If you’re an off-road SUV fan, you know the Nissan Xterra was discontinued following the 2014 model year — a disappointment for many of us, and surely a disappointment for Nissan now that the off-road SUV segment has really taken off. But as it turns out, the Xterra didn’t go away everywhere: it was fully redesigned in China, and there’s a third-generation Xterra offered there.
Admittedly, it isn’t called the Xterra — but it’s close, as it’s called the Nissan Terra. Like the Xterra, it’s based on Nissan’s pickup truck, and like the Xterra, it offers manual or automatic transmissions. It doesn’t have the same big engines as the Xterra, but I suspect that has more to do with Asian market regulations than actual engine bay capacity — meaning we could get this here in North America.
And yet, we don’t, which is perplexing to me in a world where the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner sell in huge numbers. This vehicle should obviously be sold in North America, and it would obviously do well — but, for whatever reason, Nissan doesn’t offer it here.
Regardless of reasoning, however, I find it very interesting that the Xterra — which I always assumed was dead until a late-night Wikipedia session convinced me otherwise — is still alive and well, with a new model available in Asia. I think this is a great opportunity for Nissan, and I think this vehicle would find a lot of buyers here in North America.