2021 Nissan X-Terra Debuts After A Long Absence

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But it won't be coming to America.

The Nissan Xterra was discontinued in the US market after the 2015 model year. Aside from the large Armada, Nissan no longer sells a body-on-frame SUV in North America. Go elsewhere, however, and there are options, specifically the Terra SUV, which is based on the Navara midsize pickup truck. But in one region of the world, the Terra is called X-Terra (note the dash mark) and it returns after a five-year market absence.

The 2021 Nissan X-Terra, teased just a few days ago, is for the Middle East market only but it's not entirely new. It's really a facelifted Terra but it's awfully appealing. The new X-Terra is a three-row SUV with a fresh design inside and out that sets it apart from the Terra sold elsewhere.

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For starters, the SUV receives new LED headlights and taillights and an updated grille featuring the brand's new V-motion design. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels are standard and 18-inch machine-cut alloys are optional. The front and rear bumpers borrow some Patrol styling elements as well. A total of seven exterior colors are available while the interior has premium black and grey colors.

Depending on trim, cloth and leather upholstery are offered. The new soft-touch instrument panel design features a nine-inch infotainment system and the HVAC controls have received a more premium look. A three-spoke steering wheel is new while the Zero Gravity front and 60/40 split-folding second-row seats provide best-in-class comfort. Third-row seats have a 50/50 split, while acoustic glass applied to the windshield and side windows makes for a quieter cabin.

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Additional safety systems are now part of the package with the premium Platinum grade receiving Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.

Under the hood lies a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 165 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel-drive is standard and the Premium trim is 4WD only. Nissan also added four-wheel lock, a limited-slip differential, and an electronic locking rear differential. Off-road lovers will find the Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist Systems most helpful.

Sales in the Middle East begin next month and there's no indication yet whether the Terra SUV will receive these same updates.

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