Nissan Terra seven-seat SUV may act as a strong rival to Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour; has butch-looking stance and plethora of off-roading capabilities
After the initial reveal earlier this year, the Nissan Terra SUV went on sale in China in May 2018. 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 Asian markets including China and Indonesia.
It made its debut in Indonesia earlier this month at the GIIAS 2018. This SUV is expected to be launched in several other Asian markets and India could be one among them in the future. 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 in the premium market, where Nissan is yet to find a strong foothold.
While the SUV is based on the Nissan Navara, it appears with distinctive design characteristics. 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 SUV has generous amount of ground clearance that is clear from its tall standing 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 enhances styling further.
The SUV gets a large and spacious cabin that can accommodate seven occupants. This SUV certainly features several advanced upmarket equipment inside the cabin and power source is the same as the Navara in some markets.
In 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 units are 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. With two-wheel drive as standard, Nissan will provide 4WD as optional in select trims.
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. It is sold by the Dongfeng Nissan and Zhengzhou Nissan dealership there.
Having arrived in Indonesia, the off-roader gains a twin turbocharged 2.3-litre diesel engine developing 190 PS and 450 Nm torque. It is connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission with claimed “best acceleration performance in its class” and is produced in Thailand for Southeast Asia markets.