Driving the All-new Nissan X-Trail up the City of Pines

Driving the All-new Nissan X-Trail up the City of Pines

Last week, we were able to drive the all-new 2014 Nissan X-Trail all the way up north to test its capabilities as a vehicle that’s always ready for anything the harsh roads might throw its way. Nissan Philippines is one of the first to have it in southeast Asia and we were lucky to experience it firsthand. So we packed our bags, fastened our seatbelts, and we were off to hit the highway.


The all-new X-Trail comes in two variants – 2.0- and 2.5-liter models. 4WD only comes in with the 2.5-liter X-Trail.

We stitched up a short video of our trip to Baguio. It shows more of the X-Trail and its features like the 360-degree Around View Monitor. Watch it below:


Physically, the third-generation X-Trail is bigger, taller, and wider than its predecessors and even to others in its category. It has a muscular stance while its front features the V-motion grille that’s also present in other Nissan vehicles. The SUV also comes with a new boomerang-shaped tail lamps that keep it looking sharp, while LED daytime running lights make you stand out in public.


The new X-Trail is ready to take you on an adventure whether it be long, winding roads, or even floods with its 210mm ground clearance. There are no problems fitting people inside since the interior is roomy thanks to its longer wheelbase. The seats can also be set up to turn it into a 7-seater vehicle.



It’s installed with a 5-inch LCD display that shows its Around View Monitor — basically a bird’s eye view of the car used while backing up made possible by four cameras installed on all sides of the vehicle. It’s a pretty neat and useful feature to have especially for those having problems parallel parking or when in tight spaces.


The 4×4 X-Trail that we drove carries a 2.5-liter engine which outputs 171 horses and 233Nm of torque. It’s got an Eco Mode for a more controlled fuel consumption and is partnered with the company’s XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).


For those with car-sickness, the 2014 X-Trail boasts an Active Ride Control that makes the drive smooth with less bumps. Adding to that, it has an Active Engine Brake which ensures better braking control, Hill Start Assist that basically prevents the vehicle from rolling back on inclined roads, and Descent Control that assists the vehicle when going down on steep slopes.


The all-new X-Trail was a joy to bring up the City of Pines. Driving it was like driving a small car as it easily traces the winding roads of Kennon Road. For more power, users can opt to turn off its Eco Mode  — doing so unleashes the engine’s full potential and together with its four-wheel drive, going up on steep roads was effortless.

Launched during the 5th Philippine International Motor Show, the third-generation X-Trail is packed with testosterone to take on whatever challenge it faces. It will be available for purchase starting today, October 20, 2014, and will start at Php1,375,000.

2014 Nissan X-Trail specs (Premium Package):
2.5L twin cam 16-valve DOHC engine
4WD (All Mode 4X4i)
Descent control
Auto speed control system
Headlamp: auto on/off (Dusk sensor)
Roof rail
Front foglamps
Rain-sensing wiper
Daytime running lights (DRL)
Leather wrap steering
Around View Monitor
Dual zone climate control
5-inch display audio
6x speakers
17-inch alloy wheels
Colors: Fiery Red, Copper Blaze, Pearl White, Diamond Black, Brilliant Silver
Price: Php1,580,000

2014 Nissan X-Trail specs (Value Package):
2.0L twin cam 16-valve DOHC engine
Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
Electric Power Steering
Halogen with LED clearance lamps
Daytime running lights (DRL)
Variable intermittent wiper
Dual zone climate control
Dual SRS Airbag
3-point seat belt
Hill start assist
Intelligent key with push button start
4x speakers
17-inch alloy wheels
Colors: Pearl White, Diamond Black, Brilliant Silver
Price: Php1,375,000

As an offer for a better deal, Nissan Philippines is accepting reservations for the all-new X-Trail at a special introductory price of Php1,550,000 (4×4) and Php1,350,000 (4×2) until October 31, 2014 only. Visit the nearest Nissan dealership for more inquiries.

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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  1. suy says:

    Brake not break. Bad editor

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