The Nissan X-Trail is a compact SUV sold in Japan, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore,South Africa, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia by Nissan. The company currently offers a hydrogen fuel cell model on lease to businesses, the X-Trail FCV. In North America, it is positioned below the truck based Xterra. Introduced in 2001 to compete with compact SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, it did not arrive in the Canadian market until 2004. It will be sold in the United States in 2008 when the X-Trail is redesigned.
The Australian model is powered by the QR25DE 4-Cylinder engine. 2.5L in size, it produces 132 kW (177 hp), making it one of the most powerful 4-cylinder engines in the compact SUV segment. Also available is the QR20DE 4-Cylinder engine, producing 103 kW (140 hp), 110 kW (150 hp) with an automatic-transmission. Available only in the Japanese market is the SR20VET that produces 206 kW (280 hp). The Australian X-Trail has had two model revisions, the Series 1 and Series 2. There were several cosmetic and engineering changes made between the two series.
In Australia, the 2001-04 Nissan X-Trail was assessed in the Used Car Safety Ratings 2006 as providing "average" protection for its occupants in the event of a crash.