In India there is huge demand for small SUVs, more and more car manufacturers are entering the compact SUV segment of the auto industry. Just yesterday, Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled their 4th car in India after the Micra, Sunny, and Evalia, the Terrano in Mumbai yesterday. With this offering is the company entry’s into compact SUV segment in the Indian auto industry.
The Terrano SUV is basically the Renault Duster with cosmetic changes, but seeks to give more to the SUV buyer by going a step further from simple re-badging. Nissan has first used Terrano moniker in 1986, since than the world has seen three previous generations of the Terrano. But India will get the fourth generation version in the form of the Duster based model.
The cosmetic changes to the exterior and the interior of the Terrano, includes an all-new front end, a new hatch lid and also various sheet metal changes to differentiate the Terrano’s design from that of the Duster. However, the Terrano does retain the overall shape and profile of the Duster, including the pronounced wheel arches. The SUV also rides on 16” inch alloy wheels that feature a new design.
Inside the cabin, the Terrano comes with new interiors that seem to exude better quality that those of the Duster. Beige finish for the upholstery and the dashboard, along with wood inserts on the door and center console trims make the Terrano’s interiors seem more premium than those of the Duster. Other changes include a new steering wheel, a new music system and rectangular air conditioning vents.
Mechanically, the Terrano remains untouched which is actually a good thing since the Duster is such a well-engineered product. Two engines are on offer – the 1.6-litre petrol that makes 104PS and 145 Nm of torque while the 1.5-litre K9K diesel is offered with two output options – 85PS/200Nm or 110PS/248Nm. Nissan Terrano will be available in six shades: Fire Red, Sterling Grey, Blade Silver, Sapphire Black, Pearl White and Bronze Grey colors.
Nissan Terrano will be priced higher than the Duster, but will come in with significant exterior and interior updates which should work in its favor. It will be available in four variants most probably which includes XL, XL(O), XV and XV Premium. Buyers can pre-book their Nissan Terrano from 1st September onward at a price below Rs 10 lakh. Expect the car to go on-sale in October.
How come the Nissan version costlier than Renault? It was an agreement between Renault-Nissan that when Renault badge engineers a Nissan car, the Renault version has to be priced higher than its Nissan donor and vice versa. You can see the Micra and Sunny, it’s cheaper than its badge-engineered compatriot, the Pulse and Scala. Now it’s time for Nissan to price the Terrano higher than the donor Renault Duster.
Speculated pricing of Nissan Terrano (ex-showroom, Delhi) –
- Nissan Terrano Petrol base – Rs. 8.50 lakh
- Nissan Terrano Diesel XL – Rs. 9.50 lakh
- Nissan Terrano Diesel XL (O) – Rs. 10.50 lakh
- Nissan Terrano Diesel XV – Rs. 11.50 lakh
- Nissan Terrano Diesel XV Premium – Rs. 12.50 lakh
(Note – The actual price may differ from the above shown figures.)
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