After years of crossover dominance, things are changing on the market. More and more buyers are looking for genuine BoF 4×4 SUVs and the problem is that the current offer isn’t particularly generous. Besides Wrangler and 4Runner, we may count on the recently revived Ford Bronco and that’s where the story ends. However, things could change soon, as rumors suggest another comeback, this time from Nissan. Allegedly, we will see the all-new 2022 Nissan Xterra, which would represent this Japanese manufacturer on the BoF SUV market.
At this point, the officials are still quiet about the 2022 Nissan Xterra. So, the best we can do is to rely on rumors. Practically, the only thing we could say for sure is that if the new model arrives, it will certainly be a genuine BoF SUV. Of course, we count on a lot of similarities with the new-generation Frontier pickup, which would serve as the basis for this SUV. We presume the new model could arrive already in the next year.
2022 Nissan Xterra Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the only certain thing about the 2022 Nissan Xterra is its base layout. We would see a genuine body-on-frame layout, something that has always characterized this nameplate. Without any doubt, it would borrow most parts from the new Frontier. This means it would ride on a good-old F-Alpha platform, which has been used for a long time and which proved itself as a proper truck platform.
The previous generations of Xterra were all compact SUVs. We presume that the new one might get bigger. In other words, we would see a model that belongs to the mid-size class, similarly sized to models like Toyota 4Runner. In Nissan’s lineup, it would slot between the compact Rogue and mid-size Pathfinder crossovers.
When it comes to styling, it’s still early for details. Still, we presume that the front end would look pretty similar to the new Frontier. This would mean a futuristic approach, which includes petty bold grille, massive LED lamps and similar styling elements. On the other hand, the overall shape would come in a typical SUV layout, with a boxy shape, high ground clearance and massive wheels.
We presume that the 2022 Nissan Xterra would also come in an off-road variant. That version would come with all kinds of upgrades, and it would probably carry the Pro-4X badge. Some of the off-road hardware that comes to mind are standard 4WD, skid plates, hill descent control, two-speed transfer case, locking differentials, off-road tires and similar things.
On the inside, we presume that the dashboard would look pretty similar to the pickup sibling. Still, things would probably be a little bit finer, with nicer materials and more attractive color schemes. Of course, we also count on lots of standard and available equipment, including all kinds of tech goodies.
Considering that this would be a mid-size SUV, we would expect to see a lot of space. In other words, this would mean that the third row of seats would be offered as well. However, it wouldn’t be particularly spacious and comfortable, so standard models would probably come as five-seaters.
2022 Nissan Xterra Engines
This is one of the rare aspects that are pretty easy to predict. Of course, we are talking about the same 3.8-liter V6, which has been introduced last year. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission and features a total output of 310 horsepower. That’s a quite respectable amount of power, which would ensure solid driving dynamics and a convenient ride. Furthermore, the max towing capacity should go around 6.000 pounds.
Some sources also suggest a hi-performance version, which would feature even more power. On the other hand, we don’t expect to see any form of electrification in this SUV, nor other kinds of alternatives, such as diesel options.
2022 Nissan Xterra Release Date and Price
It’s important to know that the 2022 Nissan Xterra is just a rumor for now and that chances to see it in production aren’t particularly big. Despite the rumors, we don’t feel too enthusiastic about this arrival but if it arrives one day, we presume that the base price would go somewhere between 30.000 and 35.000 dollars.