Nissan can often be very cagey about new vehicles or leaking information about up and coming concepts, vehicles or technologies. They pick and choose their releases very carefully, more carefully than most other automakers to my mind. That’s fine, each to their own but it does mean there is less Nissan news around than other automakers.
That means any leak or potential leak gets a lot of attention, as with this potentially new Nissan Xterra being tested. The Xterra was around for a while and was then retired and replaced by newer models. According to leaks reports and rumours, that nameplate may be being revived.
The grainy shot above is apparently a rendering of the new car. That new car is widely believed to be the new Nissan Xterra. This is not an official image and Nissan have not confirmed anything but there are people out there not afraid to put pieces together.
The new vehicle is apparently based on the Navarra and uses the same platform and drivetrain with a little refinement. Nissan have also tried to make it different from the donor vehicle.
The design is immediately identifiable as Nissan. The Nissan V grille is there of course, and the angled lights show you right away it is a Nissan. The front end is also different too. It rides higher and has a bulbous front end of a ‘proper’ SUV. High ride height and a high waistline makes you almost want to step on tiptoes as you look at it.
We don’t know anything about the interior as yet except that it will have three rows and seat seven in comfort. We can expect typical Nissan build quality and an understated dashboard as well I think. It is also reasonable to expect some advanced safety tech and even Nissan ProPILOT too if we’re lucky.
Again, purely speculation but it is expected that Nissan’s existing 2.3-litre turbocharged diesel engine will power the Xterra like it does the current Navarra.
The new Nissan Xterra is does to be shown first in Asia either late this year or early next. We expect it to appear at a western auto show at some point late next year.