Nissan’s Xterra might get a successor by the end of the year. We think that because the Chinese version of the SUV, so-called Paladin, is going to be replaced with the all-new 2018 Nissan Terra. The all-new high-riding vehicle has been spied yesterday somewhere in China and these are the first shots. As you can see, the new SUV largely resembles the Navara NP300 pickup truck, which is good, because it means that we are not looking into one more crossover, but in a true body-on-frame SUV with plenty of space for all seven passengers.
Design and Footprint
According to our source, the 2018 Terra features really respective measures. It’s 4882mm long, 1850mm wide, 1835mm tall, and rides on a 2850mm wheelbase, which can compete with most of the rivals. The SUV rides on the same architecture as the Navara truck of course, but that’s not everything the vehicle stole from the pickup. No, it also sports pretty much the same front-end design. The grille and headlights are identical down there, yet the bumper features a few different details. Still, the exterior overall styling is pretty cool, because it provides enough ruggedness, yet looks charming at the same time.
We haven’t managed to see the interior this time. However, the cab should mirror the truck sibling, too (at least the dash and tech). The aforementioned measures promise enough space for the third row of seating and worthy cargo space. The later one is guaranteed, because the trunk appears to be deep enough and, what’s more important, the rear end features normal flat lines. You know that Nissan knows to mess the rear hatch with some unnecessary curves which shrink the space, but that’s not going to happen here.
The Navara-based SUV will offer two engine options for now. The gasoline model will rely on a 2.5-liter inline-4 unit that pumps out 137 kW, which is about 184 hp. The 2018 Nissan Terra Diesel will, on the other hand, use a 2.3-liter dCi turbodiesel. The engine is able to release between 158 hp (118 kW) and 187 hp (140 kW). Both models will be mated to the standard rear- or optional all-wheel drive. Nissan will likely offer both six-speed manual and seven-speed auto transmissions.
The body-on-frame 7-seater SUV will be introduced in China at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. For other markets, however, the 2018 Terra will arrive sometime later, though we are not so sure whether the carmaker plans to introduce it in North America. The U.S. customers have the similar-sized Pathfinder already, so we don’t see any point. Compared to the Pathfinder, the only benefit of the all-new vehicle is the body-on-frame construction, but is this enough for Terra to succeed in America?