Compact, efficient and ready for adventure; it’s no surprise that the Nissan X-Trail has been a fan favorite since it launched in 2000. Although never offered in the US, the X-Trail paved the way for the Nissan Rogue, which would soon rev its way into American garages.

While these two popular crossovers began as distinct models, after the X-Trail’s third-generation redesign in 2013, they now share more similarities than differences. The Nissan X-Trail is currently available in Mexico, Australia, the UK, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Ireland, while the Nissan Rogue is available in the US and Canada.

Early History of the Nissan X-Trail

Like all legendary models, the X-Trail had a predecessor: the Nissan Rasheen. The Rasheen was a small and quirky SUV, boasting 4WD capabilities that utilized Nissan’s ATTESA (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain) powertrain system. The Rasheen was available exclusively in Japan between 1994 – 2000, before it was eventually retired as part of the Nissan Revival Plan.

1994 Nissan Rasheen
2000 Nissan X-Trail

The First-Generation X-Trail

With the Rasheen’s retirement came the introduction of the X-Trail. The very first X-Trail was unveiled at the Paris Motor show in September 2000, and subsequently sold in Japan in November 2000. The first-generation model was built on the Nissan FF-S platform, and although available versions and specs differed slightly across regions, each model was equipped with All-Mode 4x4, allowing drivers the option to select 2WD, 4WD, or 4WD lock mode through a convenient switch on their dashboard.

The X-Trail Goes Rogue

With steady popularity for the X-Trail in international markets and growing demand for crossovers in North America, in 2007 the Nissan Rogue was introduced in the US and replaced the X-Trail in Canada.

After the initial North American release of the Rogue, the second generation X-Trail models retained the slightly boxy design of their predecessor the Rasheen. It wasn’t until 2013 that the third-generation was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the X-Trail began to take styling cues from the Murano and the North American Rogue.

2013 Nissan Rogue

Nissan X-Trail Photos

2019 Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail front profile

Nissan X-Trail rear profile

Nissan X-Trail in orange, shown highway driving

Nissan X-Trail with power lift-gate

Nissan X-Trail interior

Nissan X-Trail rear cargo space

X-Trail Key Features

Hybrid Availability

The X-Trail Hybrid was first introduced in 2014 and is still available in select international markets. The 2018 X-Trail Hybrid features a combustion engine, electric motor, and lithium-ion battery to maximize efficiency. You can find Nissan’s hybrid technology available in the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, which is available in SV or SL trims.

Cargo Space & Seating

No matter what cargo you’ve got to transport, be it sports equipment, shopping bags, or family members, the X-Trail has room for you to do it, with up to 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space [[1271]], and seating for up to 7 thanks to available 3rd row seating. Take even more cargo with the Nissan Rogue, which boasts up to 70.0 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded [[1271]] and seating for 5. If your primary cargo comes in the form of passengers, explore the Pathfinder, equipped with 3rd row seating for 7.

Off-Road Performance

With available AWD and independent-strut front and multi-link rear suspension, the X-Trail can handle almost anything in its path, be it the rough terrain of the backcountry, or slick and slippery winter highways. Thanks to Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the X-Trail is able to adapt to changing driving conditions, AWD automatically sends power to the wheels that need it most.

Nissan Intelligent AWD [[2343]] is also available on the Nissan Rogue.

Towing Capacity

Known for its versatility and sense of adventure, the 2018 X-Trail doesn’t stop at off-road performance. Thanks to its available 2.0L turbo diesel engine, it also boasts up to 3,637 lbs. of maximum towing capacity with the 2019 X-Trail TS 4WD Turbo Diesel when properly equipped [[2344]], so you can bring the equipment you need with you for your next adventure.

Generous towing capabilities are also available on the 2018 Nissan Rogue, with 1,102 lbs. maximum towing capacity [[2345]]. The Rogue’s 4-wheel disc brakes and Intelligent Engine Braking allows for safer and more controlled towing.

Pet Friendly Accessories

X-Trail 4DOGS [[2346]]

In 2017 Nissan unveiled a pet-friendly concept crossover. The X-Trail 4DOGS is loaded with pet-friendly accessories that allow you to transport man’s best friend in comfort and style. Key features of the X-Trail 4DOGS include a 360° pull-out shower, dog dryer, and slide-away ramp keeping your vehicle free of mud and dirt.

Rogue Dogue [[2347]]

Following the European reveal of the X-Trail 4DOGS, Nissan revealed the Rogue Dogue concept in the fall of 2017. It features many of the same canine-catered features as the 4DOGS concept, including the integrated shower system, non-slip surfaces, and spill-proof food and water bowls. The Rogue Dogue is also equipped with a second-row dog hammock to accommodate larger dogs.

Versatile and Family Friendly

Nissan Rogue

Equipped with the latest available Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, including ProPILOT Assist [[1176]], and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection [[1114]], the Nissan Rogue provides confidence behind the wheel.

Take the Road Less Traveled

Nissan Pathfinder

With available Intelligent 4X4, maximum standard towing capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. [[2348]], and seating for 7, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder readily equipped for your next adventure.