Nissan’s upcoming Magnite compact-SUV: Variants explained

Nissan India has been able to gather around a lot of hype around its first compact-SUV. The Magnite will soon be launched in the Indian market. Yes, they have the Kicks which is a mid-size SUV, but it was never so successful when compared to the rivals. The Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos are leagues ahead of the Kicks due to which the sales of the Kicks were disappointing for Nissan. However, the Magnite might change all of this. Nissan has been able to undercut the prices of other compact-SUVs such as Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos, Maruti Vitara Brezza and others. This might change the decision of some buyers because the price and the features that Nissan is offering names the Magnite a very compelling buy.

Variants, Engines and transmissions

Nissan has introduced four variants with the Magnite. There are the XE, XL, XV and XV Premium. Nissan will be offering the Magnite with two engine options. There is the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. It produces 72 HP of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to just a 5-speed manual gearbox. Then there is the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 100 HP of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque when mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. You can also get a CVT gearbox with the turbo petrol engine, but it produces 152 Nm of peak torque. The naturally aspirated engine will be offered with all the variants while the turbo petrol will be offered with all the variants except the base XE variant. Today, we list down the features that each variant will be offering.


This is the base variant of the Magnite and it will be offered only with the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. As standard, it will get quite a bit of safety equipment. Nissan is offering dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Anti-roll bar, rear parking sensors, immobilizer, child lock, automatic warning hazards on heavy braking, seat belt reminders and rear defogger as standard from the base variant. You get body-coloured bumpers and door handles. The compact-SUV also gets front and rear power windows and adjustable headrests for front and rear which a lot of rivals do not offer on some lower variants. It is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels with hub caps and a rear spoiler with a LED high mounted stop light.


The XL variant sits above the base variant and adds quite a bit of equipment to the Magnite. You get remote keyless entry, coloured ORVMs with turn indicators, dual-tone wheel covers, rear armrest, split rear seats, USB port with fast charge for charging mobile devices and a 2 DIN integrated infotainment system with Bluetooth. It also adds multi-function steering wheel, electric adjust and fold for ORVMs and a rear parcel tray. If you opt for the turbocharged engine you get ISOFIX, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and Hydraulic Brake Assist. Nissan also offers request switches with chrome door handles, footrest, engine push button to start/stop, i-key with the CVT transmission.


Then comes the XV variant which sits just below the top-end XV Premium variant. It adds LED fog lamps, rear camera with projection guideline, i-key, LED Daytime Running Lamp, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, height-adjustable driver seat, seatback pockets, rear armrest, split seats, engine push button to start/stop and an illuminated glovebox and trunk. It also adds 7-inch TFT screen for the instrument cluster which comes with a Multi-information display and an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system which is equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and voice recognition.


XV Premium

This is the top of the line variant of the Magnite. It is equipped with everything that Nissan has to offer. It adds LED Bi projector headlamps, premium fabric upholstery with leather accents, around view monitor, tyre pressure monitoring system, centre console finished in Black and leather-wrapped steering wheel with stitching. With the Turbo petrol engine, you also get Nissan Connect, which is Nissan’s connected car technology and smartwatch connectivity.

Tech Pack

Nissan is offering a Tech Pack which should cost around Rs. 30,000. It is available only with the XV and XV Premium variant. It adds a wireless charger, air purifier, JBL speakers, LED Scuff Plates, ambient mood lighting and puddle lamps.

Nissan Magnite’s is expected to be priced around Rs. 5.5 lakhs ex-showroom to Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom for the top-end variant. Nissan Magnite will be competing against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and the upcoming Renault Kiger.