Based on the Nissan Navara pickup, the Terra is a full-size SUV that'll compete against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
This is the all-new Nissan Terra SUV. And first things first, it’s not a crossover with a monocoque body that’s pretending to be an SUV. The Terra is a true-blue, ladder-frame SUV that’s based on Nissan’s popular Navara pickup truck.
On the outside, the Terra draws inspiration from the Navara. The rear-section, however, is all-new for obvious reasons. Coming back to its aesthetics, the Terra doesn’t look dramatic or sleek in any way. Instead, it looks butch and masculine, thanks to its taut bonnet, an aggressive front bumper and large headlamps. The design here is not for everyone, but old-timers will appreciate its in-your-face demeanour.
The dashboard is a direct lift from the Navara as well. The cabin layout is almost identical, and while it doesn’t look fancy, the Terra seems to be decently equipped. There’s a large infotainment screen at the centre and the large analogue dials look cool. The Terra will come with a 5- or 7-seat layout just like its competitors.
There’s no word on Terra’s powertrain as yet, but expect it to come powered by the same 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine that’s offered in the Navara. In the pickup, the engine develops 188bhp and 450Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
At the moment, the Nissan Terra is a China-only product and will be unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show in April. Given the fact the SUV is primarily designed for Asian countries, there’s a good chance of it coming to India. And if the popularity of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour here is anything to go by, the Terra will be worth a shot.