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Potent new diesel engine boosts Nissan X-Trail's pulling power

PUBLISHED: 07:43 16 February 2017

New 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: Nissan

New 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: Nissan

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The Nissan X-Trail's new diesel engine should give it even more off-road credibility. Andrew Evans finds out if that is the case.

New 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: NissanNew 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: Nissan

What’s new?

The big news here is the new 177PS 2.0-litre diesel engine. At launch the Nissan X-Trail could only be specified with a 130PS 1.6-litre diesel but this more potent big brother increases towing capacity by 150kg and brings a four-wheel drive automatic into the mix.

Looks and image

New 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: NissanNew 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: Nissan

Nissan’s mainstream flagship car it has the cachet of a range-topping model – and the brand itself is shucking the slightly unfashionable image it had developed in the early Noughties.

The X-Trail has more kerb appeal since replacing the boxier previous generation. In top-spec Tekna trim there’s a reasonable level of perceived quality.

Space and practicality

New 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: NissanNew 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel gives Nissan X-Trail more pull for towing duties. Pictures: Nissan

There’s no shortage of is space. In five-seat flavour, the X-Trail’s boot is 550 litres – compared to 445 litres in the seven-seat model. In either version, this balloons to 1,982 litres when all of the seats are folded flat.

A 40/20/40 split middle row helps access to the boot and the seats slide up to 26cm to vary legroom and loadspace.

Nissan has safety covered too, with standard chassis control taking care of an over enthusiastic driver, smart vision pack (optional on Visia and Acenta, standard for N-Vision and Tekna) adding forward emergency braking and lane departure warning and the safety shield on top-spec Tekna models including blind spot warning and moving object detection.

Under the bonnet

The 1.6-litre dCi turbo diesel can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox in two and four-wheel drive, and an XTronic continuously-variable transmission in the two-wheel drive variant. The 163PS, 1.6-litre DiG-T turbo petrol is manual, two-wheel drive only and the new 2.0-litre dCi turbo diesel can be selected as a four-wheel drive, six-speed manual, or paired with the Xtronic CVT in both two and four-wheel drive.

Behind the wheel

For a large vehicle, parking is a breeze with the optional around view monitor. There’s also intelligent park assist on the top-spec Tekna.

The X-Trail is comfortable, with the chassis control electronics taking care of most of bumps – even riding on 19in wheels. When it comes to negotiating bends, it’s no sports car but composed enough despite some roll.

The X-Trail is likely to be far more capable than you’ll ever need on rougher ground in 4WD specification, able to deal admirably with loose surfaces and fairly severe angles.

Value for money

The 2.0-litre manual 4x4 diesel is £29,500 in Acenta trim and has just about everything you need, except DAB radio. You’re looking at £32,165 for N-Vision and £34,165 for Tekna. The seven-seat option is £1,000.

Who would buy one?

The X-Trail is pitched at outdoorsy types with the manual’s two-tonne towing rating useful for pulling a boat or a horsebox. It’s also positioned as a vehicle you might need to upsize to while downbranding from a premium manufacturer’s five-seat SUV offerings, with Nissan placing great importance on the automatic, four-wheel drive to cater to the needs of those used to similar layouts in more upmarket cars.

SPEC AND TECH

Price: Nissan X-Trail dCI 177 from £29,050 for 2WD CVT Acenta

Engine: 2.0-litre, 177PS, four-cylinder turbo diesel

Performance (manual): 0-62mph 9.4 seconds, top speed: 127mph

MPG: 48.7 combined

CO2 emissions: 153g/km

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