In about an hour from now, Nissan India will officially reveal the Magnite sub-4 meter SUV, which is due for launch early next year. Even before the official unveil, images of the Nissan compact SUV that will challenge the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and other similar sub-4 meter offerings have leaked. Here’s the first look of the brand new, 2021 Nissan Magnite sub-4 meter compact SUV.
As the leaked images indicate, the Nissan Magnite looks like a scaled down version of the Kicks, which is the only SUV that the Japanese automaker sells in India. While the Kicks shares its platform with the likes of the Renault Duster and Captur, the Magnite uses the low cost CMF-A platform, which it shares with the likes of the Renault Kwid and Triber. Notably, another sub-4 meter compact SUV – called the Renault Kiger (code-named HBC) – will also use the same platform, and will share its mechanical attributes with the Magnite.
The images indicate a bold front end with a massive grille, swept back LED headlamps and prominent day time running lights, and fog lamps on the front bumper. A dual tone paint scheme, muscular wheel arches with matte black cladding, body cladding, bumper inserts at the front and rear and turbo badging are other details that are visible in the leaked picture.
The Nissan Magnite will have tail lamps similar to those on the Renault Triber and the rear windscreen gets a defogger and wash-wipe function. Diamond cut alloy wheel with a distinct design, automatic climate control, digital instrument cluster, a USB charging point and an automatic gearshifter are other details that can be seen in the leaked pictures.
The Nissan Magnite will use a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that will also make an appearance on the Renault Triber and Kiger. This motor is expected to make about 100 Bhp of peak power and 160 Nm of peak torque.
A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard on the Nissan Magnite, and it’s anticipated that either a CVT automatic gearbox or automated manual transmission (AMT) will be offered as an option.
Nissan India is betting big on the Magnite, which could turn around the automaker’s fortunes if it becomes a hot seller. A sharp price tag is a given considering the high amount of local content the Magnite will pack in. The compact SUV will be built at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Chennai.