The new Nissan X-Trail can drive itself
This, ladies and gents, is the new Nissan X-Trail. Sure, its not a new GT-R variant. Its a lot more sensible than that.But Nissans stats say it was the worlds best selling SUV in 2016, with over 750,000 sold. Nearly four million have sold in its lifetime. So its rather popular, at least.Popularity means its facelift has been kept fairly mild. Theres a new grille (called the V-motion grille), LED lights available on the front and back and some snazzy new 17in and 18in alloys. So far, so predictable.Bigger news lies beneath the skin, for this is an X-Trail that will be able to drive itself. Optional from 2018 will be ProPILOT, Nissans first stage of autonomous driving tech.“ProPILOT will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising,” were told. Handy for when the kids filling the five seats behind you are wreaking havoc and need a stern word, perhaps.There are all sorts of other safety and parking helpers available, while the boot has been reshaped and now comes with nine different layouts and as much as 1,996 litres of luggage space. Buy 2,000 litres of orange squash and now youll only need to leave four litres behind…Nissan is offering a big Bose stereo – the most serious system its ever offered in Europe, were told – while DAB radio is standard on all cars and you can now have heated seats front and rear. Yeah, we said the facelift was a bit mild.For all its claims of being a best-seller, though, we reckon the X-Trail is a bit underrated. The original launched nearly 20 years ago, long before Seat, Skoda or Audi were offering SUVs, yet theyre all arguably a bit cooler nowadays.The X-Trail is supposed to be launched in India later this year, and since it's going to be a full import, we'll have to wait and see if Nissan offers the self-driving tech here, too.