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Nissan Terrano Overview

Nissan, the Japanese automaker, launched the Terrano SUV in 2013 in India, followed by a special anniversary edition a year after. The SUV is one of the most popular Nissan cars in India. The exterior and interior styling is similar to the Renault Duster. Although, it gets sheet metal, all-new grille, bold bonnet lines, revised bumpers, silver-finished skid plates, new tail light cluster and tail gate design, tailgate with a license plate holder and several other exterior changes. Whereas, the interior is updated with slightly up-market dashboard, revised centre console with vertical silver panels, all black or beige – black interior and additional comfort-enhancing features. Since the Terrano shares its engine line-up with the Duster, it keeps the same 102bhp, 1.6-litre MPFi petrol engine and a 1.5-litre, K9K diesel engine in two states of tunes – 83.8bhp and 108.5bhp. Both the powertrains are combined with a 5-speed manual transmission. The SUV excels in terms of driving dynamics and off-road performance. Like most Nissan car models, the SUV offers smooth and comfortable ride. For information on contact details of Nissan car dealers in Hyderabad

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Nissan Terrano Exterior

Dimensionally, Nissan Terrano measures 4.33m in length with a width of 1.83m. Its overall height with the fixed roof rail is 1.67m. The wheelbase of 2.67m adds more to the interior spacing which is already abundant given its incredible height. Nissan Terrano has a ground clearance of 205mm, which is similar to that of Renault Duster, but is an add-on advantage that will keep this SUV going easily on any terrain.

The side profile of Nissan Terrano has angular bold lines which are different from Duster’s curvy lines. The flared wheel-arches make the Terrano look aggressive, distinguishing it from most of Nissan’s models in India. The doors have two horizontal creases in them that enhance the butch look, but it isn’t enough to alleviate the organic lines of the rest of the car. The rear end bears no similarity to any of the Nissan SUVs and it is evident that Nissan has developed a new tail lamp cluster without fiddling too much with the Duster lamps. It gets a chrome garnish to add a premium feel, but the overall appearance is rugged with roof rails and silver skid plates. The flared up wheel arches of this SUV are endowed with a set of diamond-cut 16” machined light -weight alloy wheels in the top end variants, while the base as well as the mid variants are fitted with similar sized robust steel wheels, which certainly make the SUV look sportier. These classy rims have been further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 215/65 R16, which have a superior road grip on any terrain.

Nissan Terrano Interior

The Nissan Terrano has comfortable ingress and egress. Once you enter the cabin, the beige treatment of interiors gives a good sense of space. Nissan has spruced up the dashboard layout, which feels slightly more premium than the Duster. The storage space on top of the dashboard has been covered now with a lid and the centre AC vents get rectangular in shape with chrome outlining. The instrument cluster covering has a rounded panel and the steering wheel remains the same that gets a rebadged horn pad with silver accents. The centre console is restyled with vertical silver panels running on the sides and piano black panels surrounding the new multimedia system.

These additional embellishments make the interior styling a bit more attractive than the Duster. Quality of the materials used and the fit and finish is exactly the same again, which is much better than the competition but doesn’t feel as premium as a car in this price bracket should feel. The base XE trim comes with black interior, while the rest get beige interior. Colour combination used in the Terrano gels nicely and looks tastefully done, thanks to the piano black finishing. The air conditioning is effective and the vents provide thick flow of air. Everything falls under reach and most of the controls are convenient to use apart from the mirror adjustment control that is placed under the handbrake lever. You will also miss the dead pedal to rest your foot on long drives. Nissan should have addressed the minor ergonomic issues which customers of the Duster have been complaining about since quite some time now.

