Nissan Terrano to come in seven variants; features explained

The Nissan Terrano will come in seven variants according to dealers. Pre-bookings for the Terrano opened on September 1, 2013 and the vehicle is likely to be launched in the first week of October 2013, while we should be getting you a full road test report in the next couple of weeks.

In a break with tradition, the Nissan Terrano is likely to be priced at a premium to the Renault Duster to avoid cannibalizing sales of the Renault Duster. The Terrano, being a re-skinned and badge-engineered Duster, has to offer a bit more, and that’s what Nissan has attempted to do with the features list. Also see: Nissan Terrano unveiled, bookings start September 1

Nissan Terrano features and variants

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The Nissan Terrano will be offered with three engine choices slotted into a total of seven variants. The engine’s being offered are a 1.6 litre petrol variant, a 1.5 litre diesel putting out 85 bhp of power and a 1.5 litre diesel putting out 110 bhp of power, similar to the line-up in the Duster. But the Terrano has mixed things up a little.

The base XE variant (equivalent to the Renault Duster RXE) comes with a 1.5 litre diesel engine putting out 85 bhp of power. What’s noteworthy though is that the XE variant also gets a driver’s side airbag as standard (this is not offered in the Duster). It gets all round power windows, has AC and power steering, and power mirrors. It doesn’t offer a rear wiper and wash or a music system.

The mid-trim XL variant is the most diverse. The XL 85 comes with all the features that the XE offers and adds a rear wiper, music system with Bluetooth and most importantly ABS brakes. The XL petrol variant has the same features, but comes with the 1.6 litre petrol engine. And then there’s the XL 110 variant that has the same features (ABS, single airbag) but uses the more powerful 110 PS diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Also read: Nissan Terrano fully revealed ahead of official unveiling 

For those who want even more safety, there’s the XL 85 Plus that adds a passenger airbag and a bit of style with 16-inch alloys in addition to all the features offered on the normal Nissan Terrano XL 85.

At the top of the range, similar to the Renault Duster, is the XV and XV Premium, with the latter offering leather upholstery and wood trim over the features that the XV offers (dual airbags, parking sensors, ABS, alloys, rear AC unit etc).

Prices are expected to be about Rs. 50,000 more than the Renault Duster variant for variant. What do you think the Terrano’s prospects are?