The Nissan has all the necessary specs and features, and some more which tilts the axis, more importantly with the company undercutting the small SUV segment, the same can be expected of this, which can make it very popular.

Nissan is gearing up for a new phase in India, having discontinued a lot of previous models the Japanese automaker is now planning to introduce cars that challenge the segment leaders. The recently launched Magnite compact SUV definitely seems to be a very capable car, and with the extreme pricing that Nissan has provided will open the particular segment to lower budget customers. Another car is going to come to the country, and is being launched in the segment which is ruled by the Fortuner and the Endeavour. The Terra is the car we are talking about, and it packs a heavy punch with a load of features which can hurt the Toyota and the Ford.

The Terra is currently sold in asian nations like Indonesia, Philippines, China and Thailand where it has performed well, it is strange that Nissan did not bring the SUV to India earlier. The car is large, at 4900mm it sits right between the other two in length, speaking of the exterior the Terra is a muscular car, featuring bold lines along the sides which even resembles the Toyota Land Cruiser from some angles. The slightly boxier design of the car may woo some buyers, as the Fortuner and the Endeavour have a more curvy and edgy design. The front is adorned with the signature Nissan V-grille with chrome finish on the sides, with LED daytime running lights. In Fact the design and the appearance of the vehicle is not too contrasting to the other cars in the segment which is a good thing, as Indian buyers have bought the present cars off the shelves in massive numbers.

As is the norm in the segment, the Terra comes with Seven seats, with a one-touch collapsible second row for easier access to the last row. The design of the dash and central console is not very unique but is well made, and has been optimised to save space and make the front clutter free. The front seats have ergonomic design which provides sufficient lumbar support for long journeys. There is an infotainment screen with Nissan Connect software which comes with all the smartphone connectivity and is paired to a 6-speaker audio system, additionally there is a 11in roof-mounted screen for rear-passenger entertainment.

The climate control comes with 360-degree airflow for the rear with independent control.

The Terra has advanced camera systems, which provide a 360 degree view for hassle-free parking along with Rear view mirror integrated screen for reverse. The instrument cluster features a 5in screen which can be configured for fuel, power distribution or Tyre pressure data. The car is also loaded with safety features, six SRS airbags are fitted, along with EBD, ABS, Blind spot warning, lane departure warning, vehicle dynamic control, hill start and descent assist and other features. The car rides on 18in wheels

The car is based on Ladder frame construction which makes it very sturdy and provides a very capable base for the car to perform off-road. There are three trim levels, the V 2WD, VL 2WD and the top VL 4WD. It currently comes with only one engine option which is a twin turbo 2.3L unit which churns out 190PS and 450Nm of torque, performance figures which trump the Toyota and the Ford easily. Offered in a six speed manual of 7-speed AT, the 4WD only only comes with Automatic transmission.  The car has enough grunt, and combined with a ground clearance of 225mm it matches its competition at par in its off-roading capability. Nissan also provides an electronic locking rear differential which can come in handy, and power distribution and tilt axis meters.

In Thailand the car starts at 1,299,000 THB (INR 31L) while the top spec VL 4WD variant is priced at 1,459,000 THB (INR 35L). If we go by Nissans current strategy of undercutting the competition, we can expect a price starting below 30 lacs which will effectively render the Fortuner and the Endeavour very costly indeed. The segment which is now filling up with more and more options, the Terra may turn the Japanese automaker a favourite in India when it launched next year.

Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator