Nissan has unveiled the latest version of its popular X-Trail – and it includes what Nissan calls its first step towards autonomous driving.

More than 3.7 million X-Trails have been sold since the SUV was launched in 2000 including almost half a million in Europe.

It is not only Nissan’s best-selling vehicle worldwide but also the world’s most popular SUV based on global sales.

Now for the first time it comes with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, which isn’t full automation but combines three existing technologies – Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Pilot.

ProPILOT will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways either in heavy traffic or when cruising at speed.

It is one of Nissan’s ‘intelligent mobility’ technologies, which include Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help you safely back out of a parking space and Stand Still Alert to hold the car in a stationary position for three minutes before automatically activating the parking brake.

The Intelligent Emergency Braking feature has also been upgraded to include Pedestrian Recognition, which uses forward-facing radar and a camera to (hopefully) stop you running people over.

Other features include a hands-free electric tailgate, which lets you open the boot simply by kicking your foot underneath it.

For the Nissan X-Trail to be the number one for global sales is a huge honour

Philippe Saillard, Nissan Europe
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The boot itself is larger than previous editions of the X-Trail, giving you 565 litres (up from 550 litres) on the five-seat version with all seats in place.

The car’s redesign is subtle – it is still recognisably an X-Trail – but its front fog lamps are now integrated into the bumper and the improved parking sensors now sit flush with the bumper.

There is new chrome moulding at the base of the doors and new chrome detailing at the back of the car plus a fully LED rear lamp signature.

Nissan has made the car available in six of the eight existing colours and four new ones – Monarch Orange, Palatial Ruby, Sapphire Blue and Picador Brown.

Philippe Saillard, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan Europe, said: “Demand for crossovers is growing all the time, and for the Nissan X-Trail to be the number one for global sales is a huge honour.

“With these enhancements, the new X-Trail is delivering more of what our customers want. The Nissan X-Trail is the perfect car for family adventures.”

Prices start at £23,385 on the road.