Until 2015, Xterra was one of the best truck-based SUVs with superb off-road capabilities. However, due to growing competition, Nissan was selling fewer units. An upgrade was required and the company decided against a heavy investment in emission and efficiency improvements. The ended career in 2015 and left a gap in the segment. But, fans were not waiting for its revival. Terra is the all-new concept. The vehicle debuted in China, while experts believe in other markets it will come out as the 2021 Nissan Xterra.
The new SUV is going to compete against Ford Bronco, Toyota 4Runner, and Jeep Wrangler in the US. Outside this market, there are also many off-road, truck-based SUVs, such as Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X, or Ford Everest. Knowing Nissan and looking at the existing Terra, we believe the company will immediately join the race as one of the most reliable units out there.
Where the 2021 Nissan Xterra Can Fit Into Lineup?
The new 2021 Nissan Xterra will come back to the same place where it was. Nissan still lacks a true off-road vehicle and its Pro-4X package is just not good enough. Pathfinder is a tough SUV, but the Japanese carmaker needs something more serious to stand against Toyota 4Runner. The new Xterra is not going to offer a three-row version and it will be slightly shorter than its main rival. Well, the Terra SUV is longer, while the length of the last Xterra edition was 178 inches. The upcoming model should be somewhere between these two.
The company is not going to offer it in a three-row version. Well, who needs an off-road vehicle with such configuration? What’s more, the top of the class model will be the Pro-4X, which will make the SUV even meaner. It is going to draw more attention than the premium equipment in other versions.
When Will 2021 Nissan Xterra be Available?
Nissan is preparing a big update for the upcoming season. There will be a lot of everything. Sports cars, trucks, SUVs, premium, off-road models, hybrids, and performance editions. The carmaker is making a break in 2020 and that is the reason why its lineup is pretty much the same. Not to mention all the arrivals for 2021, but we are pretty sure that Xterra will make a comeback. The debut of the Terra SUV in China give us the right to hope and the company is just indicating this is going to happen. Fans will hear more in the upcoming months, but it is obvious that Nissan needs a vehicle to fill this slot. The old nameplate is always a good solution, especially when it was popular as Xterra.
During 2018 we could hear rumors that Nissan is planning to build another plant on US soil. In the same season, the company invested $180 million to expand the production capacities and bring more Altima sedans. A new factory would offer a lot of opportunities, especially with more electric and hybrid units on the way. Tennessee and Mississippi are current locations. A site for the new plant is still unknown.
One of the most important details about the 2021 Nissan Xterra is a drivetrain. The carmaker has plenty of options, and one of them is the new unit. According to trusted sources, a new 3.8-liter engine is going to replace a 4.0 displacement under the hood of the Frontier truck. The same powerplant could find its way for the engine room of the new Xterra. However, the huge block would make the SUV pretty heavy, damaging its agility and performance.
A 3.5-liter remains the favorite to be the source of power. But, the size of the new model will also allow some of the turbo-four units to produce power. Just for a comparison, Terra is getting energy from a 2.5-liter engine. But, it is more likely that its twin will borrow twin-turbo setup based on a 2.3-liter displacement. A diesel unit is also an option, but unlikely for the US market.
What Will 2021 Nissan Xterra Look Like?
The 2021 Nissan Xterra needs to revive a rigid and bold styling. Well, Pathfinder is a pretty aggressive SUV, so we don’t have doubts about the new vehicle. The V-Motion grille is a certain part, while other details could be inspired by some of the new concepts we saw recently. Well, none of them is advertised as the off-road specialist, but the Xterra can borrow some solutions. Of course, the Pro-4X package is going to upgrade the body with skid plates, all-terrain tires, and this version will get a lift.
The cost of the new SUV will depend on the level of features it gets. Still, the base version will start about $30,000 and it won’t be better than Pathfinder. However, as you keep upgrading your Xterra, the price is going to jump. The off-road Pro-4X is going to cost just under $50,000. At the same price, you will also find a premium model with leather surfaces and advanced infotainment systems.