It was previously reported that Nissan is developing a new SUV based on the NP300 Navara pick-up truck, rumoured to be called the Xterra (or Paladin). Now, Headlightmag has leaked an image of the model, which is said to debut in China this year before making its way to Thailand in 2018.

As you can see, the Xterra’s styling differs substantially from the vehicle it is based on. Up front, there’s a more pronounced V-motion grille that is flanked by more shapely headlights. The bumper also gets its own unique shape that appears more “conservative” compared to the Navara. Even so, you can still spot Navara cues on the SUV, like with the bonnet and chrome side mirrors.

Moving rearwards, we can see the entire section beyond the front doors is new, with larger doors and more two more side windows. The increased cabin space should result in the Xterra being able to accommodate up to seven passengers.

The Xterra is expected to carry a 2.3 litre turbodiesel engine (190 hp/450 Nm), paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission, along with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive.

Additional engine options, including petrol ones, are likely when the SUV makes its way to other markets. The Xterra will compete against a list of other pick-up-based SUVs, which includes the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner.