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Terrano: Bend it like Nissan

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Renault-Nissan alliance takes the badge-engineering route and comes up with the Terrano—a reworked Duster. Renault-Nissan alliance takes the badge-engineering route and comes up with the Terrano—a reworked Duster.
SummaryMajor styling changes actually make this SUV look like a proper Nissan.

Because it gets the traditional Nissan grille, because it gets reworked bumpers, and because it gets new front and rear lamp assembly, at first glance, the Terrano doesn’t one bit look like the Duster

Now, this is getting interesting. July 2012: Renault launches the Duster. The small SUV creates a new segment in the Indian market and eats into Mahindra Scorpio sales. Ford gets proactive. June 2013: the American carmaker launches the EcoSport. The even smaller SUV (actually, a tall hatchback) eats into Duster sales. Renault-Nissan alliance takes the badge-engineering route and comes up with the Terrano—a reworked Duster. And not just mild tweaks but major styling changes that actually make this SUV look like a proper Nissan.

Exterior

Because it gets the traditional Nissan grille, because it gets reworked bumpers, and because it gets new front and rear lamp assembly, at first glance, the Terrano doesn’t one bit look like the Duster. In fact, from the front it appears to be a small X-Trail. The headlamps are neatly blended into the grille and the bonnet has sharp lines that go all the way from the grille to the windshield. It is only when you check out its side profile that you are reminded of the Duster. Which is a good thing. The buyers who would want to upgrade to the more-premium Terrano would welcome this. The two major differences on the side profile are that the B and C pillars of the Terrano are blacked out unlike its French cousin, and the high-end variant of the Terrano rides on jazzy 10-spoke alloy wheels, unlike the bland ones seen on the Duster. The rear gets a twin-piece tail light cluster that looks good. There is also a large chrome bar that sits on top of the rear number-plate. But like the Duster, the Terrano continues with the lift-type door handles, although we would have appreciated the more upmarket grab-type door handles.

Interior

Because it is quite tall and because it has got wide doors, the ingress and egress from the Terrano is easy. And once you are inside the cabin, the light colours provide a good sense of space. Although Nissan has worked upon the Duster’s cabin and has upscaled it—there is a new lidded storage area on top of the restyled centre console, the AC vents have gone rectangular and also get chrome outlining, there is a new multimedia system—you might still have minor

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