The latest entrant in the fast growing compact SUV market of India, Nissan Terrano is known as Nissan Mistral in some other markets. It was also manufactured by the company’s Spanish subsidiary Nissan Motor Iberica S.A for markets in Europe and was marketed as Nissan Terrano II there. Furthermore, the car was supplied under an OEM deal to Ford Europe for sale as Ford Maverick in the region. October 2013 saw the formal launch of Nissan Terrano in India. Within a price range of Rs 9.6 to 12.46 lakhs, this Nissan SUV competes primarily against the Ford EcoSport and then Tata Safari. There is also some degree of cannibalism with its own cousin in India – the Renault Duster.
While essentially the Terrano may look like a rescaled Duster, Nissan engineers have changed almost all body parts except the roof and the rear quarter panel. The design looks quite mature and sophisticated while still retaining the important, solid SUV profile. The front gets a completely different design (when compared to Duster) and it is quite inline with the Nissan family looks. There is a large grille between which the Nissan logo sits, and new character lines on the bonnet. The angular but sleek headlamps blend well into the front grille. The single colour front bumper is also more sculpted and houses the fog lamps while the air dam ends in butch looking bash guard. Terrano’s side profile is comparable to the Duster but the door panels are more rounded with a new crease running along the side and blackened B and C pillars.
At the rear you see stylish split tail-lamps – and these are fully functional, not just dummy plastic bits added on to the sides for filling the metal gaps. The sharp rear design of this SUV complements its complete silhouette well. Top end variant comes with 16 inch alloy wheels, while others have stylised steel wheels.
Inside the beige coloured cabin a new steering wheel, squared AC vents in centre with circular ones on sides, and revised storage space on top of the dashboard are some features that draw attention. The refreshed central console gets 2 DIN audio system and the buttons have a nice feel. You also get the option of a 6.1 inch touch-screen for the music system. Subtle use of chrome and silver garnishes give a plush feel to the cabin. Seats are sufficiently comfortable and there is adequate legroom at back too.
One let-down of the design is that the knob for ORVM adjustment has been positioned quite impractically – it’s hidden below the parking brake lever. Also, the dashboard plastic feels somewhat hard.
The driving feel in this SUV is quite pleasant. Terrano is almost as fast as the Duster and does a 0-100 kms/ hour in 12.7 seconds. With a wonderful ride quality, nothing slows a Terrano down and it simply ploughs through poor roads without letting you feel much of jerks. Body roll is very restrained and this Nissan car grips well to give you the confidence to push it hard through winding roads.
Nissan Terrano has been launched in four variants, one being in petrol. So you have a choice between:
• Base variant XE D with 1.5 litre diesel engine
• Mid segment variants XL D (1.5 litre diesel engine) and XL P (1.6 litre petrol engine)
• Top end variant XL D Plus (1.5 litre diesel engine)
The diesel variant with 85PS has 5 speed manual transmission while the one with 110PS has 6 speed manual transmission. The petrol variant comes with 5 speed manual gearbox.
While the diesel driven models have fuel efficiency of up to 20.5 kms/ litre, the petrol Terrano has fuel economy of 13.2 kms/litre (as per Nissan).
This stylish SUV comes in six beautiful colours that include Pearl White, Sterling Grey, Blade Silver, Fire Red, Sapphire Black, and Bronze Grey.
Terrano being a fairly new SUV has not yet created waves with regards to awards and accolades. However, it has been fairly successful internationally in forms of Mistral and Ford Maverick. And indeed it has a handsome and premium looking design while also being one of the best riding cars in its segment.