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Nissan will launch new Terrano on March 27: What it is all about

The new Terrano is expected to get cosmetic changes much like the Duster’s facelift last year.

autos Updated: Mar 23, 2017 18:33 IST
Gulshankumar Wankar
Gulshankumar Wankar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The 2013 Nissan Terrano did not create as much buzz as its sibling Renault Duster. Will the bolder of the two strike back?(HT File Photo)

About three and a half years after Japanese carmaker Nissan launched its SUV Terrano, the company will unveil its facelift on March 27.

Terrano was launched to get a significant marketshare in India’s growing utility vehicle category, but the SUV’s share continues to slip as other carmakers such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai continue to launch new models.

Terrano monthly sales dropped below 300 units with Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki Brezza gaining share. Also, the Terrano sibling, Renault Duster sells more, despite the former’s more premium positioning.

But, Nissan wants to revive Terrano’s fortunes. The facelift will get cosmetic changes much like the Duster’s facelift last year -- for example, new roofrails, redesigned bumpers and a prominent chrome grill different from its current form. The headlamps may get projectors and LED daytime running lamps while the tail-lights may also get LEDs.

Rest of the car might be similar to its predecessor. But the engines may be retuned for more power and better fuel economy. A 1.6-litre petrol engine will be mated to 5-speed manual gearbox while a 1.5-litre diesel motor connected to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT gearbox, which was introduced in the Terrano last year.

The new Terrano will have safety features like airbags, antilock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) system as standard, like any of its rivals in the market today. The cabin updates may include a contemporary touchscreen infotainment system compatible with your smartphone for connectivity and navigation.

Nissan has not gained much ground in India, unlike its ally Renault that has been twice successful, first with Duster and then with the entry-level Kwid.

Meanwhile, the company wants to phase out the Micra hatchback and Sunny sedan by 2021. The company has said earlier that Nissan will stand for premium cars, while the local market needs catering to masses will be fulfilled by Datsun, makers of the Go series of entry-level cars. Nissan will, however, continue to sell models such as Terrano, GT-R and X-trail in its India showrooms.

Reports suggest that the Japanese automaker will bring its crossover Kicks to India in 2018, after Renault launches its crossover Kaptur. Both the crossovers are based on the Duster platform.

First Published: Mar 23, 2017 18:28 IST