The eagerly awaited Nissan Terrano compact crossover has again been spotted testing in Chennai. This time though, two Terrano test mules were caught testing together. The upcoming Nissan Terrano is basically the Nissan’s iteration of the highly successful Renault Duster and it is being said that Nissan Terrano India launch would happen sometime in September.
It may be noted that it is not the first that Nissan is using the Terrano moniker. Nissan earlier sold a SUV named Terrano. The original Terrano was sold in several European car markets and the vehicle was also known as the Ford Maverick in few coutries. The Nissan Terrano compact crossover will be manufactured at Nissan’s Oragadam production facility.
The car will boast of an exterior styling that won’t be totally similar to that of the Renault Duster. Speaking about the styling of the Nissan Terrano, CEO and President of Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, Kenichiro Yomura, recently commented, “You can see from the sketch that Terrano has a bold and distinctive design that I am confident will appeal to our growing customer base in India, as will its driving performance and range of other features that will be revealed at a later date.”
It may be noted that the styling of the Terrano’s front end remains true to the official sketch that you see here. The Terrano will sport a new front fascia that will include a new bumper, revised headlights and a new front grille.
Also visible on close observation of the spy pics we have seen so far is a straight crease in the lower half of Terrano’s body (check out the lead image). It is hence evident that the carmaker is making changes to the sheet metal. It may be noted that the Duster has an inverted-U like crease.
The Terrano will also get a new tailgate, rear bumper and new tail lamps.
Another change that we have come to know of is the rectangular shape of the air con vents. The Duster has circular vents for the aircon. The dashboard also gets a differently shaped instrument console.
The upcoming Duster-based Nissan Terrano will be a slightly more ‘premium’ than the car it is based on and will hence, come with a higher price tag. Our guess is that the Terrano could be priced around INR 50,000 to 75,000 higher than the Renault Duster.
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