Nissan has started production of the new X-Trail crossover SUV at its St Petersburg plant in Russia.

To meet the production requirements of the new model, the St. Petersburg plant has also undergone a series of upgrades. For example, laser-sensor capability has been installed across all welding equipment to enhance precision, alongside the introduction of software systems to improve vehicle noise isolation. The X-Trail test assembly process began in April, meaning the upgraded crossover SUV has been comprehensively prepared for its launch in the Russian market.

Igor Boytsov, vice president, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Russia, said: “We are very pleased to announce the official start of production of the new Nissan X-Trail at our St. Petersburg plant. The move has seen the installation of sophisticated new equipment and additional training for our staff, guaranteeing the efficient manufacturing of this innovative model while bringing our ‘northern capital’ plant into the future.”

The X-Trail crossover became the second Nissan model ever to be produced at the plant, with the first customer cars rolling off the line in 2009. Since then, almost 200,000 units have been built. Full range details and prices for the new Nissan X-Trail in Russia will be announced later this year.

Nissan says the X-Trail is Nissan’s best-selling model worldwide and the key upgrades are a more contemporary exterior design, upgraded suspension, greater cabin refinement and additional innovative new Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies.

The focus of these new technologies is to improve driver confidence and safety on the road; Rear Cross Traffic Alert is a system which detects moving vehicles as the driver is reversing, while Intelligent Emergency Braking helps avoid collisions by detecting potential obstacles ahead. Both are now available on the new Nissan X-Trail.

Specifically adapted to meet local market demands, the new X-Trail features an upgraded suspension to enhance ride comfort and handling. It also includes Yandex.Avto systems supporting weather forecasting, music streaming and voice assistant services. Yandex.Navigator is a popular GPS system in Russia, which will allow X-Trail drivers to optimise their route by avoiding traffic jams. A new multi-function steering wheel enhances cabin refinement.