Nissan X-Trail e-Power (Hybrid): Everything we know

Update: ‘Release Date’ section updated with European showcase.

In July 2021, the fourth-gen Nissan X-Trail received the green signal for launch in European markets. Unlike the American model, it was announced with the e-Power series-hybrid powertrain.

Design

Spy shots of the upcoming Nissan X-Trail e-Power emerged on alvolante.it on March 23, 2022. The hybrid version is based on the 2021 Nissan X-Trail, which is now on sale in some parts of the world. The spy shots reveal a near-identical design, however, the grille and the badges are camouflaged. Even on the sides and at the rear, the Nissan logo and the X-Trail lettering are camouflaged, clearly indicating that this would be the eco version of the SUV, carrying the e-Power badges.

Nissan X-Trail e-Power Hybrid render
Our illustration of the Nissan X-Trail e-Power takes design cues from the Qashqai e-Power (grille) and the spy shots seen on alvolante.it. Image: TopElectricSUV

Specifications

The 2022 Nissan X-Trail e-Power specifications aren’t announced, but safely assume that it employs the second generation of the Japanese automaker’s acclaimed series-hybrid electric powertrain. Introduced in the third-gen Nissan Note and also available in the new Nissan Qashqai, the revised e-Power system has an all-new electric motor and inverter for higher efficiency.

The second-gen e-Power system’s motor generates 10% higher torque and 6% higher power, which should allow better acceleration, while the new inverter is 40% smaller and 30% lighter. The engine responsible for charging the battery is the MR15 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. The final power and torque available in the smaller Qashqai e-Power are 140 kW (190 PS/187 bhp) and 330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.), respectively. Expect outputs to be slightly different in the X-Trail e-Power.

Video: Youtube/Nissan

All-wheel drive

While the Qashqai e-Power is an FWD, the X-Trail e-Power will come in AWD as well, as per Best Car. The X-Trail e-Power AWD variant may have a second electric motor to power the rear wheels, as is the case with the Note e-Power AWD.

According to a report from creative311.com, the X-Trail e-Power will come in FWD and AWD variants. We don’t concur with the article claiming that Nissan may give the latter the Ariya AWD’s ‘e-4ORCE’ branding. It is worth noting that the company introduced the Note e-Power AWD after the Ariya, yet didn’t use the e-4ORCE branding. Both variants would have a 1.5-liter VC turbo three-cylinder gasoline engine. The latter should sport an additional electric motor powering the rear wheels.

Features

According to the same creative311.com report, Nissan plans to launch the X-Trail e-Power in Japan in custom variants including Autech and Extrymer X. The normal version would be available in S, X, and G grades.

The reported grade/variant-wise features have changed over time, but here is what we gathered from multiple reports of the SUV’s main features. Nissan will reportedly offer the X-Trail e-Power with the following in Japan:

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED rear LED fog lamps
  • Electric power tailgate
  • Electric panoramic sunroof
  • 12.3-inch full-color instrument cluster
  • 12.3-inch Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system
  • USB Type-C port
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor (360-degree camera system)
  • Intelligent Rearview Mirror (digital IRVM)
  • Heated steering
  • Heated rear seats
  • Third-row seats
  • BOSE surround sound system

The Autech variant would have a sportier styling and come in 5-seat FWD and 7-seat AWD configurations. The Extremer X variant will be extra-rugged for some off-road/all-road capability, and launch in 5-seat e-4ORCE (AWD) and 7-seat e-4ORCE (AWD) configurations. This variant will be based on an X grade of the normal variant.

A more recent report from creative311.com talks about a third special variant for the X-Trail e-Power, called X-Trailer X, featuring a unique front grille. Nissan will offer seven single-tone and five two-tone color options for the X-Trail e-Power. Customers will be able to specify the X-Trailer X in Brilliant White Pearl, Diamond Black, Caspian Blue, Cardinal Red, and Dark Metal Gray (free) single-tone colors and Stealth Gray + Super Black roof and Brilliant White Pearl + Super Black roof dual-tone colors, as per the new report. It is unclear how many of these special editions will be launched outside of Japan.

Release Date

As per Nissan’s announcement from last year, sales of the 2022 Nissan X-Trail e-Power in Europe will begin in the summer of 2022. In Japan, according to the creative311.com reports, the X-Trail e-Power AWD will arrive around the end of July 2022 and the X-Trail e-Power 2WD will follow around September 2022.

Nissan has showcased the X-Trail e-Power to European dealers. In early May 2022, the company displayed the hybrid SUV in Spain (view on Instagram). At a Nissan annual dealer convention held on May 6 and 7, many upcoming Nissans for Europe were displayed. Nissan said it 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.

Nissan X-Trail e-Power part of the Ambition 2030 strategy

Nissan held an ‘Innovation Walk’ monthly event at the Nissan Headquarters Gallery in Yokohama, Japan. Visitors here experienced the history of Nissan, saw its electrification journey, and its vision of the future of electrification. A video on YouTube channel Car Inside Impression Channel (ba5cchihonda) shares a walkthrough of the event. It shows a new-generation X-Trail on display. In the display model’s description, Nissan says that it plans to launch six e-Power models, including the X-Trail e-Power, in China by 2025.

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.

We’ll update this page with the first photos and confirmed specifications of the all-new X-Trail hybrid as soon as Nissan releases them. The image used in the design section is a render and not an official image.

Featured Image: Nissan X-Trail e-Power render from TopElectricSUV.com