The SUV/crossover segment has witnessed a number of new players entering with their products in India. Despite introducing an AMT or Automated Manual Transmission, the Japanese carmaker hasn’t been able to garner decent sales figures of the Nissan Terrano. In fact, the SUV has been the poorest seller in its segment where its alliance sibling, the Renault Duster still has a reasonable share. In January 2017, Nissan sold 256 Terrano models whereas the 277 SUVs were sold in December 2016. The reason for this low volume of sales is a below average interior with lesser number of features, unlike its competitors. Now, however, the company is gearing up to introduce a facelifted version of the Nissan Terrano.
Changes in the new Terrano are likely to remain cosmetic which would include LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), LED tail lamps and a reworked front fascia. The rear is expected to remain same in terms of its silhouette, albeit the tail lamp design. The interior is where most of the changes are speculated to occur. The facelifted version is expected to now get a touchscreen infotainment system, an automatic climate control and optional all-black interior colour theme. In addition to the interior changes, the company will offer ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Brake Assist as well as dual front airbags as a standard part of the equipment. In the current model offered by Nissan, the base XE variant is offered only with a driver airbag.
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The powertrain options available on the current range of the Nissan Terrano is a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine, which are likely to be carried over in the facelifted model. The diesel engine is offered in two states of tune, one generating 83 hp of power and 200 Nm of torque while the other producing 109 hp of power and 248 Nm of torque. The more powerful diesel Nissan Terrano is offered with a 6-speed transmission while the lower state of tune is available with a 5-speed gearbox. The petrol engine churns out 103 hp of power and 145 Nm of torque and this unit is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Some of the diesel Terrano trims are offered with a 6-speed AMT gearbox which is also expected to continue.
When re-introduced, the Nissan Terrano will compete with the likes of the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta. Price tag of the facelifted model is expected to command a premium over the current retail range which starts from Rs 9.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 10.95 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
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