2023 Nissan X-Trail E-Power: Hybrid confirmed for Australia


A new X-Trail is on the way from Nissan, offering an electric driving experience, despite being powered by petrol.

Ben Zachariah


The 2023 Nissan X-Trail E-Power has been announced for Australia, giving buyers the option of a new kind of hybrid power.

Nissan is expected to borrow the hybrid X-Trail’s powertrain from the Qashqai E-Power, which uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine as a generator for a small battery, which in turn feeds a 140kW/330Nm electric motor on the front axle.

The unconventional set-up means the SUV will drive like an electric vehicle, but uses petrol and regenerative braking to create electricity, rather than relying on a plug to recharge the battery.

It should deliver lower emissions and reasonably consistent fuel economy, with the smaller and lighter Qashqai claiming just over five litres of petrol used for every 100 kilometres driven.

The Japanese carmaker has yet to confirm prices and specifications for the X-Trail E-Power, but it’s possible the hybrid powertrain will only be available in higher grades like the ST-L, Ti, and Ti-L.

Prices could also increase by as much as $6000 above the 2.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine offered as standard on the X-Trail.

While Nissan wouldn’t be drawn on a date, it’s likely the X-Trail E-Power will follow the Qashqai E-Power (due in in the first half of next year) with a local arrival in the second half of 2023.

However, it’s understood exact timing hasn’t been locked in, with the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage – coupled with supply-chain issues related to the coronavirus pandemic – playing havoc with launch dates and vehicle deliveries across all car brands.

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

Read more about Ben Zachariah LinkIcon