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2012 Nissan Xterra: At a Glance (Press Release)

2012 Nissan Xterra: At a Glance

The adventure-ready Nissan Xterra continues in the 2012 model year to combine power, utility, value and authenticity – inspiring and facilitating outdoor enthusiasts to “attack life” wherever they go. Xterra’s distinct “multi-flex” interior provides an abundance of useable space, storage and convenience features – including an available Easy Clean cargo area, Utili-Track® cargo carrying system, tie-down channel system, 10 cargo hooks and an available built-in first-aid kit. The changes for the 2012 model year include two new exterior colors: Metallic Blue and Brilliant Silver.

The 2012 Xterra is available in three well-equipped models – X, S, and PRO-4X, making it easy for buyers to determine the exact Xterra model for their particular needs and lifestyles.

All Xterra models feature an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, along with a rugged “F-Alpha” truck platform for adventure-ready performance. The “F-Alpha” platform is shared with the full-size Nissan Titan pickup and Armada SUV. Xterra is available with a choice of 6-speed manual (S 4×4 and PRO-4X 4×4 only) or 5-speed automatic transmissions, and in a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.

While maintaining its tough gear positioning, the 2012 Xterra also offers a range of advanced technologies, including Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with subwoofer.

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan Xterra include:


  • Rugged exterior design, long wheelbase and short overhangs
  • Integrated front bumper, aggressive geometric fenders
  • Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights for PRO-4X model (built-in on roof rack air dam)
  • Large, powerful looking hood and headlights
  • Highly functional roof rack with lid
  • Available gear basket (standard on PRO-4X and S 4×4))
  • Available roof rack crossbars (standard on PRO-4X)
  • Available side running boards
  • Rear bumper with side steps
  • Seven available exterior colors – new for 2012 Metallic Blue and Brilliant Silver and carryover colors Night Armor, Super Black, Avalanche, Lava Red and Metallic Green

Engine and Driveline

  • 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque
  • Aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, Teflon®-coated pistons, Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), Continuous Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), silent two-stage timing chain
  • Choice of 5-speed electronically controlled automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions
  • Available 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes and an electronically controlled part-time transfer case
  • Available advanced off-road traction systems, including Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist on 4WD automatic transmission-equipped PRO-4X models

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Independent all-steel double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Solid axle leaf spring rear suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Bilstein high-performance gas shocks (PRO-4X model)
  • Power-assisted engine-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
  • 16-inch steel wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (X models)
  • 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (S models)
  • 6-spoke 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy off-road style wheels with P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires (PRO-4X models)
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Available oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case skid plates (PRO-4X models)

Interior Features

  • Distinctive “multi-flex” interior with thoughtful cargo area and comfortable interior space
  • Unique seat cloth for PRO-4X models
  • Optional Graphite leather-appointed seating for PRO-4X models with embroidered logo (AT only)
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat (X models) or 8-way adjustable driver’s seat (S and PRO-4X models)
  • Standard 3-passenger, split fold-down 60/40 stadium-style rear bench seat
  • Available fold-down front passenger seat with back board (PRO-4X models)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (PRO-4X models)
  • Available leather shift knobs with red contrast stitching
  • Large center console, double-deck glove compartment, additional storage compartments
  • Glove box lock, light and damper on all models; three 12V power outlets
  • Standard auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass (PRO-4X models)
  • Standard Easy Clean Cargo Area surface with flat cargo floor (S, PRO-4X)
  • Standard cargo area channel system, which allows flexibility in securing large items (S, PRO-4X)
  • Standard Remote Keyless Entry, power door locks, mirrors and windows
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with subwoofer, 6CD in-dash autochanger, MP3/WMA playback, aux-in jack and steering wheel audio controls (PRO-4X)
  • Available XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) (PRO-4X 5AT)
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System (PRO-4X)
  • Standard immobilizer with vehicle security system and alarm

Safety and Security

  • 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
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • 3-point front/rear seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in 2WD and 4WD drive configurations in choice of X, S and PRO-4X (4WD only) trim levels
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant

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