Tuesday 9 September 2008

Nissan launches X-Trail 20GT (JP)

In yet another indication of Nissan's renewed commitment to alternative-fuel vehicles, the Japanese car manufacture introduced the clean diesel X-Trail 20GT. The clean-diesel SUV will go on sale in Japan only on the 18th September. The only other diesel car available on the Japanese market is the Mercedes E320 CDI.

The X-Trail 20GT is priced at the equivalent of £15,800. The X-Trail 20GT is equipped with a new 2.0 litre diesel engine that the automaker says "has the power equivalency of a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine." It delivers 170bhp at 3,750 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. The engine is linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Nissan said the X-Trail 20GT is a fuel miser, "representing an increase of approximately 30% in fuel economy over a 2.5 litre petrol engine with the same power output."

Nissan tried to inject some European flair on this version of its popular SUV, adding a redesigned front grille that uses the same design as the Euro version of the X-Trail. The cabin gets new seat fabric, step lamps, Intelligent Key and six speakers.

Nissan says that the new X-Trail 20GT is the first vehicle in the world to meet Japan's tough new emissions standards, which go into effect for new models in October 2009.

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