Nissan debuted the Magnite concept in July 2020. Now, the carmaker has confirmed that the production-spec Magnite will be unveiled on 21 October 2020. Nissan has also revealed some slightly-disguised images of the Magnite and it looks quite similar to the concept.
The front end consists of a hexagonal grille flanked by sleek headlamps. The test mule gets halogen headlamps which indicate that the production-spec model will also get halogen units, and not LEDs. The side profile looks muscular with flared wheel arches and body cladding. Coming to the rear, it gets LED taillamps, a clean tailgate and a multi-layered bumper with a faux skid plate. The test mule also featured a dual-tone finish with a blacked-out roof.
Nissan has not unveiled the interior of the Magnite, but expect it to follow the design theme of its concept. The Magnite is expected to be loaded on the features front. It will get a 360-degree camera, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multiple airbags and connected car tech.
Under the hood, the Magnite is expected to get two petrol engines. One will be Triber’s 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated unit making 72PS and 96Nm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed AMT. The second engine on offer will be the turbocharged version of the same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine producing around 100PS and paired to a manual transmission (5MT or 6MT) and a CVT.
The Magnite is expected to go on sale in early 2021. Prices are expected to start around Rs 6 lakh. At this price, it will be the most affordable sub-4m SUV in the country. It will take on the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport and the Kia Sonet.