The redesigned 2018 Nissan Xterra is one of the last truly capable off-road Sports Utility Vehicle. Its pros include an available manual transmission system, a legitimate off-road prowess, and innovative cargo features and versatile interior. Long are the days gone when crossover SUVs were only meant for rough surfaces and towing duties, nowadays shoppers only look for SUVs that offer smooth ride and handle and feel like cars. Its release date isn’t known yet but we expect the details to start streaming in the coming weeks.
However the new and redesigned Xterra for 2018 soldiers on as a traditional SUV that embodies the body-on-frame classic design and the adventurous spirit of modern capabilities. It derives its formidable off-roading ability through a high ground clearance, an available AWD, and a fortified suspension system. Additionally, it comes with a functional interior equipped with spacious cargo and passenger space, and nifty storage features.
The ageing 2018 Nissan Xterra seems rudimentary, even crude when you drive it back to back with a modern crossover. However, it’s clumsy when driven around turns, and one doesn’t need to be told twice to notice the extensive use of plastic surfaces in the cabin. Another downside to the Xterra is the lackluster fuel economy ratings that make it lag behind others in the segment.
Others include an awkward on-road handling, outdated interior and exterior designs, and lackluster transmission system. Still, only a handful of crossovers available can beat the off-roading capabilities of the 2018 Nissan Xterra. Some of the formidable alternatives include 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and 2018 Toyota 4Runner.
Interior Spy Photos & Exterior Images – 2018 Nissan Xterra Concept
News allege that the redesigned 2018 Nissan Xterra is available in three trims: X, S, and Pro-4X trim.
The entry-level 2018 Nissan Xterra X comes standard with Bluetooth audio and phone coactivity, roof rack side rails, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, unique interior accessories, rear privacy glass, an auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, 16” wheels, a tilt-only steering wheel, air-conditioning, and cloth upholstery.
Stepping up to the 2018 Nissan Xterra S gets you a 5” central display, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, adjustable height and lumbar, roof mounted gear basket, a hand-free messaging, an iPod/USB interface, washable cargo area, 16” wheels, and a first aid kit.
Picking the hardcore 2018 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X gets you fold-flat front passenger seat, a nine-speaker sound system, roof rack crossbars, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, 16” alloy wheels, distinctive cloth upholstery, hill start assist, an electronic locking gear differential, a built-in compass, of-road driving lights, skid plates, and off-road tires.
Some of the Pro-4X features are available on the lower trims as options grouped in packages. These packages come bundled with LED headlights, unique interior colors, daytime running lights, and taillights, exterior heated mirrors, configurable passenger seat, leather upholstery, unique interior carpeting, and automatic headlights.
Engine Specs Review – 2018 Nissan Xterra
A 4.0L diesel V6 engine powers the needs of all 2018 Nissan Xterras. The engine generates 261 hp and 281 pound of torque. Both the 8-speed automatic transmission system and RWD are provided as standard features. The Pro-4X comes standard with a 4WD system.
During our performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Xterra 4WD was able to clock 60 mph in just 7.7 seconds, which is the average for the segment particularly those with a V6 powerplant.
As per the EPA ratings, expect the RWD 2018 Nissan Xterra to return fuel economy ratings of 16/22/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 15/20/17 mpg for the 4WD regardless of the choice of transmission system.
Safety wise, expect hill-start assist, stability and traction control, hill-descent control, front seat side airbags, antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, side-impact crash test scores, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross monitoring, and lane assist.
Price & 2018 Nissan Xterra Release Date
So many rumors are going rounds on the internet regarding when the Xterra is set to be released as well as its price. That said, we should expect the vehicle to go for sale mid-next year though an earlier date cannot be overruled. As for the price, the 2018 model isn’t expected to come with any significant price increments over the previous model. Buyers should expect an MSRP starting from $24,670 for the 2018 Nissan Xterra X trim.