2020 Nissan Xterra Comeback


If we can rely on the latest reports, the Japanese manufacturer is seriously considering to bring back this nameplate. Allegedly, the new model would come already in the next year, as the 2020 Nissan Xterra. Although crossovers took over the market, there is still a quite large group of drivers that want to drive something that doesn’t just look like an SUV, but also acts in such manner.

The most frustrating thing to them is the fact that there aren’t too many vehicles of this kind on the market anymore, especially if we exclude those too large body-on-frame SUVs like Tahoe, Armada, Sequoia etc. People want to have a wider choice of mid-size SUVs and it looks like they will have another model to take into consideration soon. The 2020 Nissan Xterra is coming back, according to rumors, and it will have a lot of things to offer.

2020 Nissan Xterra

2020 Nissan Xterra Redesign

The previous version of this compact SUV has been discontinued four years ago. Reasons were obvious – outdated design, poor fuel economy, lack of safety features etc. Considering that the related Frontier pickup is finally about to receive a redesign, is looks like a perfect opportunity to revive this SUV as well. At this point, we are still waiting for the official confirmation, but everything looks quite likely from this perspective.

In terms of mechanics, we have no doubt that the new 2020 Nissan Xterra will have a lot in common with the new Frontier. That means the same platform, borrowed directly from the internationally-offered Navara. This truck has been praised for its amazing balance between capabilities and ride quality, and that seems like a perfect basis for the upcoming models. Of course, we count on a couple of updates and tweaks, in order to meet the demands of U.S. drivers and regulations.


When it comes to the exterior design, the thing we should mention first is that the 2020 Nissan Xterra will probably get bigger. Practically, the new Xterra will most likely take the place that belonged to Pathfinder, if we can rely on the latest reports. This means a typical mid-size SUV, with three rows of seats and generous cargo volume.

In terms of the styling, this will be a typical SUV. Count on a rugged and boxy appearance, in a manner of old-school off-roaders. After all, this model should be a direct rival to the capable Toyota 4Runner. Aesthetically, we expect the new model to share a lot of details with the upcoming Frontier. This primarily refers to the front end, where we should see a Navara-based face, with a couple of upgrades. The rest of the vehicle should come in a typical SUV, wagon-like manner.

Nissan Xterra side


It seems too early to talk about some more specific interior details. Still, we may presume that the new 2020 Nissan Xterra would come with a modern cabin, which will still keep a bit of classic SUV rigidity. There is a big chance to see the same dashboard design as in the upcoming Frontier. In practice, that would mean a mix of rugged and stylish design solutions, with nice but also durable materials all around the cabin. In terms of the size, count on a quite spacious cabin, typically for a mid-size SUV. This would mean three rows of seats, as well as a quite generous overall cargo volume. Of course, we also count on a long list of latest tech goodies and other convenient features, including numerous driver aids etc.

2020 Nissan Xterra Engines

Whan of the main reason for the discontinuation of the previous model was inefficient engines. Therefore, we presume that the old 4.0-liter V6 probably won’t be used in this case. More likely, we will see a smaller and more efficient 3.5-liter V6, which will probably be tuned to around 280-300 horsepower. This seems like a perfect measure for a mid-size SUV, while the fuel economy will be much better than before. Also, keep in mind that diesel version also seems very likely, especially on abroad markets. There is a couple of potential candidates, starting from Renault’s familiar 2.3-liter unit. Some reports even suggest a new 3.0-liter V6 from Mercedes-Benz, which delivers around 255 horsepower.

Even a hybrid version is in consideration and could arrive in the near future.

Nissan Xterra rear

2020 Nissan Xterra Release Date and Price

As we already mentioned, the new 2020 Nissan Xterra is still just a rumor. Despite its arrival seems very likely, we are still waiting for the official confirmation. Some reports are suggesting its launch all ready for the next year. In any case, we presume that base models would probably go around 30.000 dollars.

Currently, the competition isn’t that tough. Practically, the 4Runner and Wrangler are only rivals at the moment. However, keep in mind that a few more new models are coming, including the revived Ford Bronco.

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