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).
Nissan Releases Revised X-TRAIL SUV -
Adds Automatic Transmission Model to Clean Diesel "20GT"
YOKOHAMA (July 8, 2010) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of the new revised X-TRAIL and the addition of a 6-speed automatic transmission model to the Clean Diesel "X-TRAIL 20GT." Both go on sale July 16th at Nissan dealers nationwide.
Following its full model change in August 2007, X-TRAIL has held the top position in the annual SUV sales ranking for three consecutive years (from FY2007 through FY2009*1). X-TRAIL's popularity is attributed to customers' high evaluations of its interior with high functionality (such as water repellant seats), spacious luggage area where items can be loaded efficiently, a high level of driving stability, and superior off-road capability delivered by the advanced "ALL MODE 4X4-i" 4WD system. Consumers also enjoy the excellent environmental performance of the Clean Diesel "GT20," which meets Japan's stringent "Post New Long-term Regulations."*2 X-TRAIL is the first vehicle in the world to do so.
The latest refinements to X-TRAIL focus on the exterior, interior and the addition of a new "20GT" Clean Diesel 6-speed automatic transmission model. On the exterior, the front grille, front bumper and headlights have been redesigned to give an even bolder and sportier front-end look. Also, the combination taillights have been changed to LED, improving visibility from following vehicles in bad weather.
In the interior, large-size meters have been adopted for better driver visibility and a vehicle information display system is newly provided to display moment fuel consumption, upcoming maintenance schedules and various other information. In addition, a glove compartment with heat-retention and refrigerator functions is standard on all models.
The versatile utility that only the X-TRAIL can deliver has been further enhanced with the addition of an "Advanced Hill Descent Control" (fitted with a speed-setting function), which can set the desired driving speed suited to road surface conditions, the degree of hill grade or other situations. It has been adopted on 4WD models (except for manual transmission models).
With the addition of the new "20GT" 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual shift mode) model, Nissan now offers an advanced Clean Diesel engine model capable of delivering both superior driving and environmental performance. The X-TRAIL "20GT" is powered by the 2-liter "M9R" Clean Diesel engine that generates, from low RPM range, a level of torque comparable to that of a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine.
In fiscal year 2010, Nissan introduces its two-pillar strategy to reduce CO2 emissions: "zero emissions" and PURE DRIVE. PURE DRIVE vehicles are designed to achieve top-level-in-class fuel economy for mass-produced models by equipping them with optimal next-generation eco technologies, such as Idling stop, Clean Diesel and Hybrid. "20GT" is the second in the series of PURE DRIVE vehicles to be introduced in Japan.
For X-TRAIL gasoline engine-equipped models, Nissan now offers grades that meet the tax break measures*3 provided in Japan's "tax system to promote the diffusion of environmentally friendly vehicles," thereby qualifying for 75% reductions in the automobile acquisition tax and the automobile weight tax. Meanwhile, the Clean Diesel "20GT" model is fully exempt from the automobile acquisition tax and the automobile weight tax under the said tax system. Also, as a next-generation automobile, the Clean Diesel "20GT" model is eligible for the government "subsidies (a maximum of 210k yen) intended to promote the introduction of clean diesel cars. "*4 These subsidies continue to be available for eligible cars, even after the end of September 2010 when the eco-car purchase subsidies are due to be terminated.
Major Changes to the Equipment and Specifications of the X-TRAIL (Common to All Models)
* Redesigned front grille, front bumper and headlights
* New LED combination taillights
* Redesigned 17-inch aluminum wheels, tire size changed to P225/60R17
* Choice of seven exterior colors, including Himalayan Khaki (Metallic) and Steel Blue (Metallic), among other exterior refinements
* "Vehicle Information Display" provided at the center of the meter panel - this display system is fitted with a drive computer function to indicate fuel consumption, cruising range, etc., a maintenance function to show the time to change engine oil and tires, and a warning information function to display various warnings
* Larger size meters
* Interior pillar color changed from gray to the same color as the instrument panel
* Cross seat material changed from space fabric to suede-like tricot
Mechanism and Equipment
* Newly adopted Advanced Hill Descent Control system (with a speed-setting function) for 4WD models - this system enables the driver to set his or her desired driving speed arbitrarily within the range from 4km/h to 15km/h, depending on the degree of hill grade
* Glove compartment with heat-retention and refrigerator functions adopted
* Three-point seatbelt and a headrest installed at the center of the rear seat as standard equipment
* Intelligent Key system + engine immobilizer provided as standard equipment (except for 20S)
* 6-speed automatic transmission model added to the 20GT - features a highly distributed lean NOx trap catalyst dedicated to the diesel engine and a high-precision engine management system dedicated to the AT model
* 18-inch aluminum wheels adopted on 20GT models
X-TRAIL: 2,239,650 yen to 3,139,500 yen, including consumption tax
<Related URL> www.nissan.co.jp/X-TRAIL/ (Japanese only)
1. *1: Registrations of the "X-TRAIL" in the Japan market: April 2007～March 2008: 34,651units, April 2008～March 2009: 27,001units, April 2009～March 2010: 38,179units (Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA) survey). According to JADA classification, SUVs are domestically produced off-road 4WD vehicles (including some 2WD vehicles).
2. *2: 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). The Post New Long-term Regulations went into effect for new models in October 2009 and will apply to existing models and imported cars, starting from September 2010.
3. *3: All "20X" 4WD models, and the "20S" model, which gets to weigh more than 1,520kg with the installation of optional equipment, have achieved 75% lower emissions (SU-LEV) than the level required by the 2005 exhaust emission standards, and they have also achieved a 25% improvement in fuel economy over the 2010 fuel economy standards. Thus, they qualify for:
75% reduction of the automobile acquisition tax on vehicles newly registered by March 31, 2012 and
75% reduction of the automobile weight tax on vehicles newly registered by April 30, 2012.
Meanwhile, the automobile tax on vehicles newly registered by March 31, 2012 is reduced by 50% for one year starting from the next fiscal year following the registrations (excluding mini-vehicles).
The "20GT"(Clean Diesel) models are regarded as next generation automobiles, thus they are fully exempt from the automobile acquisition tax and the automobile weight tax during the above-mentioned periods.