The Nissan X-Trail Epic Adventure – Once Around Lesotho

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: August 15, 2012
Categories: Nissan, Nissan X-Trail

  • Two Nissan X-Trails to circle Lesotho on epic driving adventure
  • 2.0 dCi XE 4x2 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 4x2 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 4x2 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