Indian automobile market is going through tough times amidst economic crisis. Increasing fuel prices has hit buyer sentiments which have brought down sales in the car segment. Under such circumstances companies have discovered success in SUVs by coming out with some wonderful auto-crafts which stand just above the premium hatchback segment. The French car maker Renault was one of the first to succeed in this arena. Renault’s Japanese partner Nissan is now prepared to enter into this arena with the Duster based compact SUV. Nissan has named it as Terrano and the SUV differentiates itself from the French product through its muscular design traits and wonderfully finished cabin. While industry experts speculate on whether this product will affect the sales of Duster, Nissan-Renault alliance is betting on the features and equipment that differentiate Terrano from other entry-level SUVs to position it in a slightly premium range as compared to rivals in the market.
Nissan is offering the Terrano in both petrol and diesel engine options and in three engine types with different power delivering capabilities. There are about 7 variants for the compact SUV which is available in 6 different colour shades namely Pearl White, Sapphire Black, Bronze Grey, Fire Red, Sterling Grey and Blade Silver.
The engine for Terrano comes straight from Renault———s house, picked from K-Type engine family. There are two diesel engines and one petrol engine in the options list and each one of these units are tuned to deliver different outputs. The 1.6K4M is a 1598 cc petrol mill which uses Multi-Point Fuel Injection system and EGR technology to deliver higher power and torque, with improved thermal efficiency. The maximum power given out from this petrol engine is 102.6 bhp. The diesel engines come from K9K dCi family and are 1461 cc turbocharged units which make use of common-rail direct injection technique. The engine is developed by Renault-Nissan alliance and the Japanese car maker has altered the engine to give different power outputs. One of these diesel engines over the Terrano delivers 108.5 bhp and the other unit comes out with 83.8 bhp. The 108.5 bhp engine is coupled with 6-speed manual gearbox while the other diesel and petrol units get 5-speed manual transmission.
The suspensions and chassis are all designed to suit city drives and they are capable of doing exceptionally well on highways and terrains as well. Nissan tries to differentiate itself from other products in the market through this multi-faceted approach.
While Nissan came out with plans of Duster based SUV many enthusiasts suspected the success of this move since the Renault product has been doing well and Nissan had to do something very different to differentiate its product from that of its’ French partner. The Japanese car maker has done a pretty decent job in this regard and has come out with a model which has more SUV traits compared to its sibling. The bulgy wheel arches, roof-rails and the overall silhouette remains similar to the Duster, but the difference comes in the form of trademark V chrome grille of Nissan. With black mesh covering the background, the bold V-shaped chrome grille is truly appealing. Going further Nissan has designed V-shaped line which bulge over the hood to meet the chrome grille. The diamond-cut alloy wheels can fascinate audience with its beauty. At rear there are combination tail lights which split between the tail gate and rear quarter panel to give a distinguishing finish to the compact SUV.
On the inside, the Terrano feels more comfortable and posh with use of great quality materials for dashboard, door panels and seats. Leather upholstery is offered for top-end variants while other vehicles get fabric seat covers. Beige coloured fabric gives a warm and relaxing feel to the cabin. Dashboard is simple in design and is finished with black and beige colour shades. MP3 player with Bluetooth connectivity comes as a standard feature from mid-range models. Nissan has also designed dedicated AC vents for rear-seats and gives special trims for door handles and centre console. With vast boot space at rear there is enough room for luggage during a long vacation.
Having the build qualities of an SUV, the Terrano comes with few basic safety features which are good enough to take care of passengers during highway and city drives. ABS with EBD and BA comes as standard feature in few variants. Airbags for front passenger and driver are offered in top-end variant along with ABS.