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2021 Nissan X-Terra detailed: Navara-based SUV scores new look to go toe-to-toe with Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X

The new Nissan X-Terra is based on the Navara ute, but it won’t make it to local showrooms.

Nissan has shown off its updated Navara-based SUV, now called X-Terra, for the Middle East, but are there any plans to bring it to Australia to take on the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X?

A ute-based SUV could slot in between the Pathfinder and Patrol in Australia, and eat into the sales of the market leading MU-X (5340 sales to the end of October this year), but according to Nissan Australia, “there are no current plans” to bring the X-Terra to local showrooms despite sharing the same underpinnings as Navara.

For 2021, the X-Terra wears a new front fascia with a fresh grille and headlights, which deviates even from the 2021 Navara it is based.

A horizonal-slat design flanked by thick chrome accents informs the face, while a prominent contrasting bash plate and moulded bumper also contribute to making the X-Terra look much more like a standalone model.

The rear of the X-Terra is also updated with fresh tail-lights and a new chrome strip that is positioned above the Nissan badge, but inside the large SUV still boasts enough room to seat seven.

However, like the exterior, the cabin also moves away from its light-commercial vehicle (LCV) underpinnings with new equipment including an Android Auto/Apple CarPlay-compatible 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, revised climate controls and passenger car-like steering wheel.

Second- and third-row passengers are also catered for with airvents, armrests, a roof-mounted fold-out 11.0-inch media screen with HDMI input and cupholders galore.

Powering the Middle Eastern X-Terra is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 123kW/241Nm, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Though the South-East Asian Terra is yet to be updated, it can be had with a 140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine familiar to Australian Navara owners.

With Navara underpinnings though, four-wheel-drive (4WD) versions of the X-Terra boasts two-wheel drive (2WD), four-high and four-low options for when the blacktop turns to sand, mud or rocky terrain.

An electronic locking rear differential, limited-slip differential, hill descent control and hill-start assist are also included in higher-spec X-Terra vehicles, though 2WD grades are on offer.

Nissan also includes its Intelligent Mobility suite on the X-Terra, which includes forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, driver attention alert and a surround-view monitor.