A look at the evolution of the segment-defying SUV over the past two decades
Kuwait (28 December 2022) – Following the global launch of the all-new, fourth-generation Nissan X-TRAIL and in anticipation of its Kuwait debut early next year, Nissan Al Babtain looks back at the decades-long journey of this benchmark-setting SUV and its reputation as the perfect companion for all adventures. Conceived as a compact SUV for a versatile lifestyle, the X-TRAIL’s popularity is built on performance-oriented styling, class-leading technology, and everyday utility, complimented with an engaging driving experience on all terrains.
The compact SUV’s unique identity combines two elements, “X” and “Trail”, with the former indicating the active lifestyle of its customers and the latter implying a track or rough road. By fusing these two components together, Nissan made a bold statement and solidified the X-TRAIL’s reputation, since it was introduced to the brand’s line-up in 2001, as one of the best-selling models in the industry's largest SUV segment, focused on delivering functionality, comfort, technology and safety.
Spanning four generations and over twenty years, the Nissan X-TRAIL’s legacy is built on a series of global milestones:
1. 2001: First Electronic Four-Wheel-Drive System in a Compact SUV
Introduced in 2001, the Nissan X-TRAIL brought to the market a genuine, compact 4x4 SUV. The design of this groundbreaking model was a fine balance between road and trail, communicating sophistication with strength.
What truly set the X-TRAIL apart, however, was its ALL MODE 4x4 system, developed for a secure and relaxed driving experience on all terrains. This innovative technology was the first electronic four-wheel drive system in a compact 4X4 and was based on the same principles of the system used in the Nissan Skyline GT-R.
2. 2007: The World’s Most Advanced 4x4 Technology
Launched in 2007, the second-generation X-TRAIL added a new dimension to the small utility segment and was designed to shift the way young customers viewed compact SUVs. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, this all-new model was recognized as possessing the world’s most advanced 4x4 technology.
Combining authentic 4x4 styling with real outdoor functionality, the second-generation X-TRAIL served as the ultimate compact SUV for those with an active and adventurous lifestyle. This was complemented by exceptional handling, enviable off-road capability, and an interior space that combined innovation and versatility.
3. 2014: The World’s Best-Selling SUV
Making its global debut in 2014, the third-generation Nissan X-TRAIL retained the outgoing model’s go-anywhere capability but added a host of features to redefine what customers can expect from a compact SUV. In true Nissan fashion, the third-generation X-TRAIL introduced premium technology to a new area of the market, with numerous first-in-segment safety and technology features under Nissan Intelligent Mobility and NissanConnect navigation systems.
Built for families, the third-generation model was also the first Nissan X-TRAIL to offer a 7-seater option and sported a new crossover design. A true sales success, this generation marked the X-TRAIL becoming the World’s Best-Selling SUV within its segment with over three million units sold globally.
4. 2022: The All-New Nissan X-TRAIL
The all-new fourth-generation Nissan X-TRAIL, which was launched globally last year and is set to make its Middle East debut early next year, has already begun to attract the attention of fans in the region. Representing one of the most comprehensive model redesigns in Nissan’s history, the all-new X-TRAIL is among the brand’s most technologically advanced SUVs to date and its elevated, premium styling serves as a true reflection of its spirit – versatile and adventurous, with no compromise on comfort.
The latest X-TRAIL adds to Nissan’s robust SUV offering in Kuwait – which has seen an overall uplift in line with the Nissan NEXT transformational plan. The line-up – which also includes the KICKS, X-Terra, Pathfinder, Patrol, Patrol NISMO and Patrol Super Safari – aims to address the needs and expectations of varied consumer groups. Supplemented by a strong dealer network and a tailored, omnichannel customer journey, Nissan Al babtain remains committed to ensuring a holistic automotive experience for its customers in Kuwait.