The comeback of the 2021 Nissan Xterra is now more realistic with the new Terra SUV released for the Chinese market. Still, the return is not confirmed yet, but it could be part of the big changes for the upcoming season. The SUV was discontinued in 2015 due to few reasons. The Japanese carmaker had to invest a lot to improve its efficiency and performance. Previous Xterra struggled with emission reports, so it was not expendable to invest in the big redesign.
But, the SUV left a big gap in one important market. The SUV range is growing. These are the most popular vehicles nowadays, and more and more versions are available each season. Nissan killed its off-road specialist. True adventurers are always looking for such models. Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner are dominating this market. If anyone can compete against these units, that is the 2021 Nissan Xterra.
The SUV used a body-on-frame platform, which was providing better durability and longer life. Nissan will underpin the new Xterra with the same architecture. The truck-based SUV is going to be tough and reliable. There are also a few other questions regarding the engine range, but we will get the answers very soon.
Is 2021 Nissan Xterra Coming Back?
Nissan didn’t bring any new model for this season. The company put the whole lineup to idle while its engineers and designers are preparing a raid for the market in 2021. The focus is on new models and hybrid/electric drivetrains. We could see a few interesting concepts, and the latest one is Ariya. It will underpin electric crossovers in the future.
On the other hand, one of the most important novelties could be 2021 Nissan Xterra. The SUV should fill the gap in the off-road segment. The Japanese carmaker didn’t find any suitable replacement for the previous edition of Xterra and now its comeback seems pretty legit. However, all we have about this model are just rumors. But, the manufacturer keeps its plans for other debuts as secrets. No official word is coming for any of the major upgrades for 2021, although we know that few new arrivals are certain.
The return of the 2021 Nissan Xterra will trigger the alarm in all rival companies. Jeep Wrangler is the most popular off-road SUV in the US. It is the only such unit that achieves 200k sales per annum and it tells a lot about the hierarchy in the segment. Still, Toyota 4Runner is another major factor in the market. Its TRD Pro version is one of the toughest ones. Also, buyers love this model because of the numerous aftermarket upgrades. The star of this segment could become Ford Bronco. Although announced as 2020 YM, it is late for the debut. But, it causes a lot of fans to wait and Nissan could jump in and take over some annoyed fans expecting the new Bronco.
Outside the US, the Xterra will see the competition by the same companies, but different nameplates. Body-on-frame SUVs are quite popular in Pacific Asia and Australia. There, the 2021 Nissan Xterra will see rivals such as Toyota Fortuner or Mitsubishi Pajero. Ford delivers Everest, while Isuzu MU-X is another SUV that is not available in the US market.
2021 Nissan Xterra Gets a New Engine
If all the things about the SUV are still questionable, there is one certain thing about it – the 2021 Nissan Xterra will get a new drivetrain. And, we already have a favorite for the engine room. The carmaker announced that a 3.8-liter V6 powerplant is their latest project. It comes instead of a 4.0-liter displacement to improve the gas mileage. Still, the smaller block will deliver similar power and torque outputs. Exact numbers are not available yet, but the new engine is almost ready for a debut. But the time the upcoming Xterra is ready, it will be in production as well.
Until this happens, we must look for alternatives. A 4.0-liter is too big and thirsty for an entry-level model. Still, it would provide superb off-road power. Nissan could start the offer with its more reliable V6 drivetrain – a 3.5-liter displacement. On the other hand, the Terra SUV is using a 2.5-liter four-pot unit. Its 185 hp is just not enough for the off-road model for the US market. So, if Nissan opts for a fuel-friendly offer, that would likely be a 2.3-liter twin-turbo engine.
Release Date, Price
As said, the company has big plans for the next season. We will find out soon if the Xterra is part of the release schedule, or we will have to wait for another year to see it back. The certain thing is that Nissan needs such a vehicle. So, they are going to speed up the development and bring back Xterra as soon as possible. The price of the BoF SUV will start below $35,000 and the off-road specialists will cost around $50k.