Nissan Introduces Its New Body-on-Frame SUV

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Nissan Terra has been officially introduced, but full details won’t come until April.

Images of the Nissan Terra leaked late last year, and it’s an all-new frame-based SUV that will go on sale in China this spring. It’s the first vehicle from Nissan’s frame and LCV division to launch under the company’s midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022. The division is made up of frame SUVs, pickups, vans, and light-duty trucks, with the goal of increasing sales by more than 40 percent by 2022. Nissan says currently one in every six Nissan vehicles sold globally is a frame-based vehicle or an LCV.

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Unfortunately more information about the Nissan Terra won’t be released until April when it premieres in China, where it will go on sale first. Following China, it will head to other Asian markets, and currently there’s no official word if it will head to North America.

The Terra replaces the Paladin in China, which is known as the Xterra in other markets. It rides on the same underpinnings as the NP300 Navara truck and it could fit in Nissan’s North American lineup as a seven-seater offering.

The Xterra hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 2015, but given the growth of the crossover and SUV markets, don’t be surprised if Nissan decides to revive the nameplate.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Fuckyouthatsmyname Fuckyouthatsmyname on Feb 27, 2018

    That's fucking ugly.

  • Diwa Alejandro Galvez Diwa Alejandro Galvez on Feb 28, 2018

    These types of SUVs are very bare-bones for the American market. Here in Asia, we value these diesel-fed SUVs and MPVs because we have terrible roads, terrible traffic and cheaper diesel compared to petrol. We also don't value creature comfort that much. Otherwise, there would be more Honda Pilots or Ford Explorers than Everests, Fortuners or Montero Sports.