If you hadn’t noticed, the Nissan Xterra was discontinued in August last year, with final stocks selling out by the first few months of this year. While the fate of the true body-on-frame 4×4 was up in the air, we can now confirm via sources that a new model is in development for release sometime in 2017. There is even a prototype running in Australia, with a Pathfinder Classic body.
As before, the next-generation Xterra will again be based on the Navara pickup, likely carrying over a version of the 4.0-litre V6 than currently also does duty in the 2017 Nissan Patrol. The Spanish-built 2016 Nissan Navara itself was fully redesigned from the ground up and hit the streets a few months ago. Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz is also preparing a pick-up based on the Navara.
While the last Xterra was built in America, it remains to be seen where the next-gen model is sourced from. Recently, Nissan Armada production switched from the United States to Japan after it moved to the Patrol platform.