More ePower for you when Nissan electrifies the new XTrail SUV

Nissan has just released details of its new big SUV, the Xtrail. It is due here in December/January.

They claim this is the only seven-seat electrified SUV in its class. There is also a five-seater.

Big styling highlights include the “floating” roof and V-Motion grille, while the muscular wheel arches strongly announce it as an SUV.

Its e-power system consists of a combination of high-performance battery, 1.5 liter petrol engine, generator, inverter and 150 kW front electric motor. The total power is 204 hp. The engine is only used to generate electricity. Power to the wheels comes only from the electric motor, so you always get EV-like performance. A major benefit comes in urban and suburban areas with better fuel efficiency as the engine runs in its optimum range.

They assume you’ll be riding it in suburban areas 70 percent of the time, so they’ve created a new “one-pedal” driving experience called e-Pedal Step. This allows you to accelerate and brake using only the accelerator pedal. You say you will adapt quickly.

There is also a turbocharged 2WD 1.5 liter (163 hp) CVT version.

And there’s a new four-wheel drive system called e-4ORCE with better traction and acceleration.

The dual electric motor system has a total output of 213 hp thanks to the 94 kW rear motor.

It does 0-100 km/h in seven seconds and its torque response is 10,000 times faster than a mechanical 4WD system. There’s also new suspension and improved steering.

Research from Nissan shows that customers want core functions such as air conditioning, audio, navigation, etc. to be tactile and easy to reach. And that’s what they get with it. Inside, the top level of the center console houses the e-shifter, driving mode selector and 15W wireless charging pad. Underneath there is storage space for larger items such as a handbag or tablet.

They’ve made access to the third row more accessible and optimized the space, allowing third-row passengers to put their feet under the second row. If the third row is not used, there is 585 liters of space.
The advanced infotainment system includes in-car WiFi for up to seven devices, etc.

The larger 12.3-inch screen is a “digital gateway” to navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings. There’s also a 12.3-inch TFT screen.

There’s a huge 10.8-inch head-up display. The car also features the next generation of ProPILOT driver assistance.


Taking a break can prevent you from falling asleep

I’m sure you know the roadside signs that appear every now and then with the warning “Fatigue Kills”.

They are intended to alert you to the fact that after a few hours behind the wheel you may get a little drowsy.

My car had a polite request to let me know to stop for a while after maybe two and a half hours of driving. I didn’t feel the least bit sleepy.

But after stopping and having a snack, I noticed my driving was a little better. That’s a scary kind of admission, but it confirms the memory: Take a break when you’re driving a long journey.

Driven insane by tyrannical drivers

I’m sick of the number of times in the past week a driver behind me has turned on his lights for me to hurry up or get out of the way.

I drove fairly steadily at a reasonable pace on narrow enough roads with lots of twists and turns.

But that wasn’t enough for the Bully Boys (it was always men who lit the light). Just because the speed limit says 100km/h doesn’t mean you’re allowed to drive at that speed.


Honda Jazz tops reliability survey

At a time of rising parts and repair costs, a reliable car can save you a lot of hard-earned money.

And if you own a Honda Jazz, you seem in luck.

It was just named the most reliable used car in the annual Warrantywise Reliability Index.

The second most reliable was the Mazda 2, the Toyota Auris was third while the Mazda MX-5, Toyota Aygo, Kia Ceed, Kia Rio, Suzuki Alto, Hyundai i20 and Peugeot 107 made up the rest of the top 10. More ePower for you when Nissan electrifies the new XTrail SUV

Fry Electronics Team

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