Yet, for all the prominence of this colour in the car’s global image, red is not among the official colour choices offered for the X-Trail in the Malaysian market.
The reason for this is complex, and it is one that affects most locally-assembled cars in Malaysia. The amount of variety which car makers can offer for locally-assembled vehicles in our market is limited by the number of tanks which they can accommodate at the plant to store the various paint colours.
If you study the catalogues of various brands, you will notice that the locally-assembled variants share common colours across the range.
Taking Nissan, for example, you will find Brilliant White, Tungsten Silver, and Diamond Black common in all locally-assembled models, with Garnet Red, Bronze Gold, and Graphite Blue each shared by more than one model. The only unique colours among Nissan’s CKD models you will find in the range will be Storm Blue for the Teana and Titanium Olive for the X-Trail.
In conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year festive period, however, ETCM has worked out the means to accommodate an extra Flaming Red option in the X-Trail’s colour palette.
Available in limited units, the Flaming Red-coloured X-Trail will be offered in both 2.0-litre FWD and 2.5-litre AWD configurations as before. Prices are identical to units with existing colours, being set at RM141,067.01 and RM163,895.94 respectively.
The Nissan X-Trail had a good outing at the recent 2015 ASEAN Car of the Year Award, winning the titles of Malaysian Family SUV of the Year and finishing second runner-up among three finalists for the overall ASEAN Car of the Year Award.
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