| 09.20.2014 – CAMPI’s 5th Philippine Motor Show is one of the important event when you go to the very first day as teach car manufacturer unveil their upcoming vehicles for this year and 2015 models. Some of them are just concept cars that catch your attention.
It’s rare that they launch their latest car first in the Asian region and Nissan might be that company to bring the latest incarnation of the X-Trail to the Philippines. But before that moment Nissan also have the Altima, Almera, Sylphy, and the Patrol on display…
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The launch time for Nissan was late in the afternoon about 5:30 PM, which prior to that they started serving refreshments for the media eager to see what Nissan has to offer with other car brands presentation as exciting as the other one followed. There’s not much pageantry when Nissan started with the program as Mr. Anton Zara stepped on the stage and talked about the company’s growth over the year.
Nissan for the 5th PIMS have taken a step backward with presentation, but giving the media and its motor show visitors renewed interest in the brand as he presented the line up of vehicles they have on display and then another intermission of dance performance to launch the all-new X-Trail to the public.
The X-Trail is a compact sports utility vehicle which much success in key markets including the US, Japan, China and Australia aims to make bold step forward to compete with other contenders in this segment. It was first seen in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then covered solid ground, and is eyeing to launch in 190 countries.
Its Philippine launch is one of the first in the ASEAN region to bring the SUV to the public eye. The forerunners of the all-new X-Trail were introduced in the country back in 2003 and in 2008. After years of anticipation, Nissan will finally make the third generation X-Trail available in showrooms by November 2014. This preview looks promising as it was revealed.
The all-new X-Trail emerges strong, bold, and still heavily reflective of its outstanding on- and off-road capability. It delivers an unprecedented, full sensory driving experience within a shell that is sharp, stunning, and well-engineered.
From its boxy predecessor, the all-new X-Trail shows a shift to a more modern crossover appearance – its design begins with distinctive V-motion front grille that is complemented by LED daytime running lights and boomerang-shaped tail lamps – making it the most stylish X-Trail yet.
Built and assembled in Nissan's Kyushu plant, the all-new X-Trail's design undeniably embodies an attractive styling. It is fit for on-road driving, but with its 210 mm ground clearance, the all-new X-Trail has more off-road versatility than its competition, giving it a good balance between performance and value for money. For easier ingress and egress, the all-new X-Trail has doors that swing wide up to 80 degrees.
Inside, the all-new X-Trail has a much bigger cabin. The interior now has a more functional layout with luxurious panels, brushed metallic accents and soft-touch surfaces. The 4x4 variant comes with multi-function switches in the steering wheel that controls the meter, audio, cruise control and hands-free phone connectivity.
The audio system has been enhanced by a 5-inch LCD monitor with CD/Tuner/MP3/AUX/USB and Bluetooth functions. Fronts seats up front slide and recline with adjustable headrests. The seat backs of the second row seats has a 40:20:40 split and comes with slide function, adjustable headrests, center armrest and walk-in function, while the third row seats have a 50:50 split with manual singe folding function and adjustable headrests.
“We are proud to launch the all-new X-Trail at PIMS because it is a model highly anticipated by Filipino fans. It’s sleek, stylish, comfortable and loaded with a lot of new features that shows Nissan’s brand of innovation,” said Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of NPI.
‘Built on testosterone’
This stylish urban compact SUV is a powerful machine that delivers propulsion, exudes a rugged character, and sits at the summit of its segment – dauntless, defiant and firm.
Powering the all-new X-Trail is two of Nissan’s powerful but fuel efficient petrol engines. The MR20DD 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine is capable of providing 144 PS and 200 Nm of torque powers the 4x2 variant. Meanwhile, the QR25DE 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine produces 171 PS and 233 Nm of thrust powers the 4x4 variant. Both engines are mated to Nissan’s latest technology XTRONIC transmission.
The third generation X-Trail also incorporates world’s first features such as Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake that make a huge statement in the compact SUV segment.
The Active Ride Control system continuously monitors the road surface and effectively alters suspension damping to control the vehicle’s pitch – managing the body roll during high-speed cornering. Meanwhile, the Active Engine Brake system assists in speed adjustments to ensure a smooth turn when stepping on the brake pedal.
Exciting features of the all-new X-Trail include Around View Monitor available in the 4x4 variant – it allows a 360-degree real time and synchronized view that helps the driver maneuver around obstacles while parking; the Hill Start Assistance system – when stopped in an incline, maintains the brake pressure for a maximum of two seconds after the driver’s foot has left the brake pedal, enabling the driver to switch the foot to the accelerator without the vehicle rolling back.
Coming to the Philippines
The all-new X-Trail is available in Pearl White, Diamond Black, Brilliant Silver, Fiery Red and a Special Copper Blaze edition that is available for the 4x4 variant. With a suggested retail price of PhP1,375,000 for the 2.0-liter 4x2 variant and PhP1,580,000 for the 2.5-liter 4x4 variant, Nissan is now accepting reservations for the all-new X-Trail starting today.
Nissan is also excited to announce a limited-time offer for the all-new X-Trail having its introductory price set at PhP 1,350,000 for the 4x2 variant and PhP 1,550,000 for the 4x4 variant which is the same MSRP as for the second-generation X-Trail. This offer will run until October 31, 2014.
In addition to the all-new-X-Trail, NPI showcases its full lineup of vehicles including the Almera, the recently launched global sedans: Sylphy and Altima and the New Patrol Super Safari armed with a new engine.
“I am very excited to see many firsts in NPI: our participation in PIMS, recent membership in CAMPI, and the launch of the all-new X-Trail, that are all celebrated by the company moving forward,” Zara added.
The 5th Philippine International Motor Show, which goes by the 2014, theme Progress in Motion, is organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI). It runs from September 18 until September 21, 2014 at The World Trade Center in Pasay City.
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