2022 Nissan X-Trail Debuts With Something Different Under The Hood

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The new Nissan Rogue has been available in America since the 2021 model year, and now its overseas X-Trail counterpart has debuted at this year's Shanghai Auto Show. Visually, the new X-Trail looks virtually identical to the new Rogue, featuring a more prominent V-Motion grille, redesigned headlights, and a floating roof. There is, however, a significant change under the hood that sets the new X-Trail apart from the Rogue.

Under the hood, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is only available with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. This means that, unlike its competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, the Rogue isn't offered with an electrified powertrain, though Nissan North America senior vice president of R&D Chris Reed has hinted that America's Rogue lineup could expand in the future.

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The X-Trail, on the other hand, will be available with Nissan's unique electrified "e-Power" powertrain technology as Nissan ramps up its electrification strategy, with the aim to electrify every new model by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Compared to conventional hybrids, Nissan's e-Power setup uses a gasoline engine to charge the battery and power the electric motor, allowing for responsive acceleration, smooth deceleration, and a quiet powertrain comparable to an EV, eliminating the inconvenience of external charging. Its energy efficiency is also comparable to hybrid electric vehicles, allowing Nissan to meet strict emissions targets in China.

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Specific details are being kept under wraps, but the X-Trail will likely share the same e-Power setup as the new Quashqai, which is available with a 1.5-liter engine and electric motor producing a combined 187 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. According to Nissan, e-Power models have proven popular in Japan, with over 500,000 models equipped with the unique electrified setup sold.

"We want our customers in China to experience the feeling of excitement, quietness and smooth acceleration of driving an electric car with the confidence and convenience of having a fuel tank to always rely on," said Gupta. "We are very excited that e-Power will be coming to one of our most popular models in China soon, the best-selling sedan, Nissan Sylphy, and eventually in six models by 2025." In China, the all-new Nissan X-Trail will go on sale in the second half of 2021.

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