The exterior upgrade is concentrated mostly around the front end, which now sports a revised bumper, updated headlamp surrounds (mid- and high-spec LE and SE variants now feature a chromed headlamp backing, while XE-grade X-Trails have black headlight housings), and more prominent wheel arches for placing larger alloys - redesigned 18-inchers LE model and 17-inch rims in a twin-spoke design for the SE and XE models. The back features vertical LED brake lamp elements and a choice of three new colors is offered: brilliant-white, new silver and metallic grey/blue.
Nissan has focused on improving the quality of the 2011 X-Trail’s cabin materials and reshaping of the seat backs front helped to find an additional 10 mm of free space for knee. The top-range LE model equipped with a 3.3-inch QVGA display which integrated into the rearview mirror that works together with a rear parking camera and park distance sensor. The LE model also has a keyless entry and go module.
Also the SE models in standard specification obtain a bump-up with the addition of such characteristic as: automatic headlights plus rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, Bluetooth connectivity and a multifunction steering wheel with controls for the entertainment system and cruise control functions. In addition XE models provide extra safety kit in the shape of curtain and front side airbags as well as speed-sensitive automatic door locks.
The X-trail is presented with an option of 2,0-litre petrol (102 kW/198 N.m) or 2,0-litre turbo diesel (110 kW/320 N.m) motors, as well as a 2,5-litre petrol (125 kW/226 N.m). Both 2.0-litre motors are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox on XE models, as is the SE’s 2.5-litre. The top-range LE offers an automatic transmission with its turbo diesel unit, while the petrols are mated with a CVT box.
A 203 mm ground clearance, 4X4 mode with Active Brake Limited Slip Differential, The Hill Start Assist Vehicle Dynamics Control and an Advanced Hill Descent Control system allows the driver to specify the preferred rate of descent, between 4 and 15 km/h continue to lend the X-Trail a good level of off-road ability.