The future of Nissan’s Xterra SUV is apparently up in the air as the Japanese automaker is unsure as to whether or not a replacement is due. The current Xterra has been with us since 2005 and has been thorough proof that the automaker is just as capable of producing an off-roader as any other. Though poor fuel economy and slow sales has threatened its future as the market biases towards fuel-efficient, car-like SUV crossovers.
Even then, at this point, the Xterra can also be viewed as an enthusiast off-roader—much like Toyota’s FJ Cruiser. That too, along with the 4Runner, are geared towards the niche crowd. The Xterra could follow suit.
But Nissan’s Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning for Nissan Americas, said the Xterra is exclusive to the US and justifying the cost to produce such a special car could be hardly convincing. There are plans for a replacement, but the likeliness of them succeeding are grim, according to Loing. A decision will be made either way in six months to a year.