Back in sight for the Nissan Xterra?

Back in sight for the Nissan Xterra?

Ford resurrects the Bronco. Land Rover unveils a new generation of the Defender. Jeep replicates by adding hybrid and V8 versions of the Wrangler. Toyota is still enjoying good success with the 4Runner.

SUVs are more popular than ever, and off-road models are popular. So don’t be surprised if some enthusiasts and even Nissan dealers want the Xterra back.

Remember, this Japanese backpacker had to leave us after the 2015 model year due to excessive gas mileage, new safety standards and because Nissan wanted to focus on launching the next-gen Murano. , consumers at the time mainly preferring more “urban” SUVs using a unibody structure.

But as described above, a reverse trend can be seen in the market right now, propelled by iconic names.

Photo: Sylvain Raymond

The site Automotive News reports that the Nissan Dealer Advisory Board in the United States discussed a possible return of the Xterra with Nissan’s global director of operations, Ashwani Gupta, at a meeting earlier this month. The discussions are concrete, but of course nothing is decided yet.

Interesting fact: In 2018, Nissan launched an SUV in China and Southeast Asia very similar to the late Xterra. Besides, his name is… Terra.

A member of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Japanese automaker is currently revising all its product planning globally, abandoning certain markets and vehicles in an attempt to significantly reduce its expenses and focus on its strengths.

Back in sight for the Nissan Xterra?

Photo: Sylvain Raymond

With us, that means for example the abandonment of the TITAN after the 2021 model year. On the other hand, the Frontier and the Pathfinder – two very old models – will give birth to a new generation which will be unveiled on February 4. As it did originally, Nissan could take over the Frontier chassis to create a new Xterra for our market.

In short, the idea is to bring excitement back to Nissan, to create a buzz like the Bronco. If the brand’s own dealers see it as an opportunity, why not give the green light?

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