Nissan Terra appears to be a tough challenger against Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour; powered by 184 PS producing 2.5-litre petrol engine
Pictures of Nissan’s upcoming Terra were released in late February officially and it has gone on sale in China last month. It is a contemporary version of the N300 Navara pickup truck with a family-focussed attitude amidst capable of going off-road. Following the current XTerra that is in business since 1999, it was expected to be named Paladin and Pathfinder in different markets across the world but Nissan sticks with Terra nomenclature for China.
This SUV is expected to be launched in several Asian markets and India could be one among them in the future as we would hope! If launched in our market, the Nissan Terra could throw tough challenge to the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Also, it could prove to be an attempt of the Japanese automaker to boost its sales and market share in the highly competitive domestic market, where Nissan is yet to find a strong foothold unlike its global alliance partner Renault.
While the SUV is based on the Nissan Navara, it appears with distinctive design characteristics. Up front, it appears like a modified version of Terrano. The sharp headlamps get projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights and the muscular front grille boasts Nissan’s signature V-shaped chrome trim. A chunky front bumper with horizontal chrome trim and large air intake is visible and blackened fog lamp housings too come wearing chrome trim.
Moving to the side profile, the car appears with a generous amount of ground clearance that is clear from its high sitting stance. It gets flared fenders, large bold looking alloy wheels, turn indicator integrated ORVMs with chrome finished caps, blackened glass area. The chrome finished door handles come enhancing its style further.
The SUV gets a large and spacious cabin that can accommodate seven occupants. This SUV certainly features several advanced upmarket features inside the cabin and power source for the big SUV could be same as the Navara in some markets.
In that case, it would get a 2.3-litre dCi turbo diesel engine with two different outputs of 158 hp and 187 hp. However, for China, it uses a 2.5-litre QR25 naturally-aspirated petrol engine which develops 184 PS at 6,000 rpm and 251 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. Transmission options will be standard six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic as option.
The Nissan Terra SUV measures 4,882 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1,835 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. It will also be showcased at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show and its production is well underway at Zhengzhou Nissan Joint Venture facility in China. With two-wheel drive as standard, Nissan will provide 4WD as optional in select trims.
Transmission duties will be performed by a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The Paladin replacement based on the ladder-frame chassis is part of the brand’s “Nissan MOVE to 2022” midterm plan. The SUV stands 220 mm above the ground clearance and has 33° approach angle and 26° departure angle.
It uses Nissan’s 4WD system and is claimed to be a descendant of the iconic Patrol. For off-roading prowess, the all-new Nissan Terra comes equipped with 4WD-Diff lock, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.
It also gets Nissan Safety Shield suite of active driver assist systems such as Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking. As much as six variants are offered in China with prices starting from RMB 168,800 (Rs. 17.64 lakh) for the base model and it goes all the way up to RMB 245,800 (Rs. 25.68 lakh) for the range-topper.
Reports say it will be launched in Thailand next before entering other Asian markets. We can expect to see it arriving at our shores sometime next year at around Rs. 24 lakh starting price (ex-showroom).