Although there are better choices in the market, the new 2018 Nissan Xterra is one of the last truly capable off-road SUV thanks to its available manual transmission system, legitimate off-road prowess, innovative cargo features, and versatile interior chock full of latest technologies and comfort amenities. The Xterra release date should be expected sometime in the first half of next year.
With the advent of crossover SUVs that offer carlike driving manners, you might think truck-based utility vehicles are antiquated. You will be surprised especially if you pop into the newest Xterra for a ride. It continues with its reputation of embodying the adventurous spirit and traditional sense of classic body-on-frame design.
These designs are manifested via its formidable off-road prowess, low range gearing, and a fortified suspension system. Additionally, it offers nifty storage features, a simple yet functional interior, and abundant interior and cargo space.
On the downside, though. This is notable if you drive it side by side with a contemporary crossover. In all objectiveness, it seems rudimentary, even crude per se. the cabin is chock full of hard plastics that convey a sense of antiqueness. The ride quality is further dent a blow around turns as it feels rather clumsy. And its fuel economy lags behind other notable crossovers.
On the upside, though, we are particularly enthralled by the Xterra’s no-nonsense civility formula. Presently, there are very few traditional crossover SUVs still available in the market. But of the primary rival to the Xterra remains the Jeep Wrangler. While it’s a beast on dirt, it lags behind the rest in terms of safety, refinement, and on-road driving dynamics. Others include the Toyota 4Runner, the Subaru Forester, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the car-based Jeep Cherokee.
2018 Nissan Xterra Trim Options
The five-passenger, four-door Xterra is offered in three trims: X, S, and the Pro-4X. With the exception of the 4X4 Pro-4X trim model, the rest are offered with the option of either a RWD or a 4WD.
Exterior Images & 2018 Nissan Xterra Redesigned Interior
Standard accessories offered for the Xterra X trim model include a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, full power accessories, rear privacy glass, an auxiliary audio jack, rear-foldable 60/40-seat, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, roof rack side rails, a CD player, cloth upholstery, and 16” steel wheels.
Upgrading to the Xterra S trim model gets you Bluetooth streaming audio, a first aid kit, a driver seat with adjustable height and lumbar, hands-free texting, front tow hook, smartphone app integration, roof mounted gear basket, a navigation system, NissanConnect app integration, an “Easy Clean” washable cargo area, and a USB/iPod interface.
The Xterra Pro-4X tacks on 16” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fold-flat front passenger seat, a rearview camera, heated front seats, roof-mounted off-road driving lights, Bilstein shock absorbers, hill decent control, hill start assist, a locking rear differential, a nine-speaker Rockford Fostgate sound system, a navigation system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, roof rack crossbars, automatic headlights, and distinctive cloth upholstery.
2018 Nissan Xterra Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Under the hood of every 2018 Nissan Xterra is a 261 hp- and 281 lbs. ft. of torque – generating 4.0L diesel V6 engine. Standard on both the X and S trim levels is a RWD, but optionally available is four-wheel drive system with low-range gearing. As for the hard-core Pro-4X, Nissan has offered with a full-time all-wheel drive system.
Both the rear wheel drive Xterra S and X trim models are offered with an automatic transmission system and either a RWD or an AWD system, while the Pro-4X is offered with a standard six-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission system.
The 2018 Nissan Xterra 0-60 mph it’s estimated at 7.7 seconds with the 4WD versions.
When we come to the fuel economy, Nissan says we should expect the 4WD versions to return 15/20/17 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 16/22/18 mpg with the rear wheel drive models regardless of the transmission choice.
There Xterra towing capacity detail isn’t available as of this writing but sources say it will be available several weeks ahead of its release date.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 10.7 in. (178.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.8 in. (72.8 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 36.3 ft³
Curb weight: 4,359 lbs.
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 7.7 sec
MPG: 16/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Lava Red, Metallic Blue, Night Armor, SolarFlare Yellow, Super Black…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs
2018 Nissan Xterra Release Date & Price
The Xterra SUV price starts from an MSRP of $23,660. As for when they will be offered for sale, credible sources allege the vehicle will be offered sometime in the first half of next year.
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