Nissan has just unveiled its 2021 Magnite SUV to compete with the sub-4m SUVs like Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V, Mahindra XUV300, and the upcoming Kia Sonet. Here are all the details we have about the upcoming B2 segment SUV.
Nissan Magnite 2021 Engine Details
The Magnite may borrow its 1.0-litre normal petrol engine along with the AMT automatic transmission. The normal petrol engine will get a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT automatic. The power and torque output of this engine will be 72PS and 96Nm, respectively.
The car will almost certainly get a turbocharged version of this 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine to offer torque comparable with other turbocharged SUVs like Venue, Nexon and XUV300. Renault had shown off this engine at the Auto Expo 2020. This engine will make around 100PS of power and 160Nm of torque. This engine may get a CVT automatic transmission and will serve the upper end of customers seeking better performance and refinement from a car.
Nissan Magnite Confirmed Features
Here are the confirmed features of the upcoming Magnite SUV:
8-inch touchscreen infotainment
Internet-connected telematics features
Here are the expected features of the Magnite:
Front and rear armrests
Rear AC vents
Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
We can expect these features for the Magnite because these are already available in some of the other compact SUVs of the segment. Magnite will need to at least meet the baseline expectations of this segment buyers.
Nissan Magnite 2021 Launch Timeframe
Nissan has said that the Magnite will launch in the second half of the financial year 2020-21. That means it’s likely to launch after the festive season. Usually, the festive season is the biggest selling time and sales usually taper off during the last quarter of a calendar year. Thus, there are only a handful of new car launches during that time. Most of the carmakers hold new car launches for the next calendar year to offer the psychological benefits of being 1 year newer. Therefore, we expect the Magnite to go on sale early in 2021.
Magnite’s Renault cousin could launch just ahead of the festive season giving the Magnite about 6 months of breathing time.
2021 Nissan Magnite Expected Price
Considering that the Nissan Magnite uses the Triber’s underpinnings and powertrain, we can expect it to launch with a very competitive starting price. The Triber’s sub-5.0 lakh price also gave it a healthy boost and the Nissan would want that for the Magnite too. Rumours suggest that Nissan is trying hard to keep the Magnite’s starting price under Rs. 5.0 lakh and undercut its rivals by at least Rs. 2.0 lakh. A Rs. 4.XX lakh starting price would make it an impulsive purchase for some buyers. It is a tall order but also a necessity considering the economic slowdown and stiff competition in the subcompact SUV segment. We believe a starting ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 5.25 lakh is definitely realistic.