Nissan has finally unveiled its sub-4m SUV, the Magnite and as we have earlier seen in the spy shots, the Magnite looks largely identical to its concept.
Upfront. It features sleek LED upswept headlamps flanking the octagonal grille. The bumper looks sporty with L-shaped DRLs, LED fog lamps and a faux skid plate. The side profile looks muscular with flared wheel arches housing dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels. Coming to the rear, it features wrap-around split tail lamps flanking the new Nissan badge and the Magnite badging in the centre of the tailgate. The rear bumper gets dual-tone treatment with a faux skid plate.
The interior of the Maginte also looks similar to the concept with octagonal AC vents (mimicking the front grille) and a large central touchscreen. Although Nissan has not unveiled the entire feature list of the Magnite but has revealed some of its segment-first features.
It gets a 360-degree camera, 7-inch driver’s display, tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, electronic stability program, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, hill launch assist, traction control, push-button start, auto AC with rear AC vents, wireless mobile charging 60:40 split rear seats, manual day/night IRVM, adjustable rear headrest, rear centre armrest, rear washer and wiper and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, the Magnite will be powered by the HR10 Turbo petrol engine. It is basically a turbocharged version of the BR10 engine that powers the Renault Triber. Where the Triber makes 72PS, the Magnite makes 100PS. While Nissan has confirmed the Maginte will get a CVT transmission, we expect it to get a 5-speed manual transmission as well, at least in the lower variants. Nissan might also offer the naturally aspirated version of the 1.0-litre engine on lower variants of the Magnite.
Nissan has not yet announced a launch date for the Maginte but we expect it go on sale by January 2021. Prices are expected to range from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. It will take on likes of the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
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