Ahead of its global debut on July 16, Nissan has dropped a teaser image of the upcoming Magnite Concept. The Nissan Magnite will make it to India in January 2021 and will compete in the over-crowded sub-compact SUV segment.
Nissan is going to globally unveil their latest B-SUV concept on July 16, in Japan, and ahead of that, Nissan has dropped a teaser giving a sneak peak of the upcoming SUV. This is going to be Nissan’s smallest SUV globally and is essentially the Nissan Magnite for India. This latest teaser image shows the SUV under wraps with only the front-right portion visible. There are however certain takeaways about the design from this image.
Firstly, its only a concept as is evident by the larger wheels wrapped in off-road tires, the bulging wheel arches and general extravaganza in the design. We however get to see the new LED headlights in full for the first time and they appear to be a much sharper and stretched version of the headlamps seen on the Nissan Kicks. There are some Datsun design elements too in the large L-shaped vertical DRLs – something we also saw in the recently facelifted Datsun Redigo – and the octagonal grille also has a Datsun-like look.
Originally, this SUV was meant to wear the Datsun badge but after Nissan decided to drop the brand altogether, the Magnite came to be a Nissan SUV. The teaser also suggest that the production-spec car will come with thick body cladding all around with funky looking bumpers. Earlier teaser images had hinted that the SUV will have a crossover-like silhouette and that it could also get two-tone color options.
Under the hood, the Nissan Magnite will be powered by familiar engines from the Renault Triber. That includes the 1.0L, naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine from the Triber that produces 69bhp. It will also get the 1.0L turbo-petrol engine with around 100bhp that’s expected to debut on the Triber very soon. Both engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, we expect an automatic gearbox in the form of a CVT to be exclusively offered only on the turbo-petrol variants.
The Nissan Magnite will have its starting price from around the Rs 5 lakh mark and it might very well be cheapest in its segment. Additionally, even the turbo-petrol version with a CVT could have a sub-Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag. Nissan will also be offering some segment-best features on Magnite to make it more appealing and even if it is cheap, it will not be skimmed down on features. These features could include a 360-degree parking camera, connected car tech, large touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, steering mounted controls, etc.
The competition is stiff and it will have to rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and Mahindra XUV300. There’s also the upcoming Renault Kiger and the Kia Sonet joining this segment. The Nissan Magnite will see its India launch in January 2021. It was initially supposed to launch in August 2020, but like many other things, this too has been delayed due to coronavirus.