Nissan plans to return its Xterra model by the end of 2019. That model will be known as the 2020 Nissan Xterra and it will be offered in all of the biggest markets around the globe. Well, almost all. If the latest reports are true, Xterra will not arrive on the American soil. Not in the near future. The new Xterra will start the third-generation and it would share a lot with the Nissan Terra mid-size SUV. New Terra arrived in China not so long ago and it is slightly smaller than the Nissan Pathfinder model.
We already knew about the Xterra return. Nissan already said it is a part of a long-term plan. It means, the 2020 Xterra returns after almost five years. It will sport a new exterior design and unique interior look. This SUV should share the same platform with the Nissan Navara pickup. For that reason, Xterra will arrive as a versatile SUV with great capabilities.
2020 Nissan Xterra will use some cues from the Renault Alaskan pickup truck
The upcoming 2020 Nissan Xterra will use the same platform that underpins the Nissan Navara pickup truck. The same architecture can be found on Renault Alaskan as well. But in general, Xterra will borrow most of the styling cues from Nissan Frontier. After all, it is the same design language. With that in mind, you can spot Nissan Rogue’s piece of styling too. On the other hand, Xterra will sport unique design, mostly the side profile.
This SUV will mark the start of a new generation so the exterior will be almost brand new. The front part comes with a new set of headlights and a new grille. The hood is almost the same but it holds more prominent scoops. The rear end is finished in a more angular style than before. The rear bumper is clearly larger and the taillights are very modern. It is a subtle design, without too much aggressiveness.
2020 Nissan Xterra interior is pleasant
This SUV will also present a new interior. Furthermore, the design is not even near the previous model. The 2020 Nissan Xterra offers a pleasant and upscale interior. The cabin will be modern in terms of technology features and systems.
The layout is better and the comfort is better, no doubt. We like the shapes of the air vents and buttons. There is room for seven passengers across the three rows. However, a five-seater could appear in the near future as well.
2020 Nissan Xterra will not arrive in the US
Unfortunately, the 2020 Nissan Xterra won’t be offered in the US. This SUV was made for specific markets such as South Asia or China. The luxury-hungry American market was not an option at all. Without the desirable safety requirements and some other issues, Xterra can’t hit the American soil.
However, it doesn’t mean the Xterra won’t appear in 2021 or 2022. Nissan said the company is aware how tough American market can be. The size is right for the American soil, but some other issues are not meeting the requirements.
2020 Nissan Xterra drivetrain and transmission
The all-new 2020 Nissan Xterra will hit the roads with two drivetrain choices. The first and standard unit is a smaller 2.3-liter V6. It will produce 188 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. The standard V6 unit comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the four-wheel-drive system that is optional.
A 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine is optional. It comes with a 7-speed automatic gearbox but engine specs are not available yet. However, diesel drivetrain will offer around the same amount of horses as the standard engine. On the other hand, torque and fuel economy numbers will be significantly larger.
2020 Nissan Xterra cost and date of launch
The Japanese automaker didn’t provide the pricing figures yet. Most of the car experts are convinced that the 2020 Nissan Xterra will cost slightly below $30,000. This SUV will go on sale in the last quarter of 2019.