Nissan has been readying a sub-4 metre SUV for the Indian SUV market, but has been designed and developed in Japan. Pictures of the concept car have already been revealed and the production-ready model will make its global debut on October 21st. Nissan has released a couple of teaser images of its new B-segment SUV. We delve a little deeper to see what this little SUV is all about.
From what we’ve seen on the concept car, and the heavily disguised production car, Nissan is clearly focusing on sharp looks that’ll lure buyers in the compact SUV segment. It has a crossover stance with flared wheel arches, a raised, sculpted bonnet and a massive, Datsun-inspired octagonal grille. It also boasts of sleek headlights and tail lights that have LED inserts, plus you get a contrast roof, a dual-tone alloy wheel and plastic cladding all around. The side profile gives it a proper SUV stance and the blacked-out pillars and silver roof rails add to its stylish persona. At the rear, the tail section looks neat and sports roof-mounted spoiler and a sculpted bumper. It will also feature the all-new Nissan logo. The model is built on Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A platform.
Nissan cars will offer the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that does duty in the Renault Triber. It produces 71bhp and 96Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. An AMT gearbox is also being considered. The top-of-the-line variants are expected to come with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, HR10 turbo petrol engine that makes close to 95bhp. This peppy motor is likely to be paired to a CVT gearbox or a 5-speed manual transmission
In terms of equipment, the Magnite will pack in a whole lot of features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen, powered mirrors, rear AC vents, 360-degree parking camera, steering-mounted audio controls, push-button start, cruise control and LED lighting, to name a few. Even the cabin is sure to be well together. To make it appealing, Nissan might consider offering some of these features as standard.
Seating for five
Images reveal that cabin is quite spacious, and this has been the primary focus of the brand. Headroom is expected to be excellent without hampering the exterior styling. The seating, as visible, is upright, which should help with a great view from the driver’s seat. The cabin appears to be wide too, with a major focus on legroom being a priority.
Nissan will be pricing the SUV very aggressively, with the base variant priced at around ₹ 5.25 lakh (ex-showroom). The turbo petrol model is expected to be priced very competitively and will come coupled with a CVT automatic gearbox. The aim is to lure buyers at the lower end of the compact SUV segment and also keep customers happy knowing it’s a Japanese product. The new Magnite may well be Nissan’s ticket to success in India. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.