North America Inc. announces a bevy of enhancements, including new front fascias, for the â€™09 Xterra SUV and Frontier small pickup.
The refreshenings come as sales of the two models have been slipping. In May, Xterra deliveries were off 45.0% to 1,914 units vs. year-ago, while Frontier deliveries tumbled 33.0% to 4,119 units, Wardâ€™s data shows. Year-to-date, Xterra and Frontier sales are off 36.2% and 25.3%, respectively.
For â€™09, the shape of the Xterraâ€™s grille and front bumper have been modified, delivering a designsays is â€śeverything you need, and nothing you donâ€™t.â€ť
Two new grille treatments also are added â€“ a sandblast aluminum finish for the X, S, and Off-Road models and satin chrome finish for the SE version.
SE models also receive a redesigned body colored side-molding treatment, while X and S variations get a new black headlight inner housing.
Other exterior upgrades include off-road lights built into the roof rack air dam, standard on Off-Road models.
The Xterraâ€™s interior receives a mild upgrade for â€™09, including a new center instrument panel with a revised fascia, revamped climate-control switches and new fabric.
All â€™09 Xterras are powered by a 4.0L V-6 rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. (381 Nm) of torque.
The â€™09 Nissan Frontier also gets a restyled front fascia and grille design, as well as new headlights. LE models now will come with 18-in. aluminum wheels, while SE variations boast 16-in. aluminum wheels and PRO-4X models receive machine-finished aluminum wheels.
The King Cab 4X2 gets a 2.5L 4-cyl. mill producing 152 hp and 171 lb.-ft. (231 Nm) of torque. All other Frontiers are powered by the same 4.0L V-6 found in the Xterra.
Both the â€™09 Xterra and Frontier are slated to hit dealerships in July.