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The X-Trail still offers full 4×4  offroad ability in some models, but the look has moved towards crossover

NISSAN has announced a successor to the popular Nissan X-Trail.

The latest car, seen for the first time at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, is based on a new platform jointly developed by Nissan and its alliance partner Renault codenamed CMF (Common Module Family).

Business users will like the new 1.6-litre 130PS diesel engine

There’s a change of emphasis too, with the the next X-Trail taking on a smoother crossover look that capitalises on the success that Nissan has already had in this area with the Juke and the Qashqai.

The interior gets a stylish makeover as well. That said, Nissan is keen to point out that off-road capabilities are not affected. Four-wheel drive versions get the company’s ALL-MODE 4x4i system, although two-wheel drive models will be available for more economy-minded drivers who don’t want to venture off road.

Other highlights include a seven-seat option, improved rear legroom and a new NissanConnect infotainment system.

Business users will like the new 1.6-litre 130PS diesel engine developed in conjunction with Renault, which is promised to deliver a tax-friendly CO2 emissions of as little as 129g/km, although the figures will be higher for cars fitted with the XTronic automatic transmission option.

Nissan has taken the opportunity provided by the model change to incorporate a lot of new technology that has become widespread since the previous X-Trail was launched, including safety systems such as automatic emergency braking, driver attention alert and a lane-keeping warning system.

The new Nissan X-Trail will go on sale across Europe from July 2014.

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