Now the Nissan X-Trail can be petrol-powered

Since its European launch in 2014, the third-generation Nissan X-Trail has only been available with a 1.6 litre diesel engine. However, that situation is about to change with the arrival of a petrol alternative.

The new 1.6 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged DIG-T unit produces 160 bhp (120 kW / 163 PS) with 240 Nm (177 lb/ft) of peak torque.

That output, which is delivered via a six-speed manual transmission, is enough to accelerate the X-Trail from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.7 seconds. Top speed is 124 mph (200 km/h).

Nissan X-Trail (2014) Front Side

A standard stop-start system contributes to a respectable 45.6 mpg (6.2 l/100km) on the combined cycle. Carbon dioxide emissions of 145 g/km aren’t especially commendable, though.

By comparison, the slower diesel X-Trail takes 10.5 seconds to reach 62 mph. As would be expected, figures of 57.6 mpg (4.9 l/100km) and 129 g/km indicate better efficiency.

The petrol-powered X-Trail does have a major cost advantage, though.

Prices range from £21,995 to £29,245, making it up to £1,590 cheaper than the diesel version. Such a significant difference means buyers should do some serious sums before deciding which powertrain to go for.

UK deliveries are due to begin next month.

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