It has only been over a week since the all-new Nissan Magnite was formally revealed in India. The sub-4 meter crossover SUV is built on Renault-Nissan’s Common Module Family (CMF) architecture, and is poised to be the brand’s most affordable ‘SUV’ offering yet. Nissan India has now announced that it will soon start opening bookings for the Magnite. Meanwhile, the ex-showroom prices will be revealed in early November. To prepare for the imminent launch, Nissan has already commenced production of its baby SUV at its Chennai plant. At launch, customers can choose from around 8 colors – including Blade Silver, Flare Garnet Red, Onyx Black, Vivid Blue with Storm White and Flare Garnet Red with Onyx Black. As the names might indicate, the Nissan Magnite will be sold in mono-tone and dual-tone colors.
The new Nissan Magnite will have to face off against some well-established players like the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. To attract prospective buyers, the Magnite will be available with quite a lot of modern features and safety equipment. Some of the most highlight-worthy among these include – 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-beam projector LED headlamps, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, 360-degree parking cameras, 7-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, ambient mood lighting, and an 8-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Magnite will also come with parking sensors, speed-sensing door locks, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control System (TCS) and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).
For its size, the Nissan Magnite’s boot space is fairly decent, offering up to 336 liters with the rear seats in place. Of course, you can always fold down those seats and have them split in a 60:40 arrangement. The seats are fairly good too and seem to offer adequate support, and even rear-seat passengers can enjoy a good amount of space. The flat-ish roof design also means that headroom isn’t much of a concern in this cabin, though much of the plastics in here are kind of low-rent and cheap. Much of the dashboard and areas along the door pads feature decent-looking but hard plastic. Thankfully, the doors seemingly open really wide, so getting in and out of the Magnite won’t be much of a faff.
Power comes from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that produces around 98hp and 160Nm of torque. It can be either mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox – the latter will likely be reserved for higher variants. There could also be a lower-output naturally-aspirated three-popper which should make around 71hp. However, this motor will mostly be fitted to the lower variants of the Nissan Magnite.
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