Nissan is in a process to revamp its global product portfolio. As a result it came up with a YouTube video teasing its entire product lineup, called the Nissan Next. The car that matters the most to us is the Magnite compact SUV. Nissan is gearing up to launch its much anticipated compact SUV, Magnite in India during the festive season this year. This will mark Nissan’s entry into the highly competitive compact SUV segment, dominated by Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Nissan released a teaser of the Magnite recently that gives us some details of this SUV.
The Magnite is quite stylish in appearance, thanks to a number of detailed features. Its front fascia has been seen for the first time as it gets a front grille, much similar to the one found on the recent Datsun cars. It will also feature LED headlights, L-shaped LED DRLs, wrap around head lamps and tail lamps and chunky wheel arches and black cladding. Also on offer will be the dual tone paint options.
The Magnite is based on the Renault Triber MPV, which has the best wheelbase, so one can expect ample space in the Magnite too. Not just that, the Magnite will also come with few first in segment features. Expected features include touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, 360 degree camera, connected car technology, climate control, keyless entry with push button start and cruise control. Safety features will include 4 airbags, ABS with EBD and ESC and rear parking. sensors.
The Magnite will come with only petrol engines. The engine will be a 3 cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine that will have two power outputs. One of them will be a naturally aspirated that produces 71 bhp and 96 Nm and will be offered with either a 5 speed manual or an AMT. The other one will be a turbocharged unit that will produce 94 bhp. The transmission options for this engine will include a 5 speed manual gearbox and a CVT.
This will be the best part of Magnite as it is expected to carry an aggressive price tag of Rs. 5.25 Lakhs for the base variant. This will help Nissan undercut its rivals such as Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra XUV 300 by a good amount. Keeping this in mind, a major shakeup in the compact SUV segment is expected as we also await the launch of Kia Sonet and Renault HBC.
The Magnite is originally scheduled to be launched in September 2020. The wait for Magnite is expected to get longer due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. As this is a very competitive product, Nissan would not like to launch it in a hurry. With that said, its festive season launch might get delayed too.
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