The Nissan Terrano has been finally caught without any camouflage, fully revealing its styling changes compared to the vehicle it has been badge-engineered from, the Renault Duster. Here’s a set of photos to show you what the Nissan Terrano is all about. The official unveil is on August 20.
A reader of IndianAutosBlog sent these photos to them of the Nissan Terrano at a Nissan dealer’s yard ahead of its official unveiling. There are quite a few changes that have been carried out to try and make the Nissan Terrano look different from the Renault Duster, but at first glance it’s easy to make out what the Terrano really is. Also read: Nissan to call compact SUV Terrano
The big change to the Nissan Terrano compared to the Renault Duster is in the front-end styling. The grille is a bold, Nissan-family style grille, inspired from the larger Nissan X-Trail. The headlamps are more rectangular in shape compared to the rounded elements in the Renault Duster. This too is a twin-headlamp set up. The bumper too is different with a different fog lamp housing and lower air dam.
Minor changes to profile
In profile, one can see new alloy wheels, different from those on the Renault Duster. In fact, we think the alloys on the Terrano look smarter than the OEM alloys on the Duster. There appears to be mild sheet metal changes as well, going by the crease line on the doors, where the crease is straighter on the Terrano rather than the upswept crease on the Duster. The crease lines on the flared fenders too appear to be mildly toned down. And the B and C pillars have been blacked out. The old-style lift-up door handles continue on the Terrano as to the chunky roof-rails. Also read: Nissan’s compact Duster-based SUV to be last badge-engineered product from alliance
The boot section of the Terrano has seen a bit of work to make it look different from the Renault Duster. The boot has been altered with a new number plate housing. The tail-lamps are completely different with elements on the boot door also that house the reverse lamps. The exposed tow hook on the Duster is now covered up with a plastic cap on the Terrano. The bumper too is slightly different with inset reflectors. While the Duster carried its huge badging in the chrome strip above the number plate, the words “Terrano” appear in large chrome to the left of the tail-gate. The vehicle pictured is an XV variant. Also read: Renault Duster records its lowest sales in July
Apparently there are minor changes to the dashboard as well, with respect to the AC vents and the instrument console.
Overall, there appears to be a decent amount of visual difference between the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano when viewed from behind or straight up front. However, in profile, it’s easy to mistake the two for one another. Nissan may have to price the Terrano at a premium to the Renault Duster to avoid cannibalizing sales. Will it sell if it were priced Rs. 50,000 more than the Renault Duster?