Nissan Terrano Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Nissan Terrano Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Nissan Terrano Overview

The Nissan Terrano is an SUV offered by Nissan and comes in one petrol variant and three diesel variants. The petrol engine is a 1.6 litre unit and the diesel engine is a 1.5 litre motor. It comes with a 6 speed manual transmission for both engines and the diesel engine is also paired with an AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) automatic gearbox. In terms of safety, it comes with Anti lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger side and front impact beams, speed sensing automatic door locks and hazard warning switch. Key features include all power windows, power steering, speed sensing auto door lock, music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth and front fog lamps. Nissan Terrano in Tryaldrive

Nissan Terrano Design & Style

Dimensionally, Nissan Terrano measures 4.33m in length with a width of 1.83m. Its overall height with the fixed roof rail is 1.67m. The wheelbase of 2.67m adds more to the interior spacing which is already abundant given its incredible height. Nissan Terrano has a ground clearance of 205mm, which is similar to that of Renault Duster, but is an add-on advantage that will keep this SUV going easily on any terrain.

The side profile of Nissan Terrano has angular bold lines which are different from Duster’s curvy lines. The flared wheel-arches make the Terrano look aggressive, distinguishing it from most of Nissan’s models in India. The doors have two horizontal creases in them that enhance the butch look, but it isn’t enough to alleviate the organic lines of the rest of the car. The rear end bears no similarity to any of the Nissan SUVs and it is evident that Nissan has developed a new tail lamp cluster without fiddling too much with the Duster lamps. It gets a chrome garnish to add a premium feel, but the overall appearance is rugged with roof rails and silver skid plates.

The flared up wheel arches of this SUV are endowed with a set of diamond-cut 16” machined light -weight alloy wheels in the top end variants, while the base as well as the mid variants are fitted with similar sized robust steel wheels, which certainly make the SUV look sportier. These classy rims have been further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 215/65 R16, which have a superior road grip on any terrain.

Nissan Terrano Cabin & Comfort

The majority of the changes in the 2017 version are given to the cabin. The first difference instantly evident is the new dual toned black and chocolate brown interior theme replacing the earlier beige scheme. The new colour scheme might have been given to hide those dirts and grimes in a better way. Another noticeable aspect or say the most demanding one is the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The unit is slick to operate with large icons but in terms of resolution display, it is not the best out there. The system also supports navigation along with the facility of USB, Bluetooth, and Aux-in connectivity. The decibels are offered by 4-speakers. Strangely, contemporary features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has been conspicuously missed out. Even cars below the segment are offering these features.

The Nissan Terrano comes with a different steering wheel than that of Duster with silver finished inserts lending it a more upmarket feel. But this time around, the carmaker has added audio controls on the steering as well as controls for cruising. The driver gets new foldable armrest while the door pads get soft-touch insert. Moreover, the centrally mounted rear ac vents seen in the earlier model has now been replaced by cupholder. Other additional features in the new model include anti-pinch driver-side window, speed limiter, and one-touch turn indicators. The instrument cluster is redesigned which provides a plethora of information such as fuel efficiency, average speed, distance to empty as well as information on liters consumed which is quite unique.

Besides, the Terrano retains all the positives of the cabin. This includes the spacious interiors with utter comfortable seats and the roominess seems to be complementing the new colour scheme. There is enough room for three passengers at the back while the huge trunk is more than enough to dump those large bags you are carrying for longer journeys. In terms of features, the car remains intact with the air conditioner with pollen filter, rear glass washer, lumbar support, and seat height adjustment, 12V socket at both front and rear passengers, trunk room lamp and reading lamps for rear passengers.  

Nissan Terrano Engine & Gearbox

The Nissan Terrano comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The diesel engine comes in two states of tune in which it generates 84 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm while in the other state of tune, it produces 109 hp of power at 3,900 rpm and 248 Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm. The petrol engine makes 103 hp of power at 5,350 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpmThe Nissan Terrano comes with a six speed manual transmission for the diesel engine that has 109 hp of power while the petrol engine and the lower state of tune diesel engine is offered with a 5 speed gearbox. The Nissan Terrano diesel is also available in an AMT.

The Nissan Terrano has an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 13.2 kmpl for the petrol variants and 19 kmpl for diesel variant which is acceptable for its segment.The mileage quotient ranks very highly of the preference list of the Indian population and the Nissan Terrano impresses on this front. The 1.5-liter Diesel engine with 108.5bhp of power output registers a mileage of 19kmpl, while the same engine with 83.8bhp of power output produces an impeccable mileage of 20.5kmpl. The 1.6-liter Petrol engine gives a mileage of 13.2 kmpl and these statistics make Terrano a fuel-efficient SUV.Check for Nissan Terrano in 

Nissan Terrano Ride & Handling

The diesel engine takes 12 seconds to cross the 100 kmph mark and slates a top speed figure of 175kmph. On the other end, the Petrol version attains a top speed of 165 kmph and takes 10 seconds to cross the 100 kmph mark from standstill.Both engines are incredible performers and thus Terrano doesn’t feel sluggish at any given moment. The Nissan Terrano line-up has both Petrol and Diesel engine based versions. The Petrol engine is a 1.6-litre Multi Point Fuel Injection (MPFI) based engine, which is coded as 1.6K4M. It has the ability to displace 1598cc and can yield about 102.6bhp at 5850rpm along with 145Nm of peak torque value at 3750rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. On the other hand, the diesel variants come with two power options, 85PS (83.8bhp) and the other more powerful 110PS (108.5bhp). This fuel efficient 1461cc, K9K, dCi diesel engine is quite powerful and is delivering an impressive performance. It offers a peak torque of 248Nm at 2250rpm in combination with a maximum power output of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box.

Nissan Terrano Braking & Safety

The braking in the car is above average and the pedal feels a little spongy at high speed. The car comes to halt without any trouble and the capability is far better than SUVs from brands like Mahindra and Tatas. In terms of safety, the carmaker has given dual front airbags as standard fitment across the variants. The higher variants offer ABS with EBD, ESP with Hill Start Assist, reverse parking sensors, impact sensing auto door lock, rear defogger and speed sensing auto door lock among others.

Nissan Terrano Price in Bangalore

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,90,293/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,29,822/- (Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT). Get best offers for Nissan Terrano from Nissan Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Terrano price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Verdict

The Indian auto market is in for a treat from Nissan in the form of a fuel-efficient SUV named Terrano that is superior to its French cousin Renault Duster. The Renault-Nissan consortium has an agreement that the donor car will be positioned below the new model and hence the prices of the Terrano are higher as compared to the Duster. The good news for Indians is that the difference between the Terrano and its French cousin is a meagre 40,000 even for the top variant in India for price sensitivity is high in India.

The few things that differentiate the Terrano from the Duster include looks, ergonomics and interior quality – all of which rank high on any buyer’s priority list. This compact crossover competes with the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Safari Storme, Force One and the Mahindra Scorpio in India. Terrano comes with the age-old Nissan branding that is being used since the 80s across the globe. Akin to the sale pattern of Duster, Terrano is targeted primarily at the developing countries of the world. It is not just a cosmetically enhanced version of Renault Duster but has robust underpinnings.

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