The demand for traditional body-on-frame SUV is getting bigger these days. Normally, every carmaker wants a piece of cake, so we may expect arrivals of several new models in the near future. One of them is the well-known nameplate, Xterra. This model was in production for many years and finally ended several years ago, as crossover started to dominate the market. However, things have changed on the market, so we may expect its comeback as well, maybe already in the next year as 2020 Nissan Xterra.
Of course, these are just rumors. We are still waiting to hear something from the officials, but the fact that there is an Asian model called Terra, with similar design characteristics gives the right to believe that the new 2020 Nissan Xterra could come pretty soon. Still, count on notable differences compared to the previous generation of this capable SUV.
2020 Nissan Xterra Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, things are pretty simple here. We are pretty sure that Nissan won’t try any experiments. We would rather see a design that is based on proven solutions. In practice, this would mean a lot of similarities with the current-generation Navara. More precisely, this would mean a design that is based on the upcoming next-generation Frontier, which is about to receive a complete overhaul after more than 15 years.
In practice, this means that the 2020 Nissan Xterra will ride on a well-known F-Alpha platform. Of course, the architecture will be updated and upgraded in many ways for the new SUV, but this is still a good old design approach that is all about proven technologies and design solutions. Therefore, don’t expect things like hybrid powertrain or any other forms of electrifications in this model. The platform itself is good. It delivers a great balance between comfort and performances, so we do not doubt that the 2020 Nissan Xterra will be more than competitive on the market.
Once again, we know what to expect from the 2020 Nissan Xterra. There’s no doubt that the new model will have a lot in common with the upcoming Frontier. Therefore, we expect to see the same face, which will be highly influenced by internationally offered Navara, with the addition of several distinctive details. The rest of the vehicle will come in a typical SUV manner and we don’t expect bigger surprises here.
The 2020 Nissan Xterra should come with conventional styling solutions, with pretty classical SUV shape. A thing we should mention about the new model is the size. We expect that the new model will notably grow in size. Previous generations of Xterra were compact, while the new model will be a mid-size SUV, which will compete with models like Toyota 4Runner, Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler etc.
If you look at models like Navara or Terra, the first thing that comes to mind about their cabins is simplicity. You won’t find too many fancy details in there, but rather just sturdy materials and simplistic dashboard design. We have no doubt that the 2020 Nissan Xterra will come in the same manner. The new model will come with a dashboard similar to the new Frontier, which is expected to be relatively conventional.
Still, that doesn’t mean the new model will lack quality and overall opulence. Nissan’s cars are generally known for very good interior quality. So, we may expect the same from the new SUV as well. Also, we count on a full load of tech goodies, including touchscreen interface, smartphone integration and all other kinds of connectivity features.
2020 Nissan Xterra Engines
Under the good, we expect to see the same engines as in the next-generation Frontier. This would probably mean three powertrain options. Most likely, the base engine will be a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which could come in an updated version with 180 horsepower. Higher trims will come with a V6 engine. Of course, we are pretty sure that the 4.0-liter unit will be replaced with something smaller and more efficient. Some reports even suggest a turbo V6 engine with around 300 horsepower.
Finally, the 2020 Nissan Xterra should also come in a diesel version. Oil-burners are becoming more popular among truck and SUV drivers, so we expect the new Frontier and Xterra will come with such an engine in the offer as well. The first one that comes to mind is a 2.3-liter turbodiesel from Renault, which delivers around 188 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.
2020 Nissan Xterra Release Date and Price
Although some reports are suggesting 2020 Nissan Xterra’s arrival already in the next year, the fact is that this model is still just a rumor and that we are waiting to hear something from the officials. If the new model happens, we presume that the base price would go around 30-35.000 dollars.