Nissan Introduces ’05 Xterra at NY Show

April 16, 2004
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The 2005 Xterra made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show this month.
Improvements were made in power, driveability, smoother on-road dynamics, more interior
space and cargo versatility, and greater off-road performance. The wheelbase has been
extended two full inches for a smoother ride and greater interior room, yet the overall
length is only two-tenths of an inch longer. Width has also been increased by 2.5 inches,
while height has increased 1.9 inches. Powering the new Xterra is a standard 4.0-liter DOHC
V-6, rated at 250-plus hp and 270-plus lb-ft torque. Two transmissions are available. The
new electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission is based on the
transmission used in the 350Z, modified for use in truck applications. Also available is a
six-speed manual transmission. Like the previous generation, the new Xterra is offered in
4WD or 2WD configurations. The part-time 4WD system includes 2WD/4H/4LO modes and
electronically controlled transfer case. A Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is also
available, along with other advanced off-road capabilities. Other driveline goodies include
engine speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes
with ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD). Available wheels and tires include
up to 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires. The 2005 Xterra will be offered in a choice of
models: S, Off-Road and SE. Each is offered with standard 4.0-liter V-6 and a choice of
manual or automatic transmissions and in 4WD or 2WD configurations. It goes on sale at
Nissan dealers nationwide in early 2005.

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