Previously known as the Paladin, the model pictured shows Chinese inscriptions on the bootlid opposite the name Terra, likely a nod the iconic Terrano and Xterra models.
As previously reported, Nissan's long awaited seven-seat rival to the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Ford Everest will use the same body-on-frame platform as the Navara, and more than likely the same 2.3-litre diesel engine in single and twin-turbocharged configurations. For the Chinese market though, the Terra will come powered by a 2.5-litre petrol making 137 kW.
Reportedly measuring 4 882 m in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 850 mm, height of 1 835 mm and width of 1 850 mm, the Terra will have the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic, with a choice of rear or four-wheel drive.
As Nissan continues to produce the Xterra in China badged as the Paladin, it remains to be seen whether the Terra name will be used for global models, or indeed see the revival of the Terrano name which since 2013 has adorned a rebadged versions of the Renault Duster in India.
Another likely bet is that Nissan could opt for the Pathfinder name, although this remains to be seen as the current unibody R52 model, which replaced the Navara-based R51 globally back in 2012, is still on sale in both North America and Australia.
Preliminary reports have alleged that the Terra will make its world debut at Beijing Motor Show in April next year.