Nissan Magnite unveiled
Having released a series of teasers and tested the vehicle for miles and miles, Nissan India has unveiled the Magnite compact SUV. The new Nissan Magnite follows the automakers “Nissan Next” strategy and is set to debut in the Indian market early next year.
Although the specs haven’t been released yet by Nissan India, we do know the Magnite will come with 205mm in length, have a boot capacity of 336 litres with the option to fold the rear seats to 60:40 and run on 16-inch machined alloy wheels.
The new Nissan Magnite looks great with butch looks, however the stance appears more crossover like rather than upright SUV. The face gets the traditional Datsun grille along with sweptback angular LED headlights and L-shaped daytime running lights. There’s a genuine hint of SUV flavour with thick side body cladding and skid plates at front, side and rear.
The side profile carries strong presence with masculine haunches at the above the front and rear wheel arches which are important for an SUV. Also along the sides are large windows and floating roof effect at the rear and functional silver finished roof rails.
The rear has a pair of beautifully designed taillights which although not LED resemble them from their design. There’s also the roof spoiler, and a countered boot lid with the newest iteration of the Nissan logo along with Magnite badging in bold lettering.
The interior of the Nissan Magnite has a pleasant cabin that’s finished in all black trim. The dashboard has a neat design with soft touch materials in the middle length of the dashboard. It also gets chrome lined octagonal A/C vents, an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system and rotary A/C controls with screen built within the dials.
The Magnate’s dashboard also has a console below the A/C controls, this console however also forms the part for the wireless charging and a start/stop button. Higher variants are also expected to pack in an air purifier placed below in the console between the front seats.
Talking about features, the Magnite will pack in lots right from LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, alloy wheels, digital instrument cluster with 7.0 inch TFT screen, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 360 degree camera and lots more, tyre pressure monitor, puddle lamps, ambient lighting, six speakers,
Powering the Nissan Magnite upon launch will be 1.0 litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine with manual and CVT automatic options. More details on this will be released closer to launch. What’s clear though is that a diesel engine will not be on the cards anytime soon.
Talking about safety, the Magnite will come with ABS with EBD, Vehicle dynamic control, Traction control system, Hill start assist, dual front airbags, speed sensing and load limiter with pre tensioning seatbelts and speed sensing door lock.
Pricing is a key factor for Nissan especially considering the tough competition around, however we hear Nissan will be undercutting the rivals with lower pricing for base variants atleast.
Talking about paint options, the Magnite will come with 5 single tone and 3 dual tone paint schemes. On the single tone end, there’s Flare garnet red, Sandstone brown, Blade silver, Onyx black and Strom white. The dual tone side has Pearl white with Onyx black, Vivid blue with Storm white and Flare garnet red with Onyx black.
And when it does come here, the Magnite will eat into the sizeable rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Kia Sonnet, Mahindra XUV 3OO and Ford Ecosport, while new comers like the Renault HBC and Citroen’s compact SUV will be arriving soon.