Nissan Terrano Review
Nissan's Answer to Ford EcoSportSaturday, November 23, 2013
Nissan Terrano is the newest SUV soon to be launched by Nissan Motor India Private Limited in the Indian market after the success of their sister concern’s Renault Duster. Nissan Motors launched Terrano on 9th October, in Navratris, which is the festive season of India and is expected to sell in very good numbers. The company unveiled the Terrano in India on 20th August, 2013. It will be manufactured at company's massive manufacturing plant near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The main rivals of Nissan Terrano will be Ford EcoSport, Mahindra Quanto, Tata Safari DiCOR, Mahindra Scorpio and Renault Duster. The base variant of Nissan Terrano is priced at INR 9.58 lakhs (XL Petrol). The top-of-the-line Terrano 110PS Diesel XV Premium is available for INR 12.44 lakhs. These prices are ex-showroom Chennai.
- Based on Renault Duster
- Unveiled in India on 20th August
- Pre-booking starts on 1st September
- Launched in India on 9th October
- Available in both petrol and diesel
- Variants of Terrano are XL, XL Plus, XV and XV Premium
- Available in six shades: Fire Red, Sterling Grey, Blade Silver, Sapphire Black, Pearl White and Bronze Grey colors
- Base variant is priced at INR 9.58 lakhs (XL Petrol)
- Top-of-the-line 110PS XV Premium is available for INR 12.44 lakhs
Nissan Terrano is based on the Renault Duster but looks much more muscular and modern in comparison to the Duster. In terms of design, Terrano gets all-new hood, front/rear bumper, new tail gate and alloy wheels. The exterior of Nissan Terrano gives a unique and stylish look with its trendy headlights, laminated windscreen at front, top variant having rear spoiler and roof rail, 15/16-inch alloy or steel wheels, rear defogger, rear washer and wiper and adjustable external wing mirrors and much more which gives this SUV a pretty unique and advanced look.
The interiors of Nissan Terrano are much better and appealing in comparison to the Renault Duster. It features all-new rectangular AC vents, new steering wheel, gear know, chrome inserts and new design for the wood inserts. The interiors are quite spacious with good quality fabric upholstery in simple variants while the top variant is expected to have top quality leather upholstery, spacious dashboard, a large instrument cluster, powerful AC, trendy gear knob with metal finish, power steering wheel and many other features to add to the glamor of this beautiful SUV. To add to the comfort of the passengers, this SUV has many advanced features which includes an advanced HVAC, adjustable driver's seat, all four power windows, advanced parking sensors, adjustable reading lamps, Air Quality Control System, vanity mirror, armrests, trunk light and a quality music system with CD/MP3/FM Radio player which have a user friendly CD changer mode, powerful speakers with reduced clipping, USB port, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity to add to the quality and to make things more comfortable to the passengers, this SUV also has a multifunctional power steering wheel with audio and phone controls and a display screen to ease the load on driver's mind. The boot space of 475 litres can be extended by folding the rear seats and has ample space for good legroom, knee room, headroom, shoulder room and elbow room. It also has plush seats with good lumber support to add to the comfort features of this SUV.
Engine and Gearbox
Nissan Terrano is available in same engine options in which Duster is available. It is powered by a 1461cc 1.5L K9K dCi diesel engine has a maximum power of 108 bhp at 3900 rpm and a maximum torque of 248 Nm at 2250 rpm giving the top speed in the range of 170-175 kmph and reaches 0-100 kmph mark in about 12-14 seconds (expected) and has a six speed manual transmission gearbox with a mileage of 17-19 kmpl (expected). The second diesel engine generates 83.84 bhp of maximum power with maximum torque of 200 nm. This SUV will also have a full size steel spare wheel covered with a tubeless radial tire in its boot compartment along with some other tools which will be required to change the tire. Terrano is also available in petrol (single variants - XL), which is powered by a 1598cc engine with max power of 100.6 bhp and max torque of 145 nm.
Company Claimed Mileage
The company claimed mileage of Nissan Terrano is 13.2 kmpl for petrol, 20.5 kmpl for 85 PS diesel and 19.2 kmpl for 110 PS diesel. Expect real-world figures to be less by 3-4 kmpl under standard driving conditions.
For the utmost safety of its passengers, this SUV is equipped with a tilt adjustable power steering to provide a comfortable ride and easy manoeuvring in peak traffic, rear seat belts, two front Airbags, ABS with Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution Mechanism and a Stability Control Module, impact sensing door unlock, engine protective under guard, front fog lamps, rear defogger and rear windscreen with a wash and wipe function to provide good visibility in rainy and foggy conditions. Terrano will have ventilated disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The suspension system is a McPherson strut type with a coil spring and an advanced anti roll bar at front and torsion beam axle with coil spring and similar anti roll bar at rear of this SUV. This SUV will have a kerb weight of 1235kgs (expected) with a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres. It will have minimum turning radius of 5.2m for easy cruising in city traffic.
