Nissan will expand the reach of Terra SUV into other Asian markets and unlike China, Philippines gets a new diesel engine as well
Nissan broke covers of the Terra mid-size SUV earlier this year for the Chinese market and it features a single petrol engine with a five-seat configuration. However, since the SUV has huge potential in other Asian markets, the Japanese auto major has now unveiled the seven-seater version in Philippines.
It also gets a choice of diesel powertrain. The Terra SUV derives power from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel unit, which is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 190 PS at 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm of peak torque delivered at 450 Nm. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-size SUV measures 4,885 mm long, 1,865 mm wide and 1,835 mm tall and it has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm with 225 mm ground clearance and 32.3 degree approach angle as well as 26.6 degree departure angle. The range-topping model in Philippines gets a four-wheel-drive configuration with locking differential while the other four trims gain RWD layout.
It will be manufactured in Thailand and pre-bookings have already commenced ahead of possible deliveries to customers in a couple of months’ time. The entry-level Terra Mid 4×2 6MT costs PHP 14,99,000 (Rs. 19.19 lakh) and it goes up to PHP 20,96,000 for the top-spec Premium 4×4 7AT (Rs. 26.83 lakh).
With seven-seat configuration and a powerful diesel mill, the Nissan Terra makes for a direct rival to the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner in the Indian market as well. Since the brand is struggling in sales, we can expect the premium model to come only in the near future and it could be part of the eight new launches Nissan has planned between now and until 2021.