This may come as a surprise to some of you, but the T32 Nissan X-Trail has been serving active duty for nearly six years – the popular seven-seat SUV first broke cover at the Frankfurt motor show back in 2013. A midlife update was introduced four years later in 2017 (2016 for the US model), and now it’s finally our turn to get the refreshed model.

With the order books now open, it’s time we dissect the differences between the new 2019 facelift and the original. Let’s start with the model range. There are four flavours of the X-Trail for your choosing, starting from the base 2.0L 2WD, 2.0L 2WD Mid, 2.5L 4WD and range-topping 2.0L Hybrid 2WD. Prices start from RM140k to RM170k, although it’s worth pointing out that these are simply indicative prices – Edaran Tan Chong Malaysia (ETCM) said the actual figure may be lower.

Now, in terms of exterior design, the facelift model carries quite a distinctive look, and it’s easy to tell the two apart. From the front, the new X-Trail gets a bolder V-Motion radiator grille, with the outer edges outlined in a slim gloss black trim. The headlights are new as well, complete with a lower kink and new boomerang-shaped LED DRLs. The base 2.0L 2WD is the sole variant to get halogen reflector units – others get dual projector LED lights.

The front bumper is completely new and looks more muscular than before. The rounded fog lamps from before have been replaced by slimmer rectangular ones, and the lower intake gets two horizontal slats. The lower diffuser now appears bolder as well.

Round the side, the X-Trail facelift still sit on 17-inch wheels, but the spokes take on a more distinct ‘V-shape’ design. All models share the same alloy wheels, but those on the 2.5L 4WD and 2.0L Hybrid get a dark titanium finish.

At the back, all models get the same smoked LED combination tail lights, shark fin antenna (replaces the bee sting type), and a new bumper with revised diffuser. Motion-sensing power tailgate is available as well, except for the base model.

Next, the cabin. New appointments include a nicer flat-bottom leather steering wheel, a new five-inch Advanced Drive Assist digital display in the instrument panel (the 2.0L Hybrid gets its own unique design for the hybrid driving data), dark surrounds for the centre air vents, leatherette dash trim on the passenger side, and a new gear lever.

Of course, the seven-inch infotainment system has been updated to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionalities, and if you look closer the six preset buttons under the screen have been removed as well. The new electro-mechanical parking brake switch with auto hold assist is standard across the range, so gone is the old mechanical foot brake.

Also worthy of note is that the 2.0L Hybrid is only available as a five-seater, and this is due to the positioning of the 0.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the boot floor. Despite this, the hybrid still comes with a spare tyre, as do the rest of the pack.

On the powertrain side of things, the existing MR20DD 2.0 litre and QR25DE 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engines continue their respective propulsion duties. All engines are EEV-certified by the Malaysian government, and are paired to the same Xtronic CVT with manual shift mode.

Sitting at the top of the model range is the 2.0L Hybrid 2WD. It shares the same MR20DD 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. No combined output figures have been detailed, but it yields an average fuel consumption rating of 6.21 litres per 100 km, which Nissan claims to be best in class.

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.

Lastly, safety. It’s been considerably updated, now featuring Nissan Intelligent Mobility for all models, which bundles goodies like Around View Monitor with Intelligent Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Ride Control, Intelligent Engine Brake and Intelligent Trace Control.

The 2.0L Mid gains 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 as well – 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.

For aftersales, 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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