NEW FOR 2009:

– Redesigned front end, wheels, and new seat materials and colours
– Simplified optional trim equipment packages
– Off-Road model adds new roof-mounted off-road lights
– Exterior colours: Ink Blue and Carmine added

For 2009, the Nissan Xterra receives a minor facelift, with a new grille shape and colour, new front bumper fascia, and on the Off-Road model, built-in off-road lights on the roof rack air dam.

Based on the F-Alpha platform that it shares with the Nissan Titan and Armada, the Xterra uses a 4.0-litre V6 engine. The S and Off-Road trim lines come with a six-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a five-speed automatic; the SE uses the automatic exclusively. All models feature four-wheel drive with a switch-operated, two-speed transfer case.

Features on the S include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, tubular roof rack with covered gear box, crossbars and air dam, tubular step rails, rear bumper steps, front tow hook, heated mirrors, privacy glass, tire pressure monitoring system, power windows with auto-down driver’s side, power locks with keyless entry, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper, cargo net, cargo channel system with tie-downs, first-aid kit, cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and CD stereo.

The Off-Road adds fog lights, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, fold-flat front passenger seat, leather-wrapped wheel, and six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and wheel-mounted audio controls. Also unique to the Off-Road trim line are electronic locking rear differential, Bilstein off-road performance shock absorbers, roof-rack-mounted off-road lights, and skid plates, and does not have tubular side rails.

The S adds 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colour mirrors and door handles, satin chrome front grille and lower bumper, trip computer, and XM satellite radio.

With its body-on-frame and off-road ability – including a model specifically for the purpose – the Xterra allows drivers to get far off the beaten track but without the bulk of its Armada cousin. The gentle facelift builds on its rugged appearance and the new integrated off-road lights add a popular add-on already wired and ready to go.

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