2021 Nissan X-Trail production at Sunderland canceled due to Brexit, diesel

Production of the fourth generation (T34) Nissan X-Trail will no longer take place at the company’s factory in Sunderland, UK.

Nissan has confirmed that it won’t be producing the new X-Trail in Sunderland, with vehicles to be sold in the UK and Europe to be imported from Japan.

The company said “the continued uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future.”

Slowing sales of diesel vehicles, and problems with upgrading its planned Renault sourced engine to meet upcoming EU regulations are also a factor in the company’s decision.

Nissan announced in 2016 it would build the new X-Trail in Sunderland after gaining reassurances from the government in the wake of the Brexit referendum, and a £61 million (US$79 million) assistance package.

The Juke and Qashqai will remain in production at Sunderland, as will next generation versions.