Nissan Terrano is available in six shades: Fire Red, Sterling Grey, Blade Silver, Sapphire Black, Pearl White and Bronze Grey colors.
Nissan Terrano is available in seven variants - XL Petrol, 85 PS XE Diesel, 85 PS XL Diesel, 85 PS XL Plus Diesel, 110 PS XL Diesel, 110 PS XV Diesel and 110 PS XV Diesel Premium.
The base variant of Nissan Terrano is priced at INR 9.58 lakhs (XL Petrol). The top-of-the-line Terrano 110PS Diesel XV Premium is available for INR 12.44 lakhs. These prices are ex-showroom Chennai. Here is the complete price list of Nissan Terrano:
- XL 1.6P - INR 9.78 lakhs
- XE 85PS 1.5 D - INR 9.58 lakhs
- XL 85PS 1.5D - INR 10.65 lakhs
- XL Plus 85PS 1.5D - INR 10.92 lakhs
- XL 110PS 1.5D - INR 11.31 lakhs
- XV 110PS 1.5D - INR 12.14 lakhs
- XV Premium 110PS 1.5D - INR 12.44 lakhs
Overall, this SUV seems like a good combination of luxury, space, engine performance, safety, style and sturdiness and just looking a little down in its fuel economy and a little steep price range.
Comparison: Nissan Terrano vs. Renault Duster
As the Indian automotive industry is booming, more and more auto manufacturers are finding their way in to the Indian market. In 2010, we saw a great SUV, Duster from French car makers, Renault. Since the day it was launched, Duster got immense popularity due to its great looks, charismatic engine, fabulous design and classy interiors. Now, Renault-Nissan joint venture is looking to take over the market again with their newest SUV, smartly modified and designed with great exterior and interior looks and is based on the platform of Duster.
On August 20, 2013, Nissan unveiled the new Terrano, a smart and luxurious SUV to blow your mind and it was officially launched on 9th October in the Indian market which is a festive season in India. So, Nissan's intentions are quite clear to wipe out the competition by taking the advantage of festive season as it will be the time of high sale for best models. This SUV will be manufactured at company's plant at Tamil Nadu near Chennai and the booking for purchase of this SUV will start very soon.
If we talk about the exterior design, Terrano beats Duster by a great numbers in terms of style and sportiness. It has a new hood, newer and stylish 16-inch machined alloy wheels, gorgeous revised front grille with black treatment, new sporty front bumper and headlamps, revised stylish black treatment of B and C pillars, colored roof rails, new sporty rear combination tail lamps, smaller chrome lip above the number plate at rear, redesigned beautiful rear bumper, unexposed sporty tow hook at rear and an antenna at front top. All these changes gave it an advanced and muscular look with a touch of sportiness and provide it with an upper hand over Duster in terms of exterior styling.
In terms of interior styling, Terrano is again better than Duster in ways of fabric and leather quality used inside but there are some features missing and unchanged also. It comprises of classy, spacious and airy cabin with good visibility of around with good amount of boot space of around 475 litres. Duster was criticized for its poor quality of materials and thus, Terrano worked greatly on that part and has quality fabric upholstery in simple variant and top quality leather upholstery in top variant.
It also has newer stylish center console air vents which are rectangular this time and also has tiny storage space above them. It has same trendy gear knob with metal finish, powerful HVAC, newer steering wheel with silver inserts but without any audio controls which were present in Duster, adjustable seats, all four power windows, parking sensors, adjustable reading lamps, vanity mirror, armrests, trunk light, Air Quality Control System, same speedometer console and the quality music player with CD/MP3 player, FM Radio, USB port, AUX-in, Bluetooth connectivity and powerful speakers. Also, the SUV has the similarly placed knob to adjust outside mirrors under hand brake lever which is a little awkward. Otherwise, it provides a luxurious interior with greater comfort, quality and space than Duster.
Nissan Terrano has same 1.6 petrol and two diesel engine options like the Duster. It is available in six shades which includes Bronze Grey, Sapphire Black, Fire Red, Pearl White, Blade Silver and Sterling Grey. Terrano is priced between the price range of INR 9.58-12.44 lakhs which is more than Duster. But looking at its superior design and advanced features, the price seems like a little worry for now. Also, the overall sales will depend on the engine configurations they provide and the number of variants they would launch.