Nissan has just launched the 2021 Terra in the Middle East, the latest vehicle to debut in its lineup. Yes, it says X-Terra on the plate and badges, but it is essentially the Terra for the region.

It's not a new name either since the X-Terra name has been previously used for the North American market. But enough with the name; let's talk about the changes between the current-generation Terra (still sold locally) and this new one.

 Nissan X-Terra image
Nissan Terra image

When it comes to its design, the changes on the 2021 Terra (or X-Terra) are quite extensive. It hardly resembles the pre-facelift version still being sold locally. The new front end now looks like that of the updated Patrol. Don't believe us? We made a comparison that you can check out here. It gets new quad-projector LED headlights, a larger front grille and a revised front bumper. There's new sheet metal too as the hood and fenders are all-new as well.

 Nissan X-Terra image
Nissan Terra image

Side to side, the changes are a lot less obvious. Aside from the redesigned wheels, the only other visible difference would be the addition of a fender trim on the updated model. If we're nitpicking, the antenna was replaced with a new “shark-fin” design as opposed to a more traditional pole.

 Nissan X-Terra image
Nissan Terra image

Similar to the front, the major design changes are carried over to the rear. The redesigned taillights are more angular and feature LED strips which further distinguish them from the model currently in our showrooms. To match the redesigned body, the tailgate has a more sculpted look. It also gets a new chrome trim piece that connects the taillights. Meanwhile, the rear bumper gets new silver accents instead of the black cladding, and the reflectors moved down.

 Nissan X-Terra image
Nissan Terra image

Inside, Nissan changed things up too as it is no longer an exact copy of the Navara's dashboard. The overall shape itself is different along with the aircon vents, center console, and gauge cluster housing. The steering wheel is all-new too, akin to more modern Nissan models. Though we're not too sure if it's exclusive to the Middle East models, the infotainment system appears to be larger as well.

Under the hood, the X-Terra is only available with one engine. It uses a 2.5-liter gasoline inline-four that produces 165 PS with 241 Nm torque and is paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Does this mean that the Terra will no longer be available with a diesel? Not so. The diesel engines will likely be available in the ASEAN region, including the Philippines.

Do you like all the changes on the 2021 X-Terra/Terra? Or, do you prefer the looks of the current model in our showrooms today? Let us know in the comments below.