Nissan Xterra

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Nissan Xterra
2009 Nissan Xterra -- 08-29-2009.jpg
2009 Nissan Xterra
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Paladin (China)
Nissan Roniz (Iran)
Production 1999–2015
2003–2007 (Brazil)
Assembly Smyrna, Tennessee (1999-2012)
Canton, Mississippi (2012-present)
United States
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil (2003-07)
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV (1st generation)
Mid-size SUV (2005-present)
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Successor Nissan Rogue (Mexico)

The Nissan Xterra is an SUV manufactured and marketed by Nissan Motors across two generations, utilizing its Nissan F-Alpha platform shared with the Nissan Frontier pickup.

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 name derives from the eponymous XTERRA off-road triathlon race series sponsored by Nissan from 1998 to 2006.[1]


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.

The Xterra was not Nissan's first compact SUV: Nissan Japan had the Nissan Mistral, and the Nissan Rasheen, while Nissan Europe produced and sold the Terrano, a 2-door SUV sold from 1993 to 2006.

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.

In August, 2015, Nissan announced that the Xterra would go out of production and the last Xterra would be sold in the fall of 2015.[2]

First generation (WD22)[edit]

First Generation (WD22)
Production May 1999–2004 (North America and Brazil)
1999-2009 (Iran)
1999-present (China)
Designer Diane Allen (1997)[3]
Body and chassis
Related Nissan Frontier

Petrol engines:
2.4L KA24DE 143 hp (107 kW) I4
3.3L VG33E 170 hp (130 kW) V6
3.3L VG33E 180 hp (130 kW) V6
3.3L SC VG33ER 210 hp (160 kW) V6

Diesel engines:
2.8L TDI 4.07TCA 132 hp (98 kW) I4
2.8L TDI CRD 4.07TCE 140 hp (100 kW) I4
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104 in)
Length 4,522 mm (178.0 in)
Width 1,788 mm (70.4 in)
Height 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 Xterra came featured a 143 hp (107 kW) KA24DE I4, 5-speed manual transmission, and steel wheels. It lacked step rails and roof rack.

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 floormats.

The SE featured equipment that was optional on an XE as standard equipment.

Canadian models from 2000 to 2004 were limited only to the VG33E V6, and only available with part-time 4WD.


Xterra was freshened for 2002 (July 2001 production) with a redesigned dash and center console, improved powerplant, and new front end styling. The 3.3L VG33E V6 was upgraded to 180 hp (134 kW) and a 210 hp (157 kW) supercharged VG33ER option was carried over from the 2001 Nissan Frontier, with 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.

Second generation (N50)[edit]

Second generation (N50)
2nd Nissan Xterra .jpg
Production January 2005-2015
Body and chassis
Platform Nissan F-Alpha platform
Related Infiniti QX56
Nissan Armada
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Titan
Engine 4.0 L VQ40DE 265 hp (198 kW) V6
Transmission 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (110 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 2004 New York International Auto Show in April 2004, the Xterra was redesigned for 2005 on the Nissan F-Alpha platform used by the Frontier, entering showrooms in mid-February 2005. 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).[4][5][6]

2009 update[edit]

2009-2012 Nissan Xterra

The Xterra received a facelift for 2009 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.[citation needed] 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.

In 2012, production was moved from Smyrna, Tennessee, to Nissan's facility in Canton, Mississippi.

2014 update[edit]

Changes include:

  • An updated NissanConnect with 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.

Early US models include X, S and PRO-4X, with a choice of 6-speed manual (S 4x4 and PRO-4X 4x4 only) or 5-speed automatic transmissions, a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.[7][8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Soldiers and Nissan Xterra vehicles of Brazil"s Força Nacional de Segurança.

Production outside of North America[edit]

Nissan Paladin in China
Facelifted Nissan Paladin

All Nissan-produced Xterras manufactured outside of 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) since 2003. 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.)

Dongfeng Motors produces a Chinese version of the Xterra called the Oting. It is based on the first generation of the Xterra.



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