The 2017 Nissan X-Trail facelift was recently spotted in a joint TV commercial from Nissan and ESPN for the US market. The X-Trail, which is known as the Nissan Rogue in the US, is up for its mid-cycle update and rather than previewing the car in an auto show or any special event, Nissan decided to reveal it via a TV commercial.
Incidentally, the Japanese carmaker is also gearing up to launch the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid in India this year, in December. While the company will launch the outgoing 2016 model in India with the new hybrid powertrain, the upcoming 2017 facelift will go on sale in the US first. Now mind you this is just a minor facelift and the changes are more or less only cosmetic. So it is possible that by the end of 2017 the facelifted model will come to India as well.
The refreshed 2017 Nissan X-Trail a.k.a. Rogue shares some its new styling cues with the Nissan Murano crossover, which is also sold in the US. The most prominent similarity between the two cars is the new V-motion grille, which is now a bit bigger and comes with a fatter chrome slat. The headlamps have also been restyled and the boomerang-shaped daytime running lights now look more profound. Nissan has also updated the bumper design that now looks a bit more stylish. The new front bumper now houses a smaller central air dam, new horizontal LED fog lamps and chrome accent on the chin.
The side profile remains largely unchanged except for the new sporty alloy wheels, roof rails and new ORVM covers. Although the rear profile of the car isn't visible in these images, we believe it will also come with some minor cosmetic updates similar to the front section.
The engine option will remain unchanged and the US-spec version will continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder diesel motor. That said, it is believed that the US market will also get Nissan's hybrid powertrain with the 2017 facelift. India, as mentioned earlier, will only get the new Nissan X-Trail Hybrid this year, which comes with a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired to 32Kw electric motor. Transmission duties will be handled by Nissan's X-Tronic CVT unit and the car will come with the option of an All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system as well.