Nissan launched the Magnite last year in India and it has been selling quite well for the manufacturer. People are buying compact SUVs more than any other body style. Magnite shares its platform and engine options with the Renault Kiger Here is an artist who has rendered a 4×4 version of the Magnite. He calls it Magnite Explorer Edition.
The render has been done by Alpha Renders and the pictures are shared on Instagram. The artist says that if Renault had launched the 4×4 version of the Magnite, it would compete against the Suzuki Jimny. Having said that, it is important to note that Renault does not have any plans to launch a 4×4 version of the Magnite.
From the pictures, we can see that up-front, there is a metal bullbar to protect the bumper while off-roading. The bullbar and the grille are now finished in gloss black colour. The design of the render still stays the same as the regular Magnite. So, the LED headlamps and the LED Daytime Running Lamps are the same. Overall, it is easily recognizable as a Magnite. The compact SUV is finished in a dual-paint scheme. The body is finished in silver while the roof is finished in black.
There is a light bar mounted on the roof and a spare tyre has been placed on the roof rack. Speaking of the tyres, the render is using off-road spec tyres and different alloy wheels. The rendered Magnite has been lifted to handle the off-road stuff better. The increased ride height also improves the stance of the Magnite. There is a huge plastic cladding over the wheel arches.
At the rear, the tail lamps are the same ones as the regular Magnite but they do have a smoked effect. There is a rear spoiler and there is a new huge faux skid plate. Another subtle change that the artist has made is that the Magnite badge is now finished in black instead of chrome.
Prices, variants and competitors
Magnite starts at Rs. 5.59 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in five variants, namely XE, XL, XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O). It competes against the Renault Kiger, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport and the upcoming Citroen C3.
Engine and gearbox
Nissan offers the Magnite with two petrol engine options and there is no diesel engine. There is a naturally aspirated engine and a turbocharged engine. Both of them have a displacement of 1.0-litre. The naturally aspirated engine produces 72 PS of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The turbocharged engine produces 100 PS of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic gearbox. The CVT automatic gearbox has a reduced torque output of 152 Nm instead of 160 Nm.