Nissan discontinues Xterra for 2016 model year
As expected, Nissan will discontinued the Xterra SUV at the end of the 2015 model year.
The move was quietly confirmed by a recent announcement detailing Nissan’s 2016 lineup, which omits the decade-old SUV. The departure follows the rival FJ Cruiser‘s removal from Toyota‘s US-market high-riding lineup after the 2014 model year.
“Xterra, one of the boldly designed vehicles that helped reinvigorate the Nissan brand at the beginning of the century, will go out of production after a highly successful 15-year run,” the company notes.
Previous reports suggest the current Xterra is not compliant with the government’s elevated safety regulations for the 2016 model year, forcing the company to retire or redesign the SUV.
Xterra sales experienced a slight revival in July with sales up by 11.5 percent compared to the same month last year, however collective deliveries in the first seven months of the year fell by more than 25 percent.
Despite the rising popularity of SUVs in the US market, Nissan has not confirmed any intention to develop a direct successor to the Xterra. It is unclear if the company has made progress in its quest to find development partners to share costs.