Old against new: 2020 vs. 2015 Nissan X-Trail


Nissan unveiled the 2021 version of its X-Trail crossover SUV to the world in the middle of last year. While we await its arrival on local shores, we still have the 2020 model (a carryover from 2017) on sale. Despite being the outgoing model, the locally available Nissan X-Trail still presents plenty of enticements for any crossover car buyer. Let’s take a look at how it differs from the X-Trail before it ( 2015 model year) to see how the X-Trail has changed between versions.


Although the Nissan X-Trail’s overall silhouette stays relatively the same, the front façade has been redesigned to give the car a uniform V-Motion grille to match the rest of Nissan’s lineup. An enlarged grille houses a more chromed V-shape detail while revised headlights sandwich the grille along with sharper LED light signatures. The old circular fog lights have been replaced a more angular set, too, helping the front achieve a more contemporary look.

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At the Nissan x-trail rear, the lamps now feature full-LED brake lights and some extra chrome highlights here and there to give it a more upmarket aesthetic. The side view is enhanced by a set of new alloy wheel options while top-spec units get some more chromed trim on the sideskirts.

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The most obvious change in the cabin of the new Nissan X-Trail is the redesigned steering wheel. Now with a flat-bottomed design instead of the circular one found in the old, the X-Trail cockpit is now easier to get in and out of. The ergonomics of the four-way thumb controllers have also been improved, designed to reduce the amount of time needed to fiddle the controls. A 5-inch QVGA (whatever that means) infotainment system permits Bluetooth, USB, and iPhone connectivity linking to four or six speakers depending on trim. Though the operating system looks outdated, it’s still plenty responsive. Finally, an panoramic sunroof offers a stunning view of the sky whether night or day.


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As this is only a refresh, the Nissan X-Trail is basically the same size as the outgoing model, with the same wheelbase length at 2705mm. Thanks to improvements in interior design however, the boot has grown from 550 liters in the old model to 565 liters in the new one, adding to the X-Trail’s overall utility. Owners can even access to up to 1,996 liters of cargo room when the rear seats are all folded flat. Second row splits 40:20:40, while third row splits 50:50. Apart from these, the cargo space also boasts extreme versatility.


Nissan left much of the powertrain intact, while also introducing few more modern and smarter tech to enhance performance, safety, and reliability. The two-engine range is unchanged, with both new Nissan X-Trail variants running on the same gasoline power mills as the old units. The 2.5-liter (169hp, 233Nm) drives the 4x4 variant, while a 2.0-liter (142hp, 200Nm) propels the 4x2 trim. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) handles shifting duties for both engines. Suspension is made up of an independent strut type with stabilizer at the front and a multi-link strut type with stabilizer at the rear. The X-Trail is also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential for all-terrain peace of mind.


Safety is one area of great improvement for the new Nissan X-Trail. Most notable is the new Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) suite of driving assistance systems that send out warnings and alerts and can even perform autonomous driving duties when needed, thanks to a moving object detection system that provides a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the car’s surroundings. Among these NIM systems include a new automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and rear cross traffic monitoring to alert you if you’re about to back into unseen traffic. Other noteworthy safety features include forward collision warning with intelligent emergency braking, blind spot warning, and an All-Mode 4x4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system that intuitively sense slippery roads or rough terrain, then automatically adjusts power sent to each wheel so the driver can maintain control and stability of the vehicle.

Pricing and options

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The old X-Trail came in two variants, with the 4x2 variant priced at PHP1.4 million and the 4x4 variant priced at PHP1.6 million.

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The new Nissan X-Trail also has two variants, with the 2.0L 4x2 priced at PHP1.53 million and the 2.5L 4x4 priced at 1.82 million. Color options include Premium Corona Orange, Marine Blue, Pearl White, Gun Metallic, and Diamond Black.

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