If you peruse the automotive sales charts in Japan, you'll quickly notice that Nissan's X-Trail holds top honors in the SUV category, a position that it has retained for three years running. Updates for the 2011 model year should help the X-Trail continue its category dominance. But we aren't too interested in boasting about Nissan's sales success, we'd rather focus on the environmental goodness of the X-Trail 20GT, the world's first clean diesel vehicle to meet Japan's stringent "Post New Long-term Regulations" (PNLTR).
The new X-Trail 20GT now features an efficient six-speed automatic transmission and clean diesel technology. When the X-Trail 20GT goes on sale later this month, its status as the world's first vehicle to meet PNLTR standards will be carved in stone. What's the big deal about meeting PNLTR standards? Well, Nissan outlines the stringent guidelines as:
So, what's the big deal? Well, Nissan's X-Trail 20GT meets emissions requirements that are nearly identical to the extremely stringent Euro 6 standard. However, the Euro 6 standard won't go into effect until 2014, meaning Nissan has the jump on most of its competition and, since the X-Trail 20GT is so clean, Japan offers up an incentive worth U.S. $2,400 (at the current exchange rate) on each 20GT purchased. That bargain-inducing incentive should help the X-Trial hold onto its top spot for years to come. Follow the jump to learn more about Nissan's super-clean diesel technology.Post New Long-term Regulations (Japan's 2009 motor vehicle exhaust emission standards) stipulate that NOx is to be reduced by 47% and PM (particulate matter) by 64% from the levels required by the "New Long-term Regulations" (exhaust emission standards) which have been in effect in Japan since 2005 (applicable to vehicles weighing more than 1,265kg).