Mrunal Manmay Dash

Japanese auto major, Nissan Motors is very likely to re-launch its SUV X-Trail and introduce two other models in India soon. Nissan has recently announced that it is studying the feasibility of two of its most popular global models for the dynamic Indian market.

Confirming that testing has begun on the X-Trail and Qashqai, while at the same time showcasing the Juke, Nissan aims to assess their suitability for the rapidly evolving Indian consumer base before launching the SUV.

A press release by the Japanese automaker stated, "Focusing specifically on their adaptability to Indian roads and differing terrains, the tests will assess each vehicle's ability to meet customers' needs. Starting this month, the vehicles are being put through their paces by Nissan's top engineers on the roads that surround the company's manufacturing plant in Chennai."

Frank Torres, President of Nissan India said, "The Indian market has boundless potential, and it is critical that we introduce the best vehicle line-up to align with what modern Indian consumers want and need."

"Following the success of the Nissan Magnite in India, we plan to strengthen our focus and leverage our expertise on high-quality SUVs that have become synonymous with our reputation," Torres added.

Over the coming weeks, Nissan will be identifying the feasibility of models from its global portfolio for the future potential vehicle line-up in India. Once testing is complete, the X-Trail will be introduced for sale first, followed by other models.

These vehicle assessments are part of a holistic study that Nissan is undertaking to prepare for its future in India. The wide-ranging review also includes securing future localised production for the long-term viability of domestic and export manufacturing, as well as exploring the potential for electrification in the longer term.

As per reports, The X-Trail will make its comeback in its fourth-generation avatar sometime around mid-2023 and will be brought in as a completely built-up unit (CBU). It gets the option of a mild-hybrid and a strong-hybrid powertrain that can send power to either the front or all four wheels, depending on the powertrain.

Following its launch in 2005 in the country, the SUV immediately caught the Indian youth's imagination. But despite being a youth-puller, the fuel-guzzling SUV was discontinued after nine years owing to dwindling sales.

However, the automaker continued to make healthy sales in other markets including the gulf and middle-east. This time around, Nissan has upgraded the looks and appearance of the X-Trail.

When launched, the X-Trail is expected to take on rivals such as Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass and Citroen C5.