Cool technology seems to come to South Africa in dribs and drabs when it comes at all. The Nissan X-Trail has been one of the models most consistently updated with tech, and now we have a comprehensive list of what we are about to receive.
Engines and transmission
The 7-seater Visia has the familiar and much loved naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol that gives you 106kW and 200Nm on the front wheels via a six-speed manual.
The Acenta will now come in five- and seven-seater options, 4WD with the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four, giving 126kW and 233Nm through a CVT transmission.
Top of the range Tekna is still available in petrol – a seven-seater with the same 2.5-litre CVT setup – and a 5-seat 1.6 dCi that gives 96kW and 320Nm to all wheels via a six-speed manual.
There, right in front of your left shoulder, no matter which 2021 X-Trail you buy, will be the beautiful, giant seven-inch Nissan Connect infotainment screen. Apple or Android, it will connect to your phone via the touchscreen. If we make it sound like a big deal, it is. The improvement in your driving experience is massive.
As you move up the trim levels, the price brings you extra features. The Acenta and Tekna both offers LED lights, a reverse camera, push-start button, keyless entry with a sensor and a controlled power tailgate.
The top-range Tekna models get the full tech suite called Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM). NIM gives you the following exceedingly exciting and useful technology:
Intelligent blind spot intervention, which alerts you to the presence of blind spots diagonally behind your car.
Intelligent lane intervention monitors the lane markings on the road and will beep you if you stray from your lane. This is specifically useful for those that travel long distances and when you are distracted behind the wheel.
Intelligent cross-traffic alert. You know when you are reversing out of a parking bay and cannot see past the kombi parked next to you and some approaching driver hoots at you instead of slowing down? This will tell you about that driver before he hoots. Also called idiot alert.
Intelligent emergency braking uses radar to monitor your speed and how close the cars in front of you are. If the proximity diminishes too fast, this system will warn you and then brake your car as hard as need be. If you cannot avoid the obstacle in front of you, the intelligent forward collision warning will tell what is about to happen.
Intelligent auto headlights will help you be a more considerate driver by sensing approaching vehicles at night and automatically switching between high and low beams as needed.
An intelligent around-view monitor will look all around you to help you park, including telling you about moving objects like security guards on Segway scooters.
If you would like to have a look at or test-drive the new Nissan X-Trail new tech, visit our Nissan X-Trail page.