After what seemed to be a pretty long wait, Nissan has finally taken the covers off the Magnite B-SUV concept. The new model was digitally unveiled earlier today and its production version will be a part of the company’s upcoming range of eight new vehicles for the developing markets in Africa, the Middle East and India. The company’s India plans will be spearheaded by the new sub-four-metre SUV, which will go on to rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300. It will also compete with the upcoming Kia Sonet.
Underpinning the Nissan Magnite will be the same CMF-A+ architecture that forms the base of the Renault Triber. This platform will be even utilized for the Magnite’s upcoming mechanical twin, the Renault Kiger. However, one thing that should be mentioned here is that even though the Magnite concept looks dashing, the road-going version will likely have a toned-down appearance keeping in mind the cost restraints.
As per the company, the production version of the Nissan Magnite will have a spacious cabin in spite of the car’s small dimensions. This is something that we don’t doubt as the Triber from sister concern Renault easily manages to offer a very spacious and highly practical interior in spite of being small in dimensions. Powering the production version of the Magnite will be a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that will output a maximum power of 95PS. The motor will be available with two transmission options – 6-speed manual and CVT automatic.
The Nissan Magnite should come with various segment-first novelty features that will likely attract the buyers. The company has already revealed today that the new model will come with a 360-degree around-view monitor and cruise control. Apart from this, the small car will even have an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that should offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Other highlights of the features list will likely include an automatic aircon, steering-mounted audio controls, boomerang-style LED Daytime Running Lamps, chunky alloy wheels, etc.
While the company is yet to reveal the exact launch date of the new model, it has clearly said that the production version of the Magnite concept will be launched in the current financial year. Our guess is that the new model will launch in the first quarter of 2021, which means we’re just about 6 months away from the introduction of the first-ever sub-4-metre SUV from Nissan India. Prices of the new model could start as low as Rs 5.25 lakh, which is something that should work in its favour.
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