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At a Glance: 2009 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra, created as tough, essential gear designed to inspire and facilitate outdoor enthusiasts’ activities wherever they go, receives a number of enhancements for the 2009 model year – including a redesigned front end appearance, new Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights (Off-Road model only), new wheel designs, new seat materials and colors (with leather-appointed seats standard on SE models), new trim level content and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear seat occupant head protection.

The changes to the second generation Xterra enhance the differentiation between the four available Xterra models – X, S, Off-Road and SE – making it easier for buyers to determine the exact Xterra model for their particular needs and lifestyle.  Optional equipment packages have also been simplified with two packages – Technology Package and X Gear Package – offered for 2009.

For a limited time, beginning at the 2009 Xterra’s sales launch in July 2008, the contents of the Technology Package – including an advanced Rockford Fosgate® audio system, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately, automatic transmission models only), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and more – will be provided at no charge with every 2009 Xterra S, Off-Road or SE.

All 2009 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 or 5-speed automatic transmissions and in a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.

Staying true to the original Xterra design concept of offering drivers “everything you need, and nothing you don’t,” Xterra provides a distinct “multi-flex” interior with an abundance of useable space, storage and convenience features – including an available Easy Clean cargo area, a tie-down channel system similar to the Utili-track™ system on the Titan and Frontier, 10 cargo hooks and a built-in first-aid kit.

While maintaining its “authentic” tough gear positioning, the 2009 Xterra also offers a range of advanced technologies, including Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio and an 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate® audio system with subwoofer. 

Highlights of the 2009 Nissan Xterra include: 

  • Rugged exterior design, long wheelbase and short overhangs
  • New grille shape and color (Satin Chrome on SE, Sandblast Aluminum on X. S and Off-Road models), new front bumper fascia, body colored molding design (SE), new black headlight inner color (X, S), new side step and roof rail color (Sandblast Aluminum) 
  • Integrated front bumper, aggressive geometric fenders
  • New Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights for Off-Road model only (built-in on roof rack air dam) 
  • Large, powerful looking hood and headlights
  • Highly functional roof rack with lid
  • Available side running boards
  • Rear bumper with side steps
  • Body-colored outside mirrors and door handles on SE 
  • New 4x4 badge (tailgate) for 4-wheel drive models
  • Two new exterior colors (nine total colors available) – Navy Blue and Red Brick
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 Off-Road 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 (Off-Road model)
  • Power-assisted engine-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
  • 16-inch steel wheels with P265/70R16 tires (X models), new 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (S models)
  • New 6-spoke 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy off-road style wheels with P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires (Off-Road models)
  • New 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/65R17 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (SE 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 plate (Off-Road models)
Interior Features
  • Distinct “multi-flex” interior with thoughtful cargo area and comfortable interior space
  • New seat cloth for X and S models, new unique seat cloth for Off-Road models
  • New available leather-appointed seating for SE models  
  • New instrument cluster center cluster design with revised shape and color and new HVAC controls (S, Off-Road, SE)
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat (X models) or 8-way adjustable driver’s seat S, Off-Road and SE models)
  • Standard 3-passenger, split fold-down 60/40 stadium-style rear bench seat
  • Available fold-down front passenger seat with back board (SE and Off-Road models) 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (Off Road, SE models) 
  • Large center console, double-deck glove compartment, additional storage compartments
  • Glove box lock, light and damper on all models; three 12V power outlets
  • Available auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass (Off-Road, SE models)
  • Available Easy Clean Cargo Area surface with flat cargo floor (S, Off-Road, SE)
  • Available cargo area channel system, which allows flexibility in securing large items (S, Off-Road, SE)
  • Standard Remote Keyless Entry, power door locks, mirrors and windows
  • Standard cruise control
  • Available 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system with subwoofer, 6CD in-dash autochanger, MP3/WMA playback, aux-in jack and steering wheel audio controls (Technology Package)
  • Available XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) (Technology Package)
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System (Technology Package)
  • 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 and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front passenger 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, SE and Off-Road (4WD only) trim levels
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant

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