Although the Nissan Xterra gained a loyal following, it was eventually discontinued after the 2015 model year due to various factors, but primarily because of changing market demands and the introduction of newer crossover SUV models in Nissan’s lineup. Simply, just a few years ago, we were all pretty sure that traditional body-on-frame SUVs are dead but the recent popularity of the outdated Toyota 4Runner proved us wrong. For that reason, it’s no wonder that several reports suggest that the Japanese manufacturer is seriously thinking of bringing back this model. The new, third generation would come, reportedly, as the 2024 Nissan Xterra, and it would be a genuine body-on-frame SUV, with a lot of parts and design solutions shared with the recently redesigned Frontier.
Of course, it’s not hard to figure out that the new model would compete with three remaining compact and mid-size off-roaders in the market, Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco and Toyota 4Runner. Nissan’s new SUV will certainly have to stand out in some way to “steal” some customers because all three models are currently doing extremely well on the market. Meanwhile, we can only speculate about the 2024 Nissan Xterra design, as the officials are still quiet. Therefore, please take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
Nissan Xterra: Brief History
The Nissan Xterra was produced for a span of 16 years, from 2000 to 2015. It was initially introduced as a compact SUV for the 2000 model year and quickly gained popularity among outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a rugged and capable vehicle. Throughout its production run, the Xterra underwent several updates and redesigns to enhance its performance, features, and overall appeal.
The first-generation Xterra, often referred to as the WD22 model, was produced from 2000 to 2004. It featured a distinctive boxy design, off-road-oriented features, and a choice of either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations. The second-generation Xterra, the N50 model, was in production from 2005 to 2015. It introduced a more modern and refined appearance while retaining its off-road capabilities.
2024 Nissan Xterra Design: What to Expect?
The Nissan Xterra was a rugged and versatile SUV that has gained a loyal following since its introduction in the early 2000s. Designed to excel both on and off the road, the Xterra has become known for its durability, powerful performance, and adventurous spirit. With its distinctive boxy shape, roof rack, and high ground clearance, the Xterra exudes a sense of adventure and readiness for outdoor exploration.
So, we expect nothing less from the new model. Of course, it would share a lot of parts with the current generation Nissan Frontier pickup, which is currently doing pretty well on the market. It would ride on the same F-Alpha platform, and it could even use the same aesthetics at the front. In any case, it will have to offer respectable off-road performances to compete with the aforementioned models.
2024 Nissan Xterra Off-Road Features
The 2024 Nissan Xterra will have to stand out in terms of off-road performance. So, we expect to see a robust body-on-frame construction, which provides the necessary strength and durability to tackle challenging terrains. One of the key features should be respectable approach and departure angles, so we definitely expect to see a relatively short wheelbase with even shorter overhangs.
Of course, we also expect to see a good portion of off-road upgrades, such as a locking rear differential, hill descent control, and hill start assist, which would help the future SUV on tough terrains.
In terms of the interior design, we expect a lot of similarities with the Frontier, at least when it comes to the dashboard design. It should look very similar and utilize similar tech features. The first two generations of Nissan Xterra had a comfortable and practical interior. The cabin featured generous space for passengers and cargo, making it an ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike. So, we expect nothing less from the new model. We presume that the new SUV would feature a little bit over 110 inches in wheelbase. So, it wouldn’t be a surprise if also see an optional third row.
2024 Nissan Xterra Engines
As for the powertrain, we expect no surprises. We are pretty sure that the new 2024 Nissan Xterra would feature the same 3.8-liter V6 as the current-generation Frontier, with a max output of 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. The engine would come coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission and such a setup would ensure not just plenty of power and torque off the road, but also good driving dynamics on the road.
2024 Nissan Xterra Release Date and Price
The officials are still quiet about the 2024 Nissan Xterra. On the other hand, rumors suggest this comeback could happen already in the next year. If that happens, we estimate that the starting price would go around 35.000 dollars, roughly.