If you felt that the Nissan Magnite was priced really aggressively in India, you were right. However, it seems like the Japanese automaker has now decided that its car was a bit too affordable. Obviously, that probably isn’t the only reason behind the company’s latest move in which the price of the Magnite Turbo variants has been hiked by Rs 30,000. This is the second time that Nissan has increased the price of its uber-popular sub-compact crossover in India. Earlier, it was the entry-level XE trim that faced a price hike – going from Rs 4.99 Lakh to Rs 5.49 Lakh. Regardless, the Nissan Magnite is still one of the cheapest among all these small crossover cars in the segment.
The turbo-petrol variants of the Nissan Magnite include around a dozen trim options. However, no matter which one you choose, all of them now cost Rs 30,000 more than before. After the latest revision, the ex-showroom price of the Magnite Turbo ranges between Rs 7.29 Lakh and Rs 9.89 Lakh. On the other hand, the naturally-aspirated variants of the Magnite cost the same as before. This means their ex-showroom price continues to range from Rs 5.49 Lakh to Rs 7.69 Lakh. Interestingly, the Nissan Magnite’s closest rival (and its cousin) – the Renault Kiger – costs a little less. Powering the Magnite Turbo is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 98hp and 160Nm of maximum torque.
Nissan will offer customers two transmission choices – a 5-speed manual or a CVT. As for the non-turbo variant, it also comes with a 1.0-liter three-banger petrol motor (sans a turbocharger, of course). However, this one is quite a bit low on power – putting out only 71hp and 96Nm of torque. In terms of its safety kit, the Magnite can be had with several standard vital equipment. Among the most basic ones, there is ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, and rear parking sensors. Higher up the range, the Magnite’s safety list adds Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and Traction Control System. Even better, in a recent crash-test conducted by ASEAN NCAP, the Nissan Magnite scored an impressive 4-star safety rating.
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On the inside as well, the Nissan Magnite comes packing a good list of features. These come in the form of push-button start, automatic climate control, wireless charging, cruise control, LED ambient lighting, an 8-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, and a premium JBL sound system. While its cabin comes loaded with modern features and amenities, the quality of plastics gives away the Magnite’s true background. After all, this is not mean to be a premium car and that shows. Still, it is pretty acceptable on most fronts and comfort is fairly average as well. Meanwhile, the boot of the Magnite can swallow up to 336 liters worth of luggage – making it quite practical.
Stepping outside, the Nissan Magnite looks like a well-designed and urbane-looking small crossover. Of course, its small size means that you won’t be able to scare away other road users, but the seating position is decently high. The front fascia sports sharp LED headlamps with their J-shaped LED DRLs, with the Datsun-borrowed front grille scoring some chrome trim for some added class. Some of the other visible styling details include the 16-inch alloy wheels, optional dual-tone paint, and black body cladding. At the back, there’s a roof spoiler, beak-shaped tail lamps, and some more plastic cladding on the rear bumper.
While the Nissan Magnite faces stiff competition from a few select cars in the segment, its cutthroat pricing is unavoidable. Moreover, with over 40,000 bookings already under its belt, the Magnite has unarguably made its maker proud. And though the Renault Kiger will steal away some prospective customers, Nissan India doesn’t have many contenders that can ruffle its feather for the time being.
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