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!).
Simmo, there is no comparison to an xtrail GT as it has a completely different engine to the rest of the xtrail family. As far as I know only the local Japan market has the GT model, but New Zealand got some through the grey import market.
Hi Jalal, there seems to be a massive difference of xee models around the world, not just different names but also different specs, it is amazing how some are available in one country but not in the next. I have been looking at the x trail Axis it looks awesome but only seems available in Japan (is that correct?).
In the UK we have now changed to ( what I think) is the soft model of the Acenta, and Tekna, with in your face consuls rather than the raw centre type.
Yeah Simmo, the Axis is also a tuned Japanese version of the exy for the local market.
We have had the T31 X-Trail launched in Australia in 2007, but we now also have the Series 3 of this T31 model. Everything has changed compared to our T30 one which is now being considered an "old" shape.
Thanks for that Jalal, what is the present top model out your way and it's price, over here it is the Tekna and it's price is £27,500, i personally think this is a fairly price, you can see how world prices have risen as my exy was £21.000. five years ago and i believe mine is just as good as the new type.
Yes, this model was only available in the Japanese Domestic Market. There is no equivalent in other markets. It's quite hard to find (English) info on this vehicle as the engine (SR20VET) is unique to this model - more engine info here:
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