By Shereen Shabnam
A while ago we went on a road trip to the East Coast in the all-new Nissan X-Terra 2021, stopping at different attractions along the way. The drive was comfortable for me as a veteran driver but equally fun for my 20-year-old who for the first time was allowed to drive a test car as part of the family outing experience.
The X-Terra 2021 solidifies the brand’s presence in the Middle East and represents a new addition to the lineup in the region. It bolsters the brand’s extensive SUV portfolio, while addressing customer demands in the rapidly growing D-SUV segment.
Driving across mountains, tunnels and normal highways, the tough yet sophisticated Nissan X-Terra clearly represents decades of Nissan’s SUV expertise. It certainly was a reliable drive for both normal commuting and exciting outdoor adventures although during this journey we took it easy and stuck to having an easy-going outstation trip that merged visiting the Rafisa Dam for a kayaking session, Shees Park for hiking and a host of culinary adventures both on the road and in a five-star hotel setting.
Powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the all-new Nissan X-Terra delivers a robust four-wheel-drive experience with features including four-wheel lock, brake limited slip differential and electronic locking rear differential.
Underlining this bold new design, breakthrough engineering and a suite of advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, the all-new X-Terra offers impressive strength, driving capabilities and adventure-ready confidence for drivers to go ‘beyond boundaries’ and explore new places.
Safety was key during a road trip and I was comfortable having my daughter who has been driving only for two years take on a new car on a new route. Available on the vehicle’s Platinum gradeareLane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Emergency Braking.
Looking at the design, Nissan’s ‘unbreakable’ frame vehicle design philosophy in the all-new X-Terra offers the right combination of solidity with sleek and modern execution. The front resembles the iconic Nissan Patrol with the powerful new V-motion grille, whose thick frame contrasts with the refined horizontal chrome bars within.
The overall image of the Xterra is rugged and imposing, with added expressions of sophistication and technology. The C-shaped LED signature headlamps, similar to those on the Patrol, have evolved and have been interpreted in a new way on the all-new X-Terra to convey a high-tech impression.
Inside the cabin, the instrument panel has a full-width horizontal design, stretching from door to door to emphasize the spaciousness of the cabin. The shapes are bold and strong, yet finished in comfortable soft-touch materials. The 9-inch intuitive touch-screen display screen dominates the center, adding enhanced sophistication.
The road trip highlighted that the new X-Terra delivers best-in-class ride comfort thanks to Zero Gravity seats in the front and second row. Meanwhile, significant noise reduction efforts around the engine compartment and the use of acoustic glass on both the windshield and side windows help create a relaxed and quiet cabin setting for all occupants.
The all-new Nissan X-Terra is available in seven exterior colors, including bright brown and burgundy. The upscale exterior is matched with premium black and light grey interior colors that add to the richness of the vehicle.
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