The steady decline in the sales of Nissan Xterra can speak of how much the SUV segment has changed over the last one and half decade. When this new Nissan SUV was first rolled out, a majority of SUVs had the off-road capability and the conventional body-on-frame built. These two elements alone made good selling points, almost guaranteeing great sales numbers.
In 1999, the Japanese carmaker introduced Xterra as a smaller alternative to its Pathfinder SUV. Back then, SUVs using pickup-truck platforms were a huge hit – and Xterra was among them. It used the Frontier pick-up body. It promised great driving capability in on- and off-road conditions. In fact, the Xterra was widely used as everyday SUV for simple city drives.
But with the SUV segment expanding very rapidly and the concerns over fuel economy becoming ever relevant, the Xterra’s once supreme engineering can’t seem to compete anymore. To date, Xterra’s 2000 year model has sold over 750,000 units but due to its dwindling sales numbers, Nissan has announced that it would be putting a halt on the production of Xterra. This, however, doesn’t mean that the muscular SUV would immediately disappear from the dealerships. The remaining units would still be sold as 2017 Nissan Xterra.
2017 Nissan Xterra – Features
We expect minor variances with the 2017 Nissan Xterra. It would still be identical to the current generation. The Nissan Xterra 2017 would continue to use its body-to-frame construction which appeals exactly to off-road enthusiasts that want to get a rugged look over comfort. As mentioned above, it would be underpinned by the Frontier pickup truck F-Alpha platform. Within the Japanese carmaker’s SUV lineup, the 2017 Xterra would continue to slot between the large Murano and smaller Rogue models. Because of its exceptional FWD drivetrain, the Xterra is among the very SUVs that can compete head-to-head with the Jeep Wrangler in terms of off-roading capabilities.
The current generation of Xterra has just received a lot of amazing updates for its 2015 model year. So, it is relatively a new model. Among the new additions for the 2015 model year is the Nissan Connect as standard equipment for the Xterra S trim. This infotainment system includes Bluetooth, USB connection, Mobile Apps, Sirius XM satellite radio, and a large 5.0-inch touchscreen display. Beacon Yellow exterior colour has also been added to the available options.
2017 Nissan Xterra – Main Power Production Unit
Since the 2017 Nissan Xterra remains largely unchanged, we expect it to be available in following trim levels: X, S, and PRO-4X. All of the variants will be available in a four-door configuration. Standard to all trims is 16-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels. As for the engine, the 2017 Nissan Xterra would get a 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6. This powertrain produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. FWD models are paired with the five-speed automatic gearbox, while the AWD versions are paired with a six-speed manual transmission. As an alternative, those who want the most advanced off-road driving experience, there is the PRO-4X trim level. This version is capable of hill descent control, hill start assists, and special Bilstein shock absorbers.
2017 Nissan Xterra – Price
We expect the price of the 2017 Nissan Xterra to be slightly lowered considering that it is a farewell version. It would get a price tag anywhere between $23,000 and $30,000 depending on the trim level.