Nissan Magnite revealed ahead of July 16
Nissan released a new teaser image of her upcoming ‘B-SUV’ ahead of its unveiling in Japan on July 16. The model will be the smallest global carmaker’s SUV and will take shape in India as the Nissan Magnite compact SUV.
Although the SUV will be seen in prototype form in Japan, Nissan sources inform us that the model on display will be similar to production, with the final product differing only in terms of wheels and tires.
Nissan ‘s latest teaser reveals the SUV under wraps, with only the portion of the front-right viewable. Exaggerated features such as the thick arches of the axle, wide wheels covered in off-road tires, and scuff plates are evident, which are typical of concept car traits. For the final product, those will be toned down. There are also a few straightforward picture takeaways.
The bright and stretched-back headlights of the SUV are identical to the Nissan Kicks’ wider headlights. Around the same time, there is a strong connection with Datsun products-the large and revolutionary L-shaped DRL is a feature we’ve seen on the Datsun Redigo’s latest version, while the octagonal grille is also very Datsun-like in design.
Note, the B-SUV (codename: EM2) was initially intended to wear the Datsun logo but decided to remove the brand completely intended that the SUV would actually go on sale with a Nissan logo.
The SUV’s bright and stretched-back headlights are similar to the wider headlights of the Nissan Kicks. There is a close link with Datsun products at the same time-the large and innovative L-shaped DRL is a feature we’ve seen on the latest edition of the Datsun Redigo, while the octagonal grille is also quite Datsun-like in style.
The initial aim of the B-SUV (codename: EM2) was to wear the Datsun logo but choosing to drop the brand completely meant that the SUV should eventually go on sale with a Nissan logo.
Nissan has announced that, in the second half of FY2021, the new B-SUV will go on sale. Launch in India is only planned in January 2021. The model was previously planned for a sale date in August 2020, but due to coronavirus-related delays and a low buyer feeling, the launch plan was pushed back by a couple of months.
The Nissan Magnite will come with the options of not one but two generators. A 72hp/ 96Nm, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder BR10 petrol engine from the Renault Triber will come in lower trims. This engine comes with a standard 5-speed manual and is also supposed to get an option for an AMT gearbox.
The second engine is going to be the more powerful 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, HR10 turbo-petrol model churning out about 95hp. Gearbox options will include either a 5-speed manual or automatic CVT.
From a range of compact SUVs and even its own platform-mate, the Renault Kiger, the Nissan Magnite will face intense competition in our market.
Nissan’s SUV will be fitted to the hilt with equipment which could include segment-firsts like a 360-degree parking camera in order to get a jump over its rivals. This will also come with connected car tech from the Kicks, a large infotainment touchscreen system, auto climate control, and steering-mounted controls, to name a few.
As far as pricing is concerned, the Nissan Magnite is being aggressively priced for the entry-level model at about Rs 5.25 lakh. Additionally, a sub-Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag could be used also for the turbo-petrol variant with a CVT.