Terrano: Bend it like Nissan

Oct 01 2013, 20:29 IST
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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.

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.

Powerplant

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).

Performance

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, helped by a huge 248 Nm of torque, the 85 PS demanded a downshift most times (it produces a maximum torque of 200 Nm). On straight roads, though, we could feel the difference only when we went higher than 100 kmph. As we re-entered the town, we again couldn’t tell which one is 85 PS and which one is not.

Drive verdict: Both the diesel motors are sufficient. If you generally drive within city limits, we suggest you check out the 85 PS one; it will also be cheaper to buy. But if you want a bit more fun from your

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