Nissan has been working on a sub-4 meter compact SUV for quite some time and they have also released couple of teaser images of the new vehicle. The upcoming SUV, which is likely to be called Magnite, will compete with vehicles such as the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport in the sub-4 meter segment. Nissan has now released another video with some of their international models in which the front profile of Magnite has also been teased.
The video teases Magnite compact SUV twice in the whole video. In the first instance, the Magnite is represented with the word in the video. In the second instance, the front of the car is vaguely seen among other cars. The Magnite is right next to the facifted Nissan Kicks e-Power in the video. From the video it seems like, the upcoming Magnite will have a wide grille with chrome inserts on both sides. There will be ‘L’ shaped LED DRLs and the headlights are also expected to have some LED elements in them.
From the video, it also seems like Nissan Magnite will also get a faux skid plate and roof rails to make it look more like a SUV. The Magnite is based on CMF-A+ platform which is already seen in cars like Renault Triber MPV, the Kwid and the Datsun Redi-Go hatchbacks. The new sub-4 meter offering will be placed below Kicks and will be the most affordable SUV from the brand.
The Magnite will be available only with a petrol engine only. Almost every manufacturer in India is moving away from diesel engines and concentrating more on petrol engines. The new Nissan compact SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.0 litre, three cylinder naturally aspirated engine that generates 72 Bhp and 96 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be available with 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox. There is another possibility that the higher variants of the Magnite will be powered by a more powerful 1.0 litre, three cylinder turbo petrol engine generating 95 Bhp. It might even get an option of a CVT gearbox along with manual transmission.
Nissan will have to make sure that the cabin of the Magnite is feature loaded as most of the brands in the segment already offer feature loaded cars. We all know that Nissan has not been doing great in terms of sale in our market and this could be a chance for them to regain the market by aggressively pricing the new compact SUV.