Nissan India has just released a fresh teaser of its upcoming, sub-4 meter compact SUV, which will take on the likes of the Maruti Brezza and Hyundai Venue. The new mini SUV, which is likely to be priced at under Rs. 7 lakh, for the base trim, is meant to give Nissan a solid shot at boosting sales. Muscular styling, a tall ground clearance, a turbo petrol engine and multiple gearbox options are likely to be on offer in the new Nissan SUV. Meanwhile, check out the latest teaser that Nissan has put out, showing the tail lamp of the new mini SUV.
The launch of the new Nissan mini SUV is slated for mid-2020, and the vehicle is likely to be based on the CMF-A platform, which it’ll share with the likes of the Renault Kwid, Triber and the upcoming HBC code-named compact SUV. The engine is likely to be the 1.0 liter-3 cylinder SCe turbocharged petrol engine, with about 100 PS of peak power and 160 Nm of peak torque. This motor was showcased at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo by Renault, and will soon make its way into the Triber compact MPV and the upcoming Renault HBC compact SUV.
A 5 speed manual gearbox could be offered as standard while a CVT automatic is expected to be offered as an option. The new Nissan compact SUV will be front wheel driven and will get a monocoque body. Interiors are expected to be quite cheery, with plenty of features to make it at par with competition, which includes the best selling Hyundai Venue and the feature-rich Mahindra XUV300. With the new SUV, Nissan is starting with a clean slate. A fresh new vehicle that’s attractive to a wide swathe of buyers is what we’re expecting. More news and teasers around the new Nissan SUV is likely to surface in the run up to launch.
The Japanese automaker is betting big on SUVs to turn around its India business, which is currently facing significant headwinds on the back of falling sales and slowing exports. By using the CMF-A platform as the basis for the new mini SUV, Nissan will be able to share parts and the production facility with Renault. This should cut costs, and allow Nissan to price the new mini SUV very competitively. With an ex-Maruti and Hyundai veteran, Rakesh Srivastava, heading Nissan India, the automaker may finally be on its way to a big turnaround in the Indian market.