News: STYLE COMES AS STANDARD ON THE X-TRAIL STYLE EDITION

It can be a difficult and lonely time sat up on the top tier of MotorMartin Towers waiting for the daily motoring news to arrive. Anxiety over manufacturers trying out a new, untested direction or worry regarding styling tweaks on a hitherto beautiful motor can dominate the thoughts, making all other activities virtually impossible. So when I heard that Nissan were planning to enhance their successful X-Trail Crossover the panic began to set in. After all, the X-Trail isn’t exactly the ugly duckling of the Nissan range *.

And now MotorMartin has been made aware that Nissan has introduced a new special edition of the X-Trail crossover that features many of the car’s most desirable accessories. The X-Trail Style Edition is on sale now which, Nissan say, further enhances the model’s reputation for premium quality, comfort and contemporary design.

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Nissan have let MotorMartin know that they have used the range-topping Tekna grade as their starting point, the long list of additional equipment includes alloy sports pedals, chrome door sills, chrome mirror caps, a chrome finisher on the lower boot and striking 19-inch ‘Black Ibiscus’ alloywheels. In addition there’s extra protective trim on the boot lip and a practical boot floor mat.

Fortunately, the high level of specification included on Tekna trim means a wide range of Nissan’s easy-to-use infotainment technology is already featured on the car. It’s accessed via the intuitive NissanConnect seven-inch touch-screen. Nissan have shared with MotorMartin that the X-Trail Style Edition includes a comprehensive suite of real-world safety systems, including Nissan Safety Shield with Around View Monitor, Forward Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Signal Recognition. Nissan’s innovative Intelligent Park Assist is also fitted.

There’s no lack of luxury for the driver and their passenger as the Style has leather upholstery on the seats, which are electrically adjustable and heated for the driver and front passenger, is included, plus there’s a leather steering wheel, leather gear selector and satin-finish roof rails. Lovely.

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In MotorMartin’s eyes, the X-Trail is surely the most versatile crossover in Nissan’s award-winning range, which also features the Qashqai and Juke. Nissan say that the X-Trail is available with either five or seven spacious seats, and is equipped with their innovative Luggage Board System as standard which enables owners to adjust the boot shelves and dividers to create 18 different cargo-carrying configurations, which is surely all that you would ever need. For genuine every day ‘real life’ practicality, there’s a one-touch automatic opening power tailgate.

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The Style Edition, Nissan say, is available now, priced from £29,405 and offered with the 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel or 1.6-litre DIG-T 163 petrol engines. Both come with engine start/stop to minimise emissions and fuel use, and there’s a choice of two and four-wheel drive, and manual and Xtronic transmissions.

So well done Nissan, you’ve successfully avoided spoiling the X-Trail and for that MotorMartin can sleep easy once more.

Where will you go?

* That would have to be the Juke.

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