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New Vehicle Added

August 30, 2004

To my “Vehicles” album at right – the Nissan X-Trail.

The X-Trail’s been sold in Europe, Asia, and I believe Australia for a few years now, and has been wildly popular. A 2005 model is being sold in Canada, and if the industry sources are right, it’ll be coming here for 2006.

Basically, it’s a miniaturized Xterra. Not quite as brawny, but certainly more nimble. And the interior looks absurdly quirky (centralized gauge cluster, a glovebox-style storage space behind the steering wheel, heated/cooled cupholders, huge sunroof that extends all the way over the backseat, etc).

If this thing’s out when the whole new car thing comes up, it’ll be a definite contender. Especially since it’ll likely get the Altima’s excellent 2.5 liter V-6 (which in turn means a hybrid may be offered – Nissan’s got a hybrid Altima coming out next year).

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