2009 Nissan Xterra
Nissan Paladin (China)|
Nissan Roniz (Iran)
Dongfeng Oting (China)
Smyrna, Tennessee (1999–2012)|
Canton, Mississippi (2012–2015)
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil (2003–07)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
Both generations of the Xterra featured a two-box design with a raised rear roofline to enable stadium seating—as well as a bump on the rearmost door expressing an interior first aid kit and "C" pillar-mounted rear door handles.
The Xterra was introduced in North America in the 2000 model year (1999 calendar year) and marketed using the tagline Everything you need, nothing you don't.
Nissan licensed the name "Xterra" from Hawaiian-based TEAM Unlimited LLC for an undisclosed amount of money. TEAM Unlimited owns the rights to the Xterra Triathlon as well as the former Lifeguard Challenges. This enabled TEAM Unlimited to grow the Xterra brand.
First generation (WD22)
|First Generation (WD22)|
May 1999–2004 (North America and Brazil)|
|Designer||Diane Allen (1997)|
|Body and chassis|
2.8L TDI 4.07TCA 132 hp (98 kW) I4
2.8L TDI CRD 4.07TCE 140 hp (100 kW) I4
|Wheelbase||2,650 mm (104 in)|
|Length||4,522 mm (178.0 in)|
|Width||1,788 mm (70.4 in)|
2002–04 XE: 1,872 mm (73.7 in) |
2002–04 SE 4WD: 1,884 mm (74.2 in)
2002–04 SE 2WD:1,889 mm (74.4 in)
2002–04 S/C 4WD: 1,834 mm (72.2 in)
2002–04 SC 2WD: 1,877 mm (73.9 in)
2000–01 XE: 1,872 mm (73.7 in)
2000–01 SE 4WD: 1,879 mm (74.0 in)
2000–01 SE 2WD: 1,869 mm (73.6 in)
During its first two years there were two trim levels, each with increasing content levels: Xterra XE and Xterra SE.
The XE models were configured with several option packages combining the 170 horsepower 3.3 L VG33E V6 engine with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, as well as such features as roof rack, side step-rails, sun roof, and carpeted floor mats.
The SE featured standard equipment that was optional on an XE.
Xterra was freshened for 2002 (July 2001 production) with a redesigned dash and center console, improved powertrain, and new front end styling. The 3.3L VG33E V6 was upgraded to 180 hp (134 kW) at 4,800 rpm and 202 lb⋅ft (274 N⋅m) at 2,800 rpm, with the 210 hp (157 kW) supercharged VG33ER option carried over from the 2001 Nissan Frontier, producing 246 lb⋅ft (334 N⋅m) of torque for the automatic, and 231 lb⋅ft (313 N⋅m) of torque with 5-speed manual.
For 2003, new options became available, including side-curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. Audio systems were upgraded, the premium 6-disc, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD setup being replaced by a 6-speaker 300W Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD system with an 8-inch subwoofer that took up a small portion of the rear storage area. Although 2004 was the last year for this generation, some models were made as late as January 2005.
Second generation (N50)
|Second generation (N50)|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||Nissan F-Alpha platform|
|Engine||4.0 L VQ40DE 265 hp (198 kW) V6|
|Wheelbase||2700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,539 mm (178.7 in)|
|Width||1,849 mm (72.8 in)|
|Height||1,902 mm (74.9 in)|
Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in 2004, the Xterra was redesigned for 2005 on the Nissan F-Alpha platform used by the Frontier, entering showrooms in early 2005 for the 2005 model year. Offering a rear differential locker on the off-road model, the new model is larger in all dimensions than its predecessor. Utilizing Nissan's variable valve timing fitted 4.0 L VQ40DE engine, it produces 261 hp (195 kW).
The Xterra received a facelift for 2009 (July 2008 production) with more options and colors, leather seats on SE models, and roof mounted lights on off-road models. The last year of the Nissan Xterra in Mexico was 2008, as the larger-but-cheaper unibody Nissan Rogue replaced in the product lineup. Reasons why the Xterra stopped sales in Mexico was for Nissan to free up room for the 2009 Suzuki Equator at the Smyrna plant, and also because of Nissan building fewer Xterras due to declining sales in the United States and Canada. After that, the Xterra is now mutually exclusive with the unibody X-Trail sold outside the United States and Canada. However, the X-Trail was sold in Canada from 2005 to 2006 alongside the Xterra, but after the 2006 model year, Nissan replaced the X-Trail in Canada with the Rogue.
