Test drove an X-Trail GT yesterday and was blown away with how good is was. Today I am its new owner
It has the 276bhp SR20VET engine and yes, it is quick. The engine is responsive and moves the car effortlessly. The suspension and brakes are upgraded over the original and handle the extra power no problem. Ride quality and noise seem excellent so far. It also has a bigger, rumbly exhaust - not too loud but you easily notice it when you put your foot down
Throttle seems to have 3 settings:
- normal (gentle push)
- fast (little pressure)
- fun (full shoe)
The 2wd option has been removed so only have adaptive (4wd kicks in when required) or locked 4wd.
It is a Japanese import so comes with a Clarion navigation/entertainment centre. It's all in Japanese and can't be changed to another language. Nav only has Jap maps so no use.
With a band expander, the radio works fine. Also includes a mini-disc (remember them?) player and a memory stick slot (that the obsolete first generation one). CD player works fine and also accepts DVDs (Region 2 NTSC encoded ones) - I will rip some DVDs in this format to see if it works.
The best part though is the rear view camera which displays on the 7" screen whenever reverse is engaged.
I'll happily answer questions about it where I can (I'm no mechanic!).