In what can only be interpreted as another death knell for the overland-ready SUV, Nissan is expected to no longer offer the Xterra after the 2015 model year. For Nissan, the reasons to kill off the Xterra are simple enough. Sales numbers have dipped well below 20,000 units for 2014, a continued decline over the previous year. Perhaps most disconcerting is Nissan’s assertion that demand for capable off-road platforms is being usurped by desires for more fuel efficient and road-biased wagons and crossovers. That sentiment is being echoed by manufacturers across the board.
Further compounding the Xterra’s challenges were tightening emission and safety standards which would have required a comprehensive redesign. Like the now defunct Toyota FJ Cruiser, no plans have been made for a revised Xterra. It will only be replaced by an empty void and heightened demand for well-kept used models.