Shortly after making its debut in Thailand, the T32 Nissan X-Trail facelift will soon be available for the Malaysian market. Edaran Tan Chong Malaysia (ETCM) said the seven-seat SUV will be launched in April, although those interested can begin to place their bookings now.

UPDATE: The just-announced “tentative official prices” for the X-Trail facelift are lower than the estimates: RM133,888 for the 2.0L 2WD, RM145,888 for the 2.0L 2WD Mid, RM153,888 for the 2.5L 4WD and RM159,888 for the Hybrid, OTR without insurance.

There are four variants of the new X-Trail to be had, starting from the petrol-only X-Trail 2.0L 2WD (RM139,900), X-Trail 2.0L 2WD Mid (RM149,900), X-Trail 2.5L 4WD (RM159,900), as well as the new range-topping X-Trail 2.0L Hybrid (RM169,900).

Unlike Honda Malaysia, which positions its hybrid models with lower specs, ETCM puts it as its flagship model. Do note that the prices stated are estimations – the final figure may differ.

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Entry-level 2.0L models are powered by the MR20DD 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, offering 144 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 4,400 rpm, whereas the second rung model gets a QR25DE 2.5 litre engine making 171 PS at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm at 4,000 rpm. All models get the same Xtronic CVT from before.

Meanwhile, the X-Trail Hybrid shares the same 2.0 litre petrol engine, but it’s been optimised for the hybrid system. Changes include a low-friction oil seal and removal of auxiliary belt. An electric motor helps provide an additional 41 PS and 160 Nm.

The hybrid engine is also paired with a CVT, but it gets Nissan’s Intelligent Dual Clutch Control – a one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid system. The “dual clutch” here refers to the clutch between the engine and the electric motor, and the clutch between the electric motor and the Xtronic CVT. Coasting is possible at speeds below 120 km/h – this decouples the CVT from the engine.

The X-Trail Hybrid claims to yield an average fuel consumption of 6.21 litres per 100 km, which ETCM says is the best in class. In any case, all variants of the X-Trail are EEV-certified. However, it’s worth noting that the Hybrid is only available as a five-seater model due to the hybrid battery placement – the rest remain as seven-seaters.

In terms of looks, the SUV gets a new V-Motion radiator grille, new headlights with revised LED DRLs, as well as smoked LED combination tail lights. Five exterior colours can be had, starting with Brilliant White, Tungsten Silver, Titanium Olive, Diamond Black and the new Imperial Umber (shown in picture above).

Elsewhere, there’s a seven-inch Navi infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities, flat bottom steering wheel, powered leather front seats, leatherette dashboard and knee pads, and a new five-inch Advanced Drive Assist digital display within the instrument panel.

The safety kit has also been considerably updated – Nissan Intelligent Mobility is now available for all models, which bundles features such as Around View Monitor with Intelligent Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Ride Control, Intelligent Engine Brake and Intelligent Trace Control as standard.

Move up to the 2.0L Mid and it gets Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Motion Activated Power Tailgate, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Only the 2.5L 4WD and 2.0L Hybrid get Intelligent Cruise Control, High Beam Assist and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning with Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (AEB).

Airbag count is up from the current two – top three models get six airbags as standard, but the cheapest 2.0L 2WD only gets four. Other safety features include Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold function, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist (HSA), and two Isofix child seat anchors with top tether.

Lastly, the X-Trail facelift comes with the standard five-year unlimited mileage warranty programme. This is also standard for the X-Trail Hybrid – the warranty programme includes hybrid parts and lithium-ion battery). In conjunction with the pre-launch, customers will get a two-year or 40,000 km Periodic Maintenance Service (whichever comes first). Additionally, the first 500 registered vehicles will also receive an exclusive gift worth RM488. You may read our in-depth review of the pre-facelift X-Trail, here.

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