Nissan to axe Xterra after 2015 model year?

The ten-year old Xterra may not be long for this world.

A new report finds that Nissan will deep-six the Xterra SUV at the end of the 2015 model year.

An anonymous inside source explained to Edmunds that the ten-year old Xterra is being axed because it won't comply with the strict safety and emissions regulations that are scheduled to come into effect in 2016. The automaker has reportedly ruled out updating the body-on-frame SUV because sales have been gradually declining in recent years as buyers shift to more fuel-efficient car-based crossovers.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser - one of the Xterra's arch rivals for years - was phased out from the United States after the 2014 model year but it is still on sale in a handful of markets around the globe including Japan, Australia and Mexico. Whether or not the Xterra, which is built in Mississippi, will stick around for a few more years abroad is up in the air.

We've reached out to Nissan for comments on the fate of the Xterra and we'll update this story as soon as we hear back.

If the rumor turns out to be true, look for Nissan to officially announce the Xterra's demise in the coming months. At the time of writing Nissan is not believed to be working on a direct successor to the off-roader.

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