Nissan finally introduced the hybrid version of the X-Trail that hadn’t been unveiled. I had the opportunity to test drive it.
The hybrid X-Trail is basically a gasoline vehicle combined with a motor, which seems to be a good idea. The engine output of both the gasoline and hybrid vehicle is 147hp. In the hybrid vehicle, they combined a 41hp motor with its engine and it achieved a 188hp system output.
The system configuration of the X-Trail hybrid is parallel; it has an engine/clutch/motor/CVT. You can run the vehicle using just the engine or the motor. Furthermore, its torque transmission has a direct feel, because a converter is not attached on the CVT.
I drove it and I almost did not notice when the motor is running or stopping. I’d only notice it if I checked the monitor. It was pretty difficult if I did not do it. This is a good point for a hybrid. However, to some extent, to get a grip of its movement is fun for a driver. Although its hybrid characteristics were evident to me, it was a little boring only when re-fueling.
The major feature of the X-Trail hybrid is that you can choose the All-mode 4Ã—4i drive system similar to that of the gasoline engine. The motor increases the torque as the system of the vehicle. In addition, it is expected to have good performance even on rough roads, because it uses this All-mode 4Ã—4i.
It saves enough torque when running on highways and public roads.Therefore, it is possible to drive with more than a 2-liter engine. Its comfortable running was made for you to enjoy driving. I cannot feel a great effect of its weight on the handling; this vehicle is about 60kg heavier compared that of the engine vehicle.
The significant difference between the X-Trail hybrid and the gasoline engine vehicle is the third row seat. The engine vehicle also has a specification in which there isn’t a third row seat. Nevertheless, it is physically impossible to equip the third seat on the hybrid vehicle, because it also has its own system equipped.
In other words, it means that they gave up the seat upon hybrizing the X-Trail. Other than that, there’s nothing wrong with its packaging.
I would’ve wanted it to be a hybrid car while, through some sort of sorcery, having the third row seat retained.
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Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)