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 reasons to complain. For instance, the outside rearview mirror adjustment control is placed inconveniently under the handbrake lever, there is no dead pedal to rest your foot on long drives, and there aren’t any steering-mounted controls. On the positive side, because of the sheer interior space, you might tend to forget these niggling problems as the Terrano gets ample storage slots, the door pockets are deep enough to accommodate large bottles, and there is generous headroom, legroom and shoulder room all around. Then, the seats are wide and come with decent thigh-support. What else, you even get 475-litre boot space, which is quite practical—the loading height is not very high and one can place heavy luggage in the boot without much of an effort. The rear passengers on the high-end versions even get rear AC vents.
The Terrano gets all the three hearts of the Duster—the 1.6-litre petrol engine and two variants of the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol motor churns out 104 PS of power and the two diesel variants produce 85 PS and 110 PS, respectively. While there is a 5-speed manual transmission for the petrol and 85 PS diesel, the 110 PS diesel gets a 6-speed manual transmission. The ARAI-certified mileage is 13.24 kmpl (petrol), 20.46 kmpl (85 PS diesel) and 19.01 kmpl (110 PS diesel).
During the media drive from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan we drove all three models extensively, but here we will talk about only the diesel ones for the obvious reason that they will be more in demand. Driving within Udaipur, we found that there was no noticeable difference between the 85 PS and 110 PS. But a few miles out of town, just as we entered the hills, the difference in power was apparent. While the 110 PS easily climbed steep, elevated roads,