The most awaited product from Nissan is the upcoming new compact SUV which has been named “Magnite”. The new compact-SUV is based on the CMF-A+ platform that we have already seen on the Renault Triber. Recently, Nissan has not been doing well in the Indian market and they want to change that. The easiest way to do this is by introducing a compact-SUV in the market. Every manufacturer knows that the compact-SUVs have been selling like hotcakes recently and Nissan is also going with the same approach.
Today we list down 4 things that we know about the upcoming Nissan Magnite:
Like many other manufacturers, Nissan is also expected to become a petrol-only manufacturer soon. There will be no diesel engine on offer with the compact-SUV. Nissan Magnite will come with two petrol engines on offer. The lower variants will get the same 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that does duty in the Renault Triber. It will produce a max power of 72hp and torque of 96Nm. This should be available with a 5-speed manual or an AMT transmission. There will also be new turbo petrol, 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that will produce around 95hp. It too will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. If this happens then the Magnite will be the first compact-SUV to come with a CVT automatic transmission and that should attract new customers.
The Magnite’s exterior will be more youthful with creases, curves, and strong lines all over the body, unlike the Kicks which is a bit plain in its design. Still, the C-pillar of the new car will slightly resemble the Kicks. Being a small compact-SUV, we expect it to come with squared-off wheel arches with black cladding all-over, alloy wheels, sleek headlights with LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED taillamps.
One of the main aims of Nissan is to offer some features that you usually find in big expensive SUVs. Some features that we expect Nissan to offer are automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a multi-function steering wheel, and more. However, the main highlight of the compact SUV could be the connected car technology and a 360-degree camera.
Nissan will have to try hard to break into a segment dominated by Hyundai Venue and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and one tool would be competitive pricing. The starting price of the Magnite should be around Rs. 5.25 lakhs ex-showroom which will make it the most affordable compact SUV and the automatic transmissions should also be priced lower than the automatic variants of its competitors.
Nissan will have to step up the game if it is to achieve all of this. The Indian market has been obsessed with compact SUVs that are cheap. Also, the cherry on top will be the first in class CVT transmission and features that will come with Magnite. According to the latest rumours, the Nissan Magnite could be launched in August 2020. Nissan Magnite will be competing with Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, and Ford Ecosport.