Crude prices play a huge part in predicting where the automobile industry is going to head. And it plays a huge part in the rumors which may suggest a 2017 Nissan Xterra return. SUVs and pickups have literally picked from the waning sales over the last few decades which led manufacturers to bring on gas-guzzling monsters back in fray. Xterra was discontinued in 2014 due to its too-naive design which simply did not attract buyers. Also, SUVs have taken more compact urban shapes with no market demand for rugged ‘sports utility vehicles’ which they were supposed to be.
But with a renewed demand for serious off-roading vehicles, the 2017 Nissan Xterra looks to be on the cards with quite a few rumors being spread about its specs. Here’s a look at the latest ones as this model will obviously go through numerous modifications on the whole.
Only Jeep as a manufacturing brand can keep its old-school design mantra as that is just the brand value it has. But this did not and will not work for this 2017 Nissan Xterra. But the Japanese do can easily look to other models in its range to give this SUV a makeover.
Designers might not go for an urbane design like that in the Murano. Instead, keeping in mind that this SUVs’ allegiances lie off-road, a Titan-like rugged muscular design will obviously work well for this off-roader. Doing away with the simply mundane front fascia, a larger grille design with bulging front bumpers may come in.
Powerful wheel arches along with bodycreases are other probable design elements although reflecting the Xterra’s minimalist exterior DNA. The rear end really needs to be changed and amped rear lamps along with big rear bumpers are obvious modifications which this upcoming model will have.
And this model will be a 5-seater although there are other rumors that it might come as a 7-seater variant with a completely foldable 3rd row for luggage.
2017 Nissan Xterra Interior Modifications
Expect Nissan to make an in-cabin experience extremely value-for-money to woo buyers on considering this model above similar other ones from Jeep and Ford. Top trims will come with leather upholstery, metal or even wooden accents for an off-roads ambience and other added touches.
Infotainment specs will reflect top-of-the-line new gen add-ons which are simply considered as standard. Specs might include among others:
- 7” multi-infotainment touchscreen.
- Added Navigation with Voice Activation.
- 7/9 Speaker Audio along with Entune Premium Audio System option.
- Sirius XM.
- HD Radio.
- Power Adjustable Heated Front Seats.
- Dual/Tri-Zone Automatic Adjustable Climate Control etc.
Expected Powertrain Specs
There are quite a few engines which can fitted into this 2017 Nissan Xterra. And it will definitely not continue with the 4.0-liter naturally aspirated plant. A new 4.0-liter V6 might come up as the base engine for this model producing power specs at 260 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Further rumors are that a Nissan might give this model a powerful boost with the 5.6-liter V8 which powers the Titan although with certain added tweaks. Figures could run up to 380 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque.
6-Speed Auto and Manual transmissions are obvious and a both RWD and 4WD drivetrains will come with added off-roading techs.
Best EPA figures could be around 24/28 mpg for city/highway.
Competition and Pricing
Base trims might come in at $25,000 and $32,000. The only proper competitor against this 2017 Nissan Xterra in this range of true SUVs is the Jeep Wrangler with Range Rovers well beyond the price range.