Nissan X-Trail up for full makeover

JIJI

Nissan Motor Co. will launch a fully remodeled X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Japan in December.

With a redesigned interior and exterior, the new X-Trail is targeted not only at drivers who enjoy the outdoors, but also people who drive mainly in urban areas. It also comes with improved driving support and safety systems, the automaker said.

Fuel-efficiency has also been improved, with the two-wheel-drive model getting 16.4 km per liter, rather than 12.

Nissan plans to launch a hybrid version of the new X-Trail in December 2014.

The gasoline-powered version will be priced between ¥2 million and ¥2.8 million, almost unchanged from the price of the current model.

Nissan is aiming to sell more than 3 million units a year.