Earlier, it was reported that Nissan is working on a new XV Executive variant for their Magnite compact SUV. Now, the new variant has been spotted at a dealership yard. The XV Executive variant will sit between XL and XV trims. The new variant is expected to launch soon in the Indian market.
The XV Executive variant will cost Rs. 52,000 more than the XL variant. Nissan has added quite a few features in the new variant. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 60:40 split rear seat with centre armrest, silver side cladding, height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera for parking and ISOFIX child seat mounts. There is also a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs on Android. It also has MirrorLink, Google Maps, Split Screen and video playback support.
The current prices of Magnite start at Rs. 5.71 lakhs ex-showroom. This makes the Magnite, the second most affordable compact SUV in the segment. The top-end variant of the Magnite is priced at Rs. 10.15 lakhs ex-showroom.
Rivals and variants
Magnite competes against Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Renault Kiger and the upcoming Citroen C3. Nissan offers Magnite in five variants, namely XE, XL, XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O). The XV Executive will be the sixth variant on offer.
Nissan offers a Tech Pack only with the XV Premium variant. The price of Tech Pack is around Rs. 38,000. It gets you an air purifier, wireless charger, LED scuff plates, a high-end JBL sound system, puddle lamps and ambient lighting.
Engine and gearbox
Nissan offers the Magnite in two petrol engine options. There is no diesel on offer. There is a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 72 PS of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque. It is offered only with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The turbo petrol engine produces 100 PS of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission. If you opt for the CVT, the torque output is decreased to 152 Nm.
Nissan has delivered 30,000 Magnites
Magnite has been a very successful product for Nissan. They have received 72,000 bookings for the Magnite and they have delivered 30,000 units. Because of this, Magnite is the best selling vehicle for Nissan. It attracts quite a lot of attention from buyers who are in the market for a hatchback but Nissan is offering a compact SUV for the same price.
Magnite is a tall vehicle and has a good ground clearance of 205 mm. The design of the Magnite is also different from other compact SUVs or hatchbacks. But, it all comes down to the price. Yes, Magnite might lack some features but it has been priced very competitively and compact SUVs are currently selling like hotcakes.