Nissan makes a whole mess of different crossovers, and not just the ones we get here in North America. Overseas, the Japanese automaker has even more, like the Qashqai, the Koleos (sold by sister-company Renault) and the vehicle you see here, the X-Trail.

Not to be confused with the Xterra, the X-Trail is a small but rugged-looking little ute built atop the same platform that underpins the Rogue and the Sentra. Though its not exactly what you'd call cheap, it is more affordable than most other crossovers on the market overseas, but Nissan is now bridging that gap by offering a new premium version called the Platinum edition.

The special model is visually distinguished by the extra protection plates on the bumpers front and rear, and the chrome side steps and door moldings. Inside the Platinum gets leather trim and motorized, heated front seats, touch-screen infotainment system and a back-up camera displayed in the rearview mirror.

A 2.0-liter diesel pulls all those luxury touches along with 170 horsepower, in a package limited to 200 examples selling for about £30,000 (depending on whether you take the automatic or manual transmission option). That's nearly $47k at current exchange rates, and includes the UK's relatively high Value-Added Tax.
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- New special edition luxury version of X-TRAIL 4x4
- Enhanced, range-topping specification
- Available to order now starting at £29,180
- Platinum is a special kind of metal, offering both beauty and toughness. It's the inspiration behind a new special version of Nissan's X-TRAIL4x4.

As the name suggests, the new Platinum edition X-TRAIL is a real luxury item, with additional equipment not seen on any of the other models in the range and a touch more glamour too.

The front and rear of the vehicle gets extra protection and style with the fitment of additional protection plates located below the bumpers. The side is treated to chrome side steps and chrome door protection mouldings.

On the inside the Platinum features leather upholstery and electrically-adjustable, heated front seats. A sophisticated new touch screen communication unit features satellite navigation, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. To help protect your investment there's also a reversing camera, with the image transmitted onto a small screen incorporated into the rear view mirror.

Powering the Platinum is the X-TRAIL's advanced 2.0dCi diesel engine with a choice of either manual or automatic transmissions. The manual produces a healthy 173PS and yet can return an average of 44.1mpg.

But unlike its precious inspiration, the X-TRAIL Platinum is not expensive. In fact it costs less than the Tekna version on which it's based, starting at £29,180 for the manual and £30,560 for the automatic.

Orders are now being taken now, but Platinum is a real rarity, with just 200 being produced.

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      Manual transmission? You mean people in Britain still know how to drive?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also keep in mind that Autoblog has a long history of one of the worst understandings of currency conversion. They just slap the price in the latest exchange rate converter, forgetting that this isn't at all the way a vehicle price works, or how international economics works. The Nissan X-Trail sold in Canada up until 2007, and the price was $26248 - $34,000 Canadian. Doubtful it's doubled in just 4 years. It's just like when talk about bringing the Ford Fiesta started. It was posted all over the place that a well-equipped could cost something like £17000, so instead of realizing that this probably means a loaded Fiesta will run 17-18 (which it does), they through numbers in the exchange rate calc and post that it'll be in the mid-$20s, freaking everyone out, for no good reason. The Brits don't pay for their cars in dollars, and are unaffected by its weakness in the exchange when they do buy their car. It's seriously faulty math, but by now, they ought to know that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. When I was in Europe, I did not pay less for a Big Mac, still paid 6.50 euros. So who are these people who bother with exchange rates nonsense?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the X-trail has been sold in Canada for some time, and perhaps Mexico as well.
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      This vehicle is not ugly at all for what it is. It seems that people make comments just for the sake of it. Ugly? Ugly compared to what? Does X-Trail as a name mean anything to you? This is not a car after all and by its very name, is supposed to look rugged. The design finally matches the name in my opinion. I like it! Jeez!!
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that thing is magnificently ugly. It must have taken some serious courage from whichever exec green-lighted this monstrosity.
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      This thing is a mess.
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      poor gullible brits, almost as naive as the americans when it comes to being duped by the asians with their junk...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The X-Trail is an ok car. We've had it in the UK for many years. The diesel isn't as powerful or as economical as the 2.2 in the CR-V iDTEC though, so the Honda is a stronger seller.
      • 3 Years Ago
      mmmmmmmmmh look at that manual transmission
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep in mind that everything else and every other car is also expensive as hell in Europe. This car isn't a 'luxury' car, it's just an ordinary car.
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