As mentioned in our previous article, Nissan is building a new “pickup-based” SUV which could be developed from the Nissan Navara NP300. Up to now, more meticulous details of the upcoming SUV have been disclosed. According to the latest car news from Headlightmag - a Thailand magazine, the new SUV could be dubbed "Nissan Xterra" (or "Paladin") and it is expected to launch in China this year, then make its debut in Thailand in 2018.
Through a photo revealed by Headlightmag, the Xterra is a far departure from the vehicle it is based on - the Navara NP300.
The Xterra is a far departure from the Navara NP300
For starters, compared to the Navara, the new Nissan “pickup-based” SUV gets a few refreshments at the front fascia. In detail, it has a more defined V-motion grille covered by more refined headlights. Additionally, the Xterra’s bumper is completely different from the pickup’s in terms of shape, bringing the SUV a more solid look. However, the new model still keeps some Navara cues on its body such as the chrome side mirrors and the bonnet. When it comes to the rear, the Xterra is adorned with completely new and larger doors, along with two additional side windows.
What’s more, its cabin is also widened, enabling a capability of catering up to seven occupants.
The Nissan Xterra's design is based on the Nissan Navara NP300
The Xterra is said to be powered by a 2.3L turbodiesel engine which is capable of dishing out 190hp and 450Nm of torque, working in conjunction with either a 7-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Four- and rear-wheel drive systems are all offered.
It seems that the SUV will be available in more engine options, petrol for example, when it walks into other markets. At launch, the Nissan “pickup-based” SUV promises to be a strong contender of current pickup-based SUVs including the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
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