July 21, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The fourth-generation Nissan X-Trail debuts with e-POWER and e-4ORCE tech

Around a week or so ago, Honda revealed its latest-generation CR-V. Now, it’s Nissan’s turn to answer as the Japanese car company debuts the fourth-generation X-Trail.

The X-Trail, for those who may have forgotten, is Nissan’s take on the compact crossover. This new one retains the rugged yet sophisticated look of its predecessor but adds something extra special. And this can be found underneath the sheet metal.

More specifically, the latest X-Trail comes with Nissan’s e-POWER drive system and e-4ORCE all-wheel drive technology. If the former sounds familiar, it’s because it is the same technology being paraded by Nissan Philippines Inc for its upcoming Kicks e-POWER subcompact cross. Just like the Kicks, this one is powered by an electric motor driving the wheels and a gasoline engine that charges the generator to run that electric mill.

While it may sound quite complicated, it is simply an EV that does not require any charging cable as topping up the battery is done by the said 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine. Nissan claims that since the engine does not do any driving duties, it can run at an optimum level at all times, helping improve efficiency, as well as reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions.

As for that electric motor, it powers all four wheels via the e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system in a smooth and quiet fashion. And thanks to the e-pedal system, one-pedal driving is possible where you merely need to lift off the throttle to slow down and stop the X-Trail.

Beyond the tech under the hood, the new X-Trail features a cabin that can seat up to 7 passengers in comfort. They will likewise be kept connected and entertained thanks to a 12.3-inch infotainment system. The driver also gets a 12.3-in instrument cluster display, along with a 10-inch Heads-Up display directly in their line of sight.

All told, the 4th-generation Nissan X-Trail looks to bring efficient, innovative, and exciting technologies to the compact crossover segment. The only question is, will it make it to our shores, specifically with the e-POWER and e-4ORCE technologies? In the meantime, it will go on sale in Japan later this month.

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