Nissan has opened its order books in Europe for the long-delayed fourth-generation X-Trail midsize SUV, which is available with a hybrid drivetrain for the first time.
The X-Trail adopts Nissan’s e-Power hybrid drivetrain from the smaller Qashqai SUV, with a lower-powered mild-hybrid version also available. The starting price will be 35,500 euros ($35,500) in Germany for the entry mild hybrid, rising to 55,730 euros for the top-spec all-wheel-drive e-Power model.
First deliveries are scheduled for November.
The X-Trail is adapted from the Rogue midsize model for the U.S. market that launched in 2020, but Nissan delayed the European debut for at least a year for unspecified reasons. The X-Trail is built on the same Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-C/D platform as the Rogue and the smaller Qashqai, as well as sibling Renault SUV models.
Nissan is aiming to claw back leadership of the volume midsize SUV market it ceded to Skoda, which makes the segment-leading Kodiaq.
Second behind the Kodiaq in the first seven months of the year was the full-electric Volkswagen ID4, while the second-highest placed combustion-engine model was the Peugeot 5008, according to figures from Dataforce.
Other combustion-engine rivals include the VW Tiguan Allspace, Seat Tarraco, Kia Sorrento and Hyundai Santa Fe. The X-Trail will also compete against the Toyota RAV4 hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
Only 382 X-Trails were registered in Europe through July this year, according to Dataforce. There were 7,076 registered in the first seven months of 2021.