The Terra is Nissan’s newest take on the body-on-frame segment. The newcomer is a no-frills sport utility vehicle based on the NP300 Navara. He was caught in front of the camera without any camouflage hiding his body from his eyes. And it looks like you would expect. The high-profile Nissan is a competitor to the L200-based Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and will replace the Paladin (aka Xterra) in China. It can accommodate up to seven passengers. The Chinese spec model shown with kind permission of auto.163.com is offered with a 2.5 liter four-cylinder, 183 hp naturally aspirated engine.
The automaker hasn’t confirmed whether the Terra will hit the US, and the prospect is even less likely considering the Frontier is derived from the previous-generation Navara. However, the Pathfinder is a unibody, so there is certainly room for the Terra in the USA
Sources close to Nissan suggest the replacement for the Frontier is on the way, though it’s hard to say whether the brand new pickup will arrive in time for the 2019 model year or later. What is certain is that the automaker will manufacture the newcomer in Mississippi alongside the larger Titan.
As for the Terra, it’s hard to say if Nissan can stand up for it in this part of the world. For the European market, there is the option of the SUV with the body on the frame receiving the Navara’s 2.3-liter dCi turbo-diesel engine, which is available in two states (160 and 190 hp) and with two transmissions: six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed automatic.
This particular segment of the body-on-frame relatives will welcome another new child in the shape of the Bronco 2020. Ford confirmed that it will be based on the 2019 Ranger for North America, and in all likelihood it will also be offered with seating for seven passengers. A Raptor version might also be available considering the Ranger Raptor is in the books.