- An updated NissanConnect with a Navigation system with available NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration for iPhone and Android, allowing the user to connect with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook and more.
- To the new app integration, the NissanConnect with Navigation system's capabilities now include SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates and weather), SiriusXM Weather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and audio voice recognition.
- New 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs for the S and PRO-4X grades
- standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls and sunglass holder (overhead console) on all grade levels;
- push-type HVAC controls and upgraded audio system added to X grade;
- addition of heated front seats on PRO-4X (standard cloth, available leather-appointed seats);
- new Hyper Silver paint added for the grille and underguard.
Awards and recognition
- 2000 Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year
- 2000 North American Truck of the Year
- 2000 New England Motor Press Association's Winter Vehicle Award of New England for Best in Class – Mini Sport Utility
- 2001 Named Top Car by AAA New Car and Truck Buying Guide
- 2005 Named on the Automobile Magazine's 50 Great New Cars list
- 2006 Nominated as North American Truck of the Year
- 2006 Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year
- 2006 Motor Trend's Truck Trend's Best Little-Guy SUV Award
- 2006 Car and Driver Rock-Hopper SUV Winner.
- 2006 4×4 of the Year award from Peterson's 4-Wheel and Off-Road magazine.
- 2006 Edmunds.com Editor's Most Wanted Vehicle
- 2009 4Wheeler Magazine's SUV of the Year
- 2010 Xterra received the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's highest Side-impact Safety Rating (five stars).
Production outside North America
All Nissan-produced Xterras manufactured outside the U.S. were built in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil until 2007. (Nissan ceased Brazilian production entirely in 2007.) It is built under license by Pars Khodro in Iran as the Nissan Roniz, and in China by Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile as the (Japanese: Nissan Paladin) from 2003 to 2013. The Paladin uses the same chassis and running gear as the first generation Nissan Xterra, and the 2.4L KA24DE engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The front end is from the local Pickup. (The second generation Xterra model is only available in North America.) Other difference between the American Xterra and its Chinese counterparts is the parking brake actuator, which in the American model relies on a pedal (with a pull-handle for release) while the Chinese resorts to a lever.
Dongfeng Motors produces a Chinese version of the Xterra called the Oting from 2007 to 2015. It is based on the first generation of the Xterra. It was available with the 2.4 litre 4G64 and 4G69 or a 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
In comparison to pricing, the Chinese market Nissan Paladin was priced at 159,800 to 244,800 RMB (25,264 to 38,702 USD) while the Oting was priced at 119,800 to 154,800 RMB (18,940 to 24,473 USD). Trim levels for the Paladin were called the 2WD S, 2WD C, 2WD L, 2WD E, 4WD S, 4WD C, 4WD L and 4WD E. Trim levels for the Oting were called the China III MT L, China III MT E, China III AT L, China IV MT L, China IV MT E, Diesel 2WD and the Diesel 4WD.
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- "The 2016 Nissan lineup: Charting the changes". Nissan Official Media Newsroom. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
- 2014 Nissan Xterra Press Kit
- 2014 Nissan Frontier, Xterra Priced
- "Nissan Xterra Discontinued in U.S." edmunds.com. 23 Feb 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "Xtra! Xtra! Nissan Xterra Confirmed to Die After 2015 Model Year". caranddriver.com. 18 Aug 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- Rock-Hopper 2006 Competition Car and Driver.com, April, 2006. Accessed on June 11, 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nissan X-Terra.|
- Nissan USA - Official American site
- Official site on Nissan China
- Xterra Firma - Nissan Xterra information site, reviews, articles, and forum (Site Retired, Domain name for sale.)
- A story of Nissan Paladin and the Chinese team in a 2005 long-distance auto race (Dakar 2005) from this website: Nissan Motorsports website
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|Subcompact crossover SUV||Juke||Kicks|
|Compact crossover SUV||Rogue||Rogue Select||Rogue Sport / Qashqai|
|Rogue / X-Trail|
|Mid-size crossover SUV||Murano||Murano||Murano|
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|Note||Vehicle sold only in Mexico|