Needless to say, this mid-size SUV is forbidden fruit in the US.
Want to buy a new mid-size body-on-frame Nissan SUV in the US right now? Well, you can’t, not since the X-Terra was discontinued. Your only true SUV option from Nissan is the large Armada. In China, however, SUV buyers will soon be able to buy the just revealed Terra. Based on the Navara pickup truck, the mid-size Terra will likely have its official live debut in April at the Beijing Auto Show, but today the automaker has released a few images and a video.
We’ve known the Terra was coming for a couple of years now, partly thanks to our spy photographers, so we’re not in the least bit surprised to see today’s reveal. Nissan has yet to provide specifics, but it’s safe to assume the Terra’s engine lineup will be the same as the Navara’s.
This includes a 2.3-liter turbo diesel and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. Looking at the single interior image, the dash design is nicely laid out and you can spot premium features such as dual-zone climate control and aluminum trim, though the infotainment screen does look kind of small. As of now, there are no immediate plans to bring the Terra stateside, which makes sense considering Nissan USA still sells the aging Frontier pickup truck instead of the far newer Navara. Word has it, however, Nissan is working on a Frontier successor that will continue to be sold in the US.
There’s been something of a mid-size pickup truck renaissance as of late, which started with the strong-selling Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and, most recently, the reveal of the reborn Ford Ranger. Ford also announced a new Bronco, based on the Ranger, is due to arrive in 2020. If that proves to be a success, then Nissan might, just might, consider turning its next-gen Frontier into an SUV. Fingers crossed.