[UPDATE: Nissan SA has confirmed a local launch is planned for 2021. More info here...]

Nissan has revealed its refreshed X-Terra, a seven-seater Navara-based SUV that seems very likely to be offered in South Africa.

While the pre-facelift model was simply called “Terra”, this updated version gains the “X” prefix (reviving a badge the Japanese brand last used – albeit without a hyphen – in 2015) in the Middle East, along with a Patrol-inspired front-end design. Inside, Nissan says it has used “comfortable soft-touch materials”, while also upgrading to a nine-inch touchscreen display.

The X-Terra will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Isuzu MU-X, and (locally, at least) could be considered the spiritual successor to the Pathfinder.

In July 2020, Kabelo Rabotho, Nissan South Africa’s marketing director, suggested the ladder-frame SUV was very much under consideration for a local introduction. The following month, Liz Gorbunov, general manager and chief marketing manager for LCVs and SUVs at Nissan SA, suggested to CARmag.co.za the model was being lined up to fill a “gap” in the firm’s local portfolio. It's not yet clear whether the newcomer will wear the Terra or X-Terra badge locally.

In the Middle East, where the refreshed model was revealed, the X-Terra is powered by a naturally aspirated 2,5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, generating 165 kW and 241 N.m. It is offered in both rear- and all-wheel-drive form, shipping standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

We’d speculate the SA-spec version will employ the 140 kW twin-turbo 2,3-litre, four-cylinder diesel unit from the facelifted Navara bakkie. Whether it ends up being imported or built alongside the Navara at Nissan SA’s Rosslyn plant remains to be seen.

When it was revealed in China back in April 2018, the Terra was powered by a petrol engine and featured five seats. The following month, the Japanese automaker confirmed the body-on-frame SUV would also be built (for South East Asia, at least) with a 2,5-litre turbodiesel engine and seven seats.

Then, in August of that year, the Terra was launched in Thailand, featuring the aforementioned 2,3-litre diesel engine from the Navara, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It subsequently earned a five-star safety rating from ASEAN NCAP.