It is a pretty well known fact that Japanese auto maker Nissan intends to come up with a new compact SUV that will be launched in our country.
Nissan India today announced the name of its upcoming compact SUV. This car, which will be based on the Renault Duster, has been christened as the Nissan Terrano. The carmaker has also revealed a sketch of the new model and the new Nissan SUV will be launched in this fiscal year.
Terrano will be produced at Nissan’s Oragadam Plant alongside the premium hatchback Micra, Sunny sedan and Evalia urban class utility vehicle, expanding Nissan’s locally-built model range to four.
President and CEO of Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, Kenichiro Yomura, said Terrano will play a key role in increasing sales within the Indian market: “I am delighted to reveal both the name and the very first image of what will be a very important model for Nissan.”
“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.”
With this, it becomes official that Nissan plans to resurrect the Terrano brand. Nissan used to sell an SUV named Terrano back in 1993. The Terrano used to sell in several European markets and was also sold as the Ford Maverick in some markets.
It is being said that the Nissan Terrano will be a slightly more premium than the Duster. Hence, the car will also be more expensive than the donor vehicle. The Terrano could be priced around INR 50,000 to 75,000 higher than the Duster. Justifying the higher price tag of the Terrano will be a longer equipment list and maybe a longer warranty period.
As can be made out from the sketch, the Terrano will be slightly different from the Duster and will sport a new front fascia that will consist of a new bumper, revised headlights and a new front grille. The Terrano will also have a new tailgate and new design motif for the tail lamps. However, the car is expected to remain unchanged on the inside.
Talking about the exterior styling, it seems that the car will be seen carrying quite some design cues borrowed from the X-Trail and other Nissan SUVs.