- Official Nissan Magnite unveils on July 16
- It promises to be a head twist with striking LED lighting and a stunning grille.
- It’s expected to be a feature-packed offering with more than a couple of airbags, a sunroof, and a large touchscreen for information and entertainment.
- It will be a gasoline-only offering with a naturally aspirated, turbocharged 1.0-liter engine option.
- Prices could start from Rs 5.5 lakh; It will rival Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Nissan India has released a stunning teaser for its upcoming sub-4m SUV, the Magnite. The SUV will be completely unwrapped on July 16. The official statement sets a release schedule for the second half of the 2020-21 fiscal year. Previously, it was scheduled for the first half of the 2020-21 fiscal year. According to that estimate, you could see it on the floors of the showroom only after the festive season, that is, in the first months of 2021.
The preview reveals the front panel and half of the SUV fascia. It puts on stylish LED headlights and Datsun redi-GO L-shaped LED daytime running lights. A bold front grille, faux skid plate, and side lining add a touch of sturdiness. The new alloy wheel design adds a little more shine to the design. However, expect the production spec model to look a bit more subdued in comparison.
It is quite interesting to note that the Magnite here closely resembles the Datsun redi-GO, especially from the front. It will be based on the Renault Triber platform, which means it can be expected to be a very broad offering. For reference, the Triber boasts a 2636mm wheelbase that upgrades all existing SUVs under 4m and even compact sedans (except Ciaz).
While there’s no communication from Nissan about the Magnite’s feature list, expect it to be similar to the Triber, albeit with the addition of some gear to feel good. Also expect LEDs for taillights, a 360-degree camera, remote engine start / stop, a large touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, and even four airbags. Given the increasing popularity of sunroofs, expect the same in this offer as well.
The Nissan Magnite will be a gasoline-only model that could feature the Renault Triber’s 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine. A turbocharged version of the same engine could also find its way under the hood of the Magnite, displacing around 100PS. While the naturally aspirated engine will be paired with a 5-speed manual, the turbocharged unit could get an optional CVT in addition to the manual option.
We hope that Nissan will offer the Magnite as a good value for money product as it is handling a lot in this new SUV so we hope it will weaken almost all of its rivals. While most rivals get a starting price of around Rs 7 lakh, the Magnite could start at around Rs 5.50 lakh. It will compete with the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and the upcoming Kia Sonet and Renault Kiger.