Nissan is set to enter the sub-4m SUV segment with the launch of the Magnite in early 2021. We have already seen the Magnite in its concept form and in some spy shots, but its patent images have now been leaked on the internet revealing the SUV’s production version design completely.
The production-spec Magnite looks largely similar to its concept version. Upfront, it gets a large trapezoidal grille flanked by the upswept headlamps at the top and L-shaped DRLs at the bottom. The lower half of the bumper looks different from the concept as it accommodates a central air dam flanked by a set of fog lamps. The production-spec Magnite will get faux skid plates -- much like its concept.
The production-spec Magnite will look similar to the concept on the side as well, with flared and squared-off wheel arches and a sharp character line running at the bottom half of the SUV. The patent images do not reveal the design of the alloy wheels, but we expect them to be smaller than the ones seen on the Magnite concept.
The story remains unchanged at the back as well. The production-spec Magnite looks largely identical to the concept except for a modified rear bumper with a faux skid plate and a number plate housing.
Nissan has not revealed much about the interiors of the Magnite except for some features including a 360-degree parking camera, cruise control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlamps and connected car tech. Other expected features include cruise control, auto AC with rear AC vents, push-button start/stop and an electric sunroof.
Under the hood, the Magnite is expected to share its engine with the Renault Triber, which gets a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 72PS and 96Nm mated to either a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AMT. Since the Magnite will go against the likes of the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and Mahindra XUV300, we expect Nissan to also introduce a more powerful turbocharged version of the 1.0-litre engine on the Magnite. This engine is likely to produce around 100PS of power.
As far as the launch is concerned, Nissan has said the Maginte will go on sale in the second half of FY 2020-2021 and we expect the launch to happen in the early part of 2021.