Is the U.S. market all set for a return of the old-school body-on-frame midsize SUV? Ford appears to think so, as a restored variation of the company’s Bronco SUV is being prepared for a 2020 model-year launching.
Obviously, Toyota never ever left the segment. The Japanese car manufacturer’s 4Runner still offers well, having enjoyed a small year-over-year sales increase for 2017.
Though Nissan basically deserted the off-road-oriented midsize-SUV market with its discontinuation of the Xterra SUV after the 2014 model year, the company is stated to be considering a return to the sector.
While the absolute sales capacity of this category of rugged, trail-ready SUVs is relatively little– most likely no more than 200,000 sales– it is a potentially profitable niche, assuming the variety of competing entries stays low.
Because a Nissan entry to the class would most likely come as a variation of a vehicle already being offered overseas, the automaker’s capital commitment to presenting such a vehicle in North America might be fairly little.
2021 Nissan Xterra– Why now?
With fuel prices having actually supported at a reasonably budget-friendly level, lots of American consumers seem to be less anxious about fuel economy. And, with the U.S. economy humming along at a healthy clip, shoppers are investing more than ever on their new vehicles.
A body-on-frame SUV would likely retail for more than a comparably sized crossover, and with restricted competition from competing products, incentive spending on such vehicles would likely below.
While carmakers are hated to dedicate excessive energy and time to construct old-school SUVs– particularly since gas prices can surge at any time, just as the economy can take a tumble– importing a vehicle already in production limitations disadvantage capital direct exposure.
Also, off-road-capable SUVs can make exceptional halo vehicles; they virtually ooze the sort of stylish, daring mindset that can help lift a whole brand name.
What is it?
The 2021 Nissan Xterra would likely be a veritable clone of the Nissan Terra, a largish midsize SUV simply introduced for sale in China. With a 112-inch wheelbase and a general length of 192 inches, the Terra is a little smaller sized than the U.S.-market Nissan Pathfinder.
The Chinese-market vehicle is powered by either gasoline-fueled 2.5-liter four, or a diesel engine of the same displacement. A 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed automated are offered with either engine.
Neither of these powerplants is likely to see North American market duty, however. Anticipate either a 3.5-liter V6 or a variation of Nissan’s new variable-compression turbocharged “VC-Turbo” 4– cylinder engine. Americans are most likely to see only the automatic transmission.
A restored Xterra will not be used with third-row seating, and may not be offered with Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous system.
Will it truly be called Xterra?
Good concern. Nissan last offered a vehicle called Xterra in 2014, which vehicle was considerably smaller– and likely much less costly– than the vehicle that would be imported from China.
Nissan might well go with the Terra name, wanting to construct some global recognition for the brand name. However, might likewise hope to record some of the brand name acknowledgment still connected with the Xterra name, even if the new vehicle is not all that similar in size or cost to the initial.
Nissan might also amaze everybody and present an all-new model name, though we’re wagering on Xterra.
How will the Xterra fit into the Nissan crossover/SUV lineup?
Compared to the remainder of the Nissan vehicle lineup, the Xterra will be a fairly low-volume vehicle, and not likely to cannibalize lots of sales from the more on-pavement-oriented Nissan models. Xterra will slot in between the Murano and Pathfinder in regards to size, but will practically certainly cost more than either of those crossovers.
Just how much will the 2021 Xterra expense?
Try to find Nissan to offer a more minimal, higher-priced menu of Xterra models than Toyota makes with its 4Runner. Anticipate to see a nicely equipped SL model start at just under $40,000, a beefed-up PRO-4X Xterra to begin at around $45,000, and a well-equipped Platinum Reserve example to top out around $55,000.
When will the Xterra get here in display rooms?
As production of the Terra simply began, it seems not likely we would see a U.S.-market variation until the Chinese-market vehicle is upgraded in 2-3 years; this is since the changes needed to federalize the SUV for U.S. sale would be simplest to impact at that time.
Our best guess is that the new Xterra would appear before Autumn 2020 as a 2021 model.