The Nissan X-Trail Epic Adventure – Once Around Lesotho

  • Two Nissan X-Trails to circle Lesotho on epic driving adventure
  • 2.0 dCi XE 4×2 MT offers excellent fuel economy
  • Follow the adventure on twitter

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan’s famed X-Trail compact SUV is again set to prove its mettle as two 2.0 dCi XE 4×2 manual models embark on an epic driving adventure around the Lesotho border. Two teams will embark on the journey in order to experience the X-Trail’s fuel efficiency, as well as to enjoy the comfort, practicality and fun that comes with the SUV.

Novice versus expert

In an effort to prove not only how economical the X-Trail 2.0 dCi can be but also to show that “ordinary” drivers can enjoy its low fuel consumption, a “novice” team will be given driving tips which aim to reduce fuel consumption while driving normally – as one would in the everyday environment. Ideal conditions will then be explored by the “expert” team – fronted by economy run champion Willie Nel – who will do everything in their power to use as little fuel as possible.

Nissan X-Trail is the perfect tool for the job

The 2.0 dCi XE 4×2 six-speed manual diesel of Nissan’s six-model-strong X-Trail range, offers a great balance between power, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency – on average it consumes as little as 6.5-litres per 100 km on the combined cycle, with carbon emissions of just 171 g/km.

Being the top-selling compact SUV of all time and having held the annual number one position for seven years in its segment, the X-Trail also brings a host of comfort and practicality features to the table. The zesty SUV looks are matched by 203 mm ground clearance and rugged 17-inch wheels and tyres, making the odd section of unpaved road a cinch, even without four-wheel drive. Creature comforts include all-electric windows, air conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel, with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity (including audio streaming) and full media support (MP3CD, aux and USB) also included as standard.

On the versatility side, the generous class-leading boot features a segmented underfloor with drawers for oddment storage and the rear seats are able to fold completely flat. Safety levels are also impressive, with a series of safety and security systems including six airbags, Isofix and ABS (anti-lock braking system) fitted as standard.

Follow the adventure on twitter

The over-1000 km route sees the teams depart Harrismith in the Free State on 16 August and head anti-clockwise around Lesotho, with pit stops in Rhodes and Matatiele and a drive over the highest mountain pass in South Africa – Naude’s Nek in the Eastern Cape – before returning to Harrismith on 17 August.

For live updates from both driving teams during the journey, follow the X-Trail Epic Adventure on twitter by searching the #xtrailepic hashtag.  For more information log on to