Earlier this year, Nissan had declared this as its “year of the truck,” and promised updates or generational changes for a range of utility vehicles including the Titan, the Pathfinder, the X-Trail, as well as introduction of the Patrol in the North American market rebadged as Armada.

In line with this promise, a major update to the X-Trail was unveiled last weekend ahead of its world at the Miami International Auto Show. Marketed as Rogue in the US market, the X-Trail is projected to overtake the Altima saloon as Nissan's top-selling vehicle in North America.  The list of updates and enhancements includes revised exterior and interior styling, new safety and convenience features and for the time, a hybrid variant of the crossover.

“For 2017, we're turning up the heat on the competition with enhancements designed to keep Rogue [X-Trail] at the top of compact SUV buyers' wish lists,” says José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America.

Changes to the exterior include a new design for the front fascia with signature Nissan styling cues, while the cabin gets new materials and finishes, which Nissan claims will lend a more “premium look and feel” throughout the interior. The 2017 X-Trail will offer optional three-row/seven-passenger seating, along with convenience features such as a motion-activated liftgate. It also adds new safety features such as intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

The X-Trail Hybrid will be powered by a 2.0-litre engine coupled with a 30kW motor and a compact Lithium-ion battery, which Nissan claims will return fuel efficiency figures of 6.9 litres per 100km on an average.

Meanwhile, non-hybrid models of the X-Trail will be powered by 170bhp, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. Both petrol and hybrid models will be available with either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive options.