Nissan Lineup Updated for 2016, Xterra SUV Discontinued
Several Nissan models receive mild tweaks.
Nissan today announced changes to its 2016 lineup, and perhaps the biggest news is that it won't include the Xterra. The automaker is officially discontinuing the SUV, which first went into production 15 years ago. At the same time, several other Nissan vehicles receive mild changes for the new model year.
The Xterra's demise isn't surprising. Sales of the SUV have declined, accounting for 8,114 units through July 2015, a 25-percent decrease from the same period last year. The current Xterra was introduced almost a decade ago and has carried on without any significant mechanical changes.
As to crossovers, the 2016 Nissan Rogue receives a few updates, including the addition of Forward Emergency Braking to the Rogue SL Premium Package. The Rogue SL now gets NissanConnect Services, while the Siri Eyes Free system is added to the Rogue SV Premium Package and Rogue SL. Finally, the Blind Spot Warning feature has been upgraded from a camera-based to a radar-based system.
The 2016 Nissan Sentra and Altima will be significantly updated, and changes to those models will be announced at a later time. The 2016 Maxima and Titan are all-new models, while updates to the GT-R have been previously announced. Nissan also says it will announce changes to the Leaf electric car and Armada SUV at a later date, signaling that those models will likewise receive more substantial changes.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Nissan 370Z coupe has been updated with an available Bose stereo system that includes Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement. Additionally, Deep Blue Pearl is offered as a new paint color that replaces Midnight Blue. The 2016 Nissan Versa sedan now gets standard color-matched power side-view mirrors, while the Versa S receives standard rear speakers. Meanwhile, the Versa Note SV gets more standard items like Nissan Connect with Mobile Apps, Bluetooth connectivity, and a RearView Monitor.
As was previously announced, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has been discontinued.
The Nissan Frontier, Murano, Quest, and NV200 are essentially unchanged for 2016.