Ford Bronco. Chevrolet Blazer. By now it is obvious that the industry is making it a trend to bring throwback nameplates of SUVs past to market today. Nissan is apparently considering capitalizing on the trend themselves with the return of the Xterra SUV.
According to unnamed sources at MotorTrend Nissan executives are seeing the recent sales success of the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler thinking they really should snag some of the fanfare. It also just so happens that the newly-formed Nissan Renault Mitsubishi Alliance is reportedly working on a new body-on-frame SUV.
The reports suggest the alliance will roll out the body-on-frame model at next year’s Beijing Motor Show. At this time there has been no confirmation as to which model this SUV will be, but all signs are pointing to it being a new Nissan Xterra.
It is also expected that the revived Xterra will share its platform with the next-generation Nissan Frontier pickup. Nissan sources have confirmed that the new Frontier will be unique from the Nissan Navara, the company’s global pickup. This suggest Nissan is spending some serious cash on the Frontier program, which could explain the financial side behind their alleged desire to scale resources to a new Xterra program as well.
Right now it is anyone’s guess as to when a new Xterra could arrive, but the best guess is around the 2020 time frame. Nissan last sold the Xterra in 2015, when it was quietly discontinued.