The door pockets are deep enough to accommodate 1-litre bottles and there is enough spread of cup holders and small storage elements to keep knick knacks. Cabin space needs a special mention here, as there is ample space in both the rows as well as the boot. The seats are sufficiently supportive but lacking a bit of under-thigh support. The 475-litre boot space is practical with a convenient loading lip that can accommodate a good load of luggage. Some of the safety and convenience features offered in the Terrano include dual airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, rear AC, double-din audio system with CD/MP3, USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. Shockingly the steering mounted audio controls found on the Duster are not offered on the Terrano.

Nissan Terrano Gearbox

The Nissan Terrano comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The diesel engine comes in two states of tune in which it generates 84 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm while in the other state of tune, it produces 109 hp of power at 3,900 rpm and 248 Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm. The petrol engine makes 103 hp of power at 5,350 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm

The Nissan Terrano comes with a six speed manual transmission for the diesel engine that has 109 hp of power while the petrol engine and the lower state of tune diesel engine is offered with a 5 speed gearbox. The Nissan Terrano diesel is also available in an AMT.In terms of safety, the Nissan Terrano is offered with Anti lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, speed sensing automatic door locks and hazard warning switch.The Nissan Terrano has an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 13.2 kmpl for the petrol variants and 19 kmpl for diesel variant which is acceptable for its segment.

Nissan Terrano Rideing

This is where the Terrano and Duster are identical. The overwhelming impression is that of a softly sprung front-drive car, with understeer when pushed beyond its limits. There is, at the same time, the impression that the suspension will cope with anything you throw at it, and this belief is justified when you put it through potholes, over speedbreakers and unpaved roads without slowing down, and there isn’t so much as loss of alignment. There is no wallowing at triple-digit speeds, either – something we otherwise take for granted with an SUV at this price point.

The brakes are solid discs in front and drums at the rear equipped with ABS and EBD for all but the base diesel variant. Thanks to the Terrano’s low kerb weight, they are enough to haul the vehicle to a halt from crazy speeds repeatedly without fade. Both bite and progression are good and inspire confidence. The Terrano has possibly the best ride and handling compromise for Indian conditions, with its predictable handling and 205mm ground clearance. It’s a pity that the four-wheel drive version isn’t on the cards for India, it would have made an interesting alternative to the established all-wheel drive SUVs around its price point. Tyres are a choice between Apollo Hawkz and MRF Wanderers, and these provide good grip both on and off-road, though they will not be able to do any serious work off the beaten path.

Nissan Terrano Safety

We loved the Duster for its braking performance and the Terrano with the same Disc/drum setup performs very well. The car came to a halt from 100kmph in a short 40.24m which is just a little shorter than the Duster. The Terrano shows the same confidence shedding speeds in a straight line without any squirming at the steering wheel and with good control from the ABS.

Kit levels in the Terrano are exactly what you get in the Duster. In the safety department you get two airbags, ABS, a reverse parking sensor, and a bash guard to protect your engine when on rough terrain. The XV offers keyless entry, two 12V sockets, tilt adjustable steering and height adjustable seats. With the good comes the bad and the Terrano carries forward the Duster’s negative points as well. The seating position isn’t perfect and the driver’s seat still has the tendency to rock slightly under braking. The controls for the ORVMs still lie in that awkward position under the handbrake while the rear power windows are in the same position in the door pads and that has you accidentally opening the windows every time you rest your elbow. These are just minor niggles and none of them are a deal breaker but the fact is that they still exist

Nissan Terrano Cost in New Delhi

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 9,89,553/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,30,169/- (Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT). Get best offers for Nissan Terrano from Nissan Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Terrano price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Verdict

The Terrano doesn’t really offer anything over the Duster besides the significant styling differences. However we believe the Terrano will be well received because it’s a handsome and more premium looking design and will appeal to those who think the Duster has become a little pass. The significantly tweaked visuals and similar kit should be incentive enough to spend what we believe will be Rs 50,000 to 70,000 more than the equivalent Duster. Nissan will start taking pre-sales bookings from the first of September while the car will officially go on sale in October during the festival season. The compact SUV segment just got a hot new player.

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