Nissan Magnite compact SUV: Is this it?

Nissan announced its entry into the sub-4m compact SUV segment earlier this year. The fast-growing segment, which currently has vehicles like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the likes. Well, Nissan will enter the segment with their all-new car, which is expected to carry the name – Magnite. While Nissan has already released a few teaser images of the Magnite, this is a rendering image that shows what exactly the car may look like when it is launched in the market.

The all-new sub-4m compact SUV is yet to get a formal name. However, it is likely to get the Magnite nameplate. The rendering image has been put up by Kleber Silva and he is calling it the Nissan Play. The rendering image shows the car gets a typical Nissan design with the front grille heavily inspired by the existing Nissan SUVs like Kicks. It gets sleek headlamps with LED lamps in the rendering images but that is unlikely to make it to the production version of the car.

The Magnite looks extremely sporty all over. On the sides, it gets a bold design with flared wheel arches and new-age design of the alloy wheels. From the rear, the rendered image shows that the Magnite may look like a scaled-down version of the Kicks. Overall, the car looks well-proportioned.

Engine-wise, the Magnite may come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. It is likely to be available with two different states of tune. The lower variants will get the naturally-aspirated version of the engine that generates a maximum of 71 Bhp. It is the same engine that also powers the Renault Triber. The higher-end versions will get the turbocharged version of the engine that generates a higher power output.

The Nissan Magnite will also get a slew of features including touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity systems. Nissan might introduce the connected systems for the first time in the Indian market with the new car. The Magnite does not have a launch date yet. However, it should launch around the festive season to gain on the heightened customer transactions during that period. The launch might get delayed due to the COVID-19 related lockdown and disruptions though.

Nissan is also expected to price the Magnite aggressively in the market. Given the competition, the lower variant may undercut all the existing cars in the segment. Last year, all-new cars like the Mahindra XUV300 and the Hyundai Venue entered the segment. This year, alongside Nissan, Kia will also enter the market with its Sonet.