The sub-4 meter SUV genre is arguably one of the hottest and most popular ones in the Indian market. The segment repeatedly sells witnesses rising stars all the time, cars that capture the market with a storm and refuse to back down. One such (likely) upcoming star is the 2021 Nissan Magnite. After glimpses utilizing spy shots and teasers, Nissan’s Indian arm has just taken the wraps off of the Magnite for the whole world to see. So far, the Japanese marque has had a hard time converting prospective buyers into actual long-term clients. Most of its models that have been sold in India have failed to capture the hearts & minds of the car-buying public. However, with the arrival of the all-new Magnite, that fate might very well change and propel the company out of oblivion.
The 2021 Nissan Magnite is built on the same CMF-A+ architecture as the one seen underpinning the Renault Triber. That isn’t really a surprise as the CMF platform is a joint Nissan-Renault venture. One of the most endearing qualities of these sub-4 meter crossovers/SUVs is their overall design and personality. On this front, the Nissan Magnite seems to possess all the right stuff as far as most SUV loving buyers are concerned. The assertive front fascia of the Magnite rocks a large hexagonal grille with chrome surrounds, stylish headlamps, and L-shaped LED daytime running lights. The high muscular hood adds to the crossover’s burly nature, while the lower portion of the bumper integrates LED fog lamps and a faux skid plate. The front design of the Nissan Magnite definitely looks the part.
The Magnite gets plenty of body cladding and flared wheel arches to communicate its “SUV” vibe. This is further assisted by its high ground clearance, boldly-styled 16-inch alloy wheels, and vividly pronounced front and rear haunches. Unlike some other modern crossover designs, the Magnite’s roof has been kept fairly flat while also incorporating faux roof rails to the mix. At the back, there is a roof spoiler, a steeply raked rear window, protruding tail lamps, a well carved-out tailgate, and a bumper with more plastic cladding and a faux skid plate. For a sub-4 meter vehicle, the Nissan Magnite’s form-factor and appearance are pretty decent. When finished in one of its contrasty dual-tone colors, this crossover will garner you some praises.
Stepping into the cabin of the 2021 Nissan Magnite, one of the first things to grab your attention will be its dual digital displays. The instrument cluster uses a 7.0-inch TFT screen to display vital driving stats, while the touchscreen for the infotainment system utilizes an 8.0-inch panel. In terms of their actual functioning, I think that the gauge cluster graphics look a little too funky and cartoonish. Then again, that is just personal preference. Another one of the Magnite’s interior that will get you curious (in a good way) is its hexagonal AC vents on the dashboard. If you have seen the interior shots of a Lamborghini Huracan, these will seem familiar to you. The rest of the cabin is quite unremarkable, but the Magnite does come with front & rear armrests, well-bolstered front seats, and chrome-finished HVAC knobs.
The large windows of the Magnite should give you some respite from all the dark plastics in this interior, though the grey cloth-like inserts on the door pads look interesting. In terms of features, the Nissan Magnite can be equipped with keyless entry with push-button ignition, wireless charger, automatic climate control with rear vents, LED headlamps, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, cruise control, mood lighting, a JBL premium audio rig, and a surround-view camera system. The Magnite’s safety suite includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), rear parking sensors, and speed-sensing door locks.
Also Read – Hyundai Venue Prices Increased Ahead of Diwali
Under that flamboyant hood, the Nissan Magnite is powered by a tiny 1.0-liter petrol engine. Depending on which variant you pick, this could either be a naturally-aspirated motor from the Kwid or a punchier turbocharged three-popper that makes 98.6hp and 160Nm. Meanwhile, the lower-output unit is only suitable for around 71hp. The turbo-petrol engine will be offered with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or Nissan’s X-tronic CVT, and is rated at 20 kmpl. Once launched, the 2021 Nissan Magnite will go head-to-head with cars like the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Breazza, Ford EcoSport, and Tata Nexon to name a few. Expected price tag for the 2021 Nissan Magnite is in the region of between Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 10.00 lakh (ex-showroom).