Nissan unwrapped the Hi-Cross concept at Geneva last year, giving rise to speculation on whether the Hi-Cross previews the direction which the next generation X-Trail SUV would take. For it part, Nissan preferred to maintain a stoic silence. Nearly a year later, patent drawings of an SUV very similar to the Nissan Hi-Cross concept have hit the interweb, prompting speculations that the Hi-Cross would indeed replace the X-Trail as the all new 2014 next gen model of this popular SUV. From the patent drawings, it seems that the production-spec Hi-Cross is very similar to the concept version, barring a few changes to suit the production floor.
The production version of the Hi-Cross/2014 X-Trail does seem to have lost a few curves that the Hi-Cross concept featured and also, the production spec patent images show the next gen X-Trail to be longer than before. So, the addition of a third row in the next-gen X-Trail is something that could happen. However, the third row could be a claustrophobic place to be in given the fact that the 2014 X-Trail’s C-Pillar is one chunky item.
Even as it is a little to early to judge the seating capacity of the 2014 X-Trail, the SUV will indeed be bigger than the current generation model given the Hi-Cross concept in itself was bigger than the current X-Trail. Expect petrol and turbo diesel engines to be used on the next generation 2014 X-Trial SUV while Nissan’s X-TRONIC CVT automatic gearbox could be a standard fixture in most variants.
An all wheel drive option is expected to be standard on the top end variants while an entry two wheel drive option is something that Nissan could look at for specific car markets. Currently, the X-Trail SUV that is sold in India is imported into the country as a completely built unit. This has pushed up the cost of the SUV quite significantly, leading to luxury SUV buyers preferring cheaper options like the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs.
So, it remains to be seen if Nissan India will begin assembling the next generation 2014 X-Trial in India through the CKD route. Expect more details about the next generation 2014 Nissan X-Trail to surface in the months to come with a launch in the second half of 2013 being likely.