to convert 40% of its sales to EVs by FY2030.
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