From the iconic roof rack with integrated gearbox and the PRO-4X model's rack-mounted off-road lights, to the highly functional cargo area with available Utili-Track channel system, the 2015 Nissan Xterra is designed to help outdoor enthusiast "attack life" wherever they go.
More than just the means to an endpoint, whether mountain bike trail or secret surf spot, Xterra also provides the equipment and features – including NissanConnect℠ with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Rockford Fosgate® 8-speaker audio system and heated front seats – to make the journey itself equally enjoyable.
For 2015, the Xterra S grade adds NissanConnect℠ with Mobile Apps, 5.0-inch color audio display, USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). In addition, a new SolarFlare Yellow exterior color (late availability).
The 2015 Nissan Xterra is offered in Xterra X (4x4 and 4x2), Xterra S (4x4 and 4x2) and PRO-4X (4x4 only). All models are equipped with an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine, with a choice of 6-speed manual (S 4x4 and PRO-4X 4x4 only) or 5-speed automatic transmissions.
Signature Xterra Exterior, Flexible Adventure-Ready Interior
Staying true to the original breakthrough Xterra design concept of offering drivers "everything you need and nothing you don't," the 2015 Xterra combines its signature bold exterior styling with a spacious, adventure-ready interior.
The exterior design includes large flared fenders, a powerful-looking hood and headlights, Nissan SUV-style angled strut grille, a versatile roof rack with latchable lid and a rear bumper design with side steps for easy access to the roof rack. Roof-mounted off-road lights, built into the roof rack air dam, are standard on PRO-4X models, along with cargo gearbox and 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy off-road wheels.
Xterra's long wheelbase helps provide a smooth ride and ample interior room, yet its overall length is highly manageable due to the short front overhang – helping to enhance maneuverability in off-road hill climbing and trail situations.
The 2015 Xterra is offered in eight available exterior colors: Glacier White, Cayenne Red, Metallic Blue, Brilliant Silver, Night Armor, Super Black, Lava Red and SolarFlare Yellow (late availability).
Inside the unmistakable Xterra exterior is an equally distinct "multi-flex" interior with room enough for up to five adults and their gear, with ample legroom, headroom and cargo room.
Standard interior features include sporty reclining front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding stadium-style rear seat with removable seat bottom cushions that creates added utility for hauling long recreational gear. Other standard equipment includes dual front and rear 20-ounce cupholders, power windows, power locks, Remote Keyless Entry and cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls.
All Xterra PRO-4X models feature unique seat cloth and white contrasting stitching, with leather-appointed seating available as part of the PRO-4X Leather Package (automatic transmission only). Xterra's versatile cargo area is highlighted by an available Easy Clean Surface and a total of 10 cargo area utility hooks – six on the floor/sides and four on the ceiling (floor hooks can carry up to 110 pounds each).
There is also an available built-in first-aid kit and space to securely carry jugs up to a one-gallon size. Securing bike racks and other accessories or gear is made easier with an available adjustable channel system in the cargo floor, similar in design to the Utili-track® system offered on the Nissan Titan and Frontier pickups (standard on S and PRO-4X models).
Xterra also offers a few necessary amenities to make any adventure a little more enjoyable, including standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and an available premium Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with eight speakers and subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, MP3/WMA capability plus aux-in jack. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on S and PRO-4X models (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).
A Rugged, Truck-Based Platform
Backing up Xterra's aggressive appearance and durable interior is a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame shared with the Nissan Titan pickup and Armada SUV. The rugged suspension features a steel double-wishbone front and solid axle leaf spring rear design, with stabilizer bars front and rear. Xterra PRO-4X models offer Bilstein® high-performance gas shocks, a rear tire deflector and skid plates covering the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case.
Powering Xterra is a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. The engine includes such advanced design features as lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads, Continuous Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain and microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces.
Other engine features include Teflon®-coated pistons, resin intake manifold, digital knock control system and high capacity muffler. The engine's Electronic Throttle Control system includes secondary mapping in 4LO (4WD models).
Two advanced transmissions are offered: an available electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission, with an emphasis on acceleration, fuel economy and shift quality, or a 6-speed manual transmission tuned for driving performance and fuel economy.
Xterra is offered in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. Xterra 4x4 models feature a part-time 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes and electronically controlled transfer case. Xterra PRO-4X models include two advanced off-road technologies – Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (automatic transmission only) – as well as an electronic locking rear differential.
Other driveline components include engine speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Wheel and tire packages include 16-inch steel wheels for Xterra X models and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on Xterra S models. Both are mounted with 265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires. Xterra PRO-4X models feature 6-spoke 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with All-Terrain tires.
Xterra's list of safety features and equipment includes Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor), driver and front passenger seat-mounted, side-impact supplemental air bags and 3-point front/rear seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors. All Xterra models also come with standard roof-mounted, curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for improved front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection. Additional standard equipment includes the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Three Available Models
The 2015 Nissan Xterra is offered in X, S and PRO-4X grade levels, making it easy for buyers to determine the exact Xterra model for their particular needs and lifestyles. The PRO-4X model is available in 4-wheel drive only, while the X and S are offered in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The entry-level Xterra X grade, available with a 5-speed automatic transmission only, offers a long list of standard features – including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), power windows and locks, Remote Keyless Entry, cruise control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, 60/40 split fold-down 2nd row seat and Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS).
The Xterra S adds 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with BFGoodrich Long Trail tires, driver's seat lumbar support, Easy Clean 2nd row seatback and cargo area and C-Channel cargo floor with four moveable hooks and front tow hook (4x4). Other standard Xterra S equipment includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), dual power outside mirrors, cargo gear basket (4x4 only), first aid kit and, for the first time, NissanConnect℠ with Mobile Apps.
Xterra PRO-4X models feature Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights in the air dam, silver headlight inner color, auto on/off headlights, black bodyside molding, unique gray/white cloth seat fabric with special embroidery, outside temperature display in rearview mirror, PRO-4X badge on tailgate, RearView Monitor and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
Unique PRO-4X performance equipment includes 265/75R16 All-Terrain tires, rugged 16-inch wheels, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (automatic transmission only), electronic locking rear differential, high performance Bilstein® gas-filled shocks and oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case skid plates.
All PRO-4X models also include standard NissanConnect℠ with Navigation and Mobile Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android. The navigation system also includes a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel LinkTM (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates and weather), SiriusXM Weather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and audio voice recognition.
Topping off the PRO-4X features list is a Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with CD changer, 8 speakers and subwoofer, steering wheel audio controls and auxiliary input.
One option is available: the PRO-4X Leather Package with leather-appointed seating surfaces and passenger seat back pocket.
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