Nissan has proven it knows how to build great crossovers and SUVs. An impressive lineup of globally available models speak for themselves. We also love the Titan and Titan XD trucks while Navara is also successful on the global level. However, the Frontier is still waiting for the full redesign. The similar story shares the Frontier-based Xterra SUV. However, this adventure-oriented model faced with the discontinuation after the 2015 model year. According to some car industry speculations, the 2018 Nissan Xterra has been mentioned as the third-generation version of the capable SUV but Nissan hasn’t confirmed that.
What are the chances for Xterra’s return?
Declining sales were the main reason why Nissan discontinued the Xterra SUV. Poor fuel economy combined with needed safety and emissions upgrades were also detected as the weak sides of this model. What’s more, with solid axles and leaf springs in the back, the Xterra isn’t designed to spend most of the time on the road. It is a more off-road ready vehicle. However, the buyers are now more oriented toward softer, more comfort-oriented SUVs and it is also the reason why this model hasn’t great potential for the return at this moment. The similar destiny is with Toyota’s FJ Cruiser which also left the production. Toyota, however, plans to offer the softer version of this model previewed by the Toyota FT-4X. One of the rare vehicles of this kind which has the bright future is the iconic Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler enters the new generation as the 2018 model.
Considering all, we don’t see any potential of the speculations about the 2018 Nissan Xterra model to become the reality. However, the adventurous buyers which need the great off-road capability and gear-friendly cabin but don’t care about the fuel prices and lacking the modern refinement could go with the 2015 Xterra which is still available but in the limited number.
What may still be appealing about the Xterra SUV?
The 2018 Nissan Xterra won’t likely see the light of the day. However, if the off-road adventure is your priority, the current Xterra will take you anywhere and you can also tow up to 5, 000 lbs. It won’t provide you with the modem-SUV comfort but you will get flexible interior space combined with the relative comfort. Don’t expect the full infotainment system capacity either. But, the Nissan Xterra will keep you connected with NissanConnect system that was updated for the 2015 model year with the navigation and smartphone support.
On the other hand, the 4.0-liter V-6 engine provides 261 hp. When combined with the available part-time 4×4 system with low and high range and solid ground clearance and approach angle you will be able to go almost anywhere. There is also Nissan’s PRO-4X trim to add even more off-road prowess and some appealing features.