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Nissan Terrano Hatchback Test Drive & Performance

Nissan Terrano Overview

Nissan has launched the facelift Terrano in India today. The updated SUV gets minimal changes to the exterior while inside is where one will find the maximum number of changes. The Terrano was launched in India back in 2013 and based on the same platform which Renault uses to underpin their Duster SUV as well. The updated Terrano get 22 brand new features which have been provided to strengthen the SUV’s smarter and bolder appeal to customers. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Nissan says that the SUV will compliment the lifestyle of today’s Indian customers. The updated Terrano although does not get any mechanical upgrades to its engine. It still continues with the same 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.5 Litre diesel unit. Transmission option for the facelift car includes a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a six speed automated manual which is made available only with the more potent diesel variant.

Nissan Terrano Exterior

The Terrano comes out as a sturdy and macho looking SUV. The flares and bulges throughout make it a masculine looking SUV. The EcoSport comparatively has got mixed reactions in terms of its looks as some feel it looks very modern while other like the same. The Terrano looks very no non sense type and also displays loads of character.

See it from the front quarter view, and the aggression on the face is visible. Thanks to Nissan Pathfinder to share its looks with this young sibling, the Terrano ends up looking like the next generation of compact SUVs from Nissan. The heavy on chrome radiator grille with the vertical stacks don’t go overboard. Even the detailing on the headlight is very impressive by dividing it into four different sections. The more premium variants get lower bash plates on the front bumper which makes it look rugged.

The side profile unfortunately does not get any changes. It has a ground clearance of 205mm and is 4331mm in length. The ORVMs are finished in body colors. The B and C pillar are very neatly camouflaged in a matte black finish. We totally like the shape of the rear quarter panel. What scores even more in the Terrano are the wheel cap and alloy wheel design. Both of them look very sporty and way better.

Rear quarter view of the Terrano highlights the flares on the rear wheel arch as well as the dollop of the muscle under the rear quarter glass. The roof rails add to the overall SUV appeal.The rear profile remains similar except for the tail lamp design which may not be very attractive but nor does it spoil the design. The model name is very neatly displayed on the bottom left while the Nissan logo sits firmly above. Even though the difference is minimal, the Terrano scores more than the Duster.

Nissan Terrano Interior

The Nissan Terrano has comfortable ingress and egress. Once you enter the cabin, the beige treatment of interiors gives a good sense of space. Nissan has spruced up the dashboard layout, which feels slightly more premium than the Duster. The storage space on top of the dashboard has been covered now with a lid and the centre AC vents get rectangular in shape with chrome outlining. The instrument cluster covering has a rounded panel and the steering wheel remains the same that gets a rebadged horn pad with silver accents. The centre console is restyled with vertical silver panels running on the sides and piano black panels surrounding the new multimedia system.

These additional embellishments make the interior styling a bit more attractive than the Duster. Quality of the materials used and the fit and finish is exactly the same again, which is much better than the competition but doesn’t feel as premium as a car in this price bracket should feel. The base XE trim comes with black interior, while the rest get beige interior. Colour combination used in the Terrano gels nicely and looks tastefully done, thanks to the piano black finishing. The air conditioning is effective and the vents provide thick flow of air. Everything falls under reach and most of the controls are convenient to use apart from the mirror adjustment control that is placed under the handbrake lever. You will also miss the dead pedal to rest your foot on long drives. Nissan should have addressed the minor ergonomic issues which customers of the Duster have been complaining about since quite some time now.

The door pockets are deep enough to accommodate 1-litre bottles and there is enough spread of cup holders and small storage elements to keep knick knacks. Cabin space needs a special mention here, as there is ample space in both the rows as well as the boot. The seats are sufficiently supportive but lacking a bit of under-thigh support. The 475-litre boot space is practical with a convenient loading lip that can accommodate a good load of luggage. Some of the safety and convenience features offered in the Terrano include dual airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, rear AC, double-din audio system with CD/MP3, USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. Shockingly the steering mounted audio controls found on the Duster are not offered on the Terrano.

Nissan Terrano Performance

The Terrano comes in three different engine trims which include one petrol and two diesel. The specifications remain identical to that of the Duster. The 1598cc petrol engine churns out 104PS at 5850 rpm and a torque of 145 Nm at 3750 rpm. It has a 5 speed manual transmission and Nissan claims a mileage of 13.2 Kmpl.The petrol engine is smooth and not very audible. The 1.6L petrol engine seems perfect for city commute as it does not offer any kick as such but then in traffic conditions it is at its best. The gear shifts feel a bit notchy and can be bettered with a smoother shift movement.

This is not a typical rev friendly petrol engine as it feels underpowered at lower engine speeds. As the engine speed is raised, it gets more audible but then the lag in the delivery also gets very evident. Also, the petrol version gets Hydraulic power assisted steering. It delivered a mileage of 9.5 kmpl.The 1.5L lower spec diesel engine produces 85PS at 3750 rpm and a torque of 200 Nm at 1900 rpm. This engine is also equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission. The prime reason for having a lower spec diesel engine is for the mileage friendly consumers. This one being a diesel feels nice on torque.

This engine too has a lag but then it being a diesel unit tries to overcome it. It takes serious effort to make the vehicle reach higher speeds. The steering is very active in giving feedback and sometimes it gets a little too aggressive. Overtaking in a fully loaded condition is a stress as the notchy gears and the lag in the engine make it very difficult. This one scored more on mileage compared to the other two at 15 Kmpl After trying both the underpowered variants, it was finally time for me to drive the 110PS version. This remains my favorite with its superb power delivery. It produces a power of 110PS at 3900 rpm and a torque of 248 Nm at 2250 rpm. It also comes with a 6 speed manual transmission.

Crank it up and it feels the same until you shift it to the first gear. Cross 1700 rpm and the engine feels very much in control. The torque delivery is fantastic when it comes to the 110 PS model. In fact, I find this engine more athletic compared to that of the EcoSport in terms of sheer drive feel.

Nissan Terrano Driving

This is where the Nissan Terrano and Duster are identical. The overwhelming impression is that of a softly sprung front-drive car, with understeer when pushed beyond its limits. There is, at the same time, the impression that the suspension will cope with anything you throw at it, and this belief is justified when you put it through potholes, over speedbreakers and unpaved roads without slowing down, and there isn’t so much as loss of alignment. There is no wallowing at triple-digit speeds, either – something we otherwise take for granted with an SUV at this price point.

The brakes are solid discs in front and drums at the rear equipped with ABS and EBD for all but the base diesel variant. Thanks to the Terrano’s low kerb weight, they are enough to haul the vehicle to a halt from crazy speeds repeatedly without fade. Both bite and progression are good and inspire confidence. The Terrano has possibly the best ride and handling compromise for Indian conditions, with its predictable handling and 205mm ground clearance. It’s a pity that the four-wheel drive version isn’t on the cards for India, it would have made an interesting alternative to the established all-wheel drive SUVs around its price point. Tyres are a choice between Apollo Hawkz and MRF Wanderers, and these provide good grip both on and off-road, though they will not be able to do any serious work off the beaten path.

Nissan Terrano Safety

Nissan Terrano boasts of a staunch and robust braking system. The front wheels of the compact SUV are incorporated with discs which make braking deft. While the front axle of the SUV has an independent McPherson strut type of mechanism with a coil spring and also a highly advanced anti-roll bar; the rear axle gets a torsion beam axle along with coil springs and a similar anti-roll bar for enhanced comfort for the rear passengers. Both these systems put together ensure that the passengers as well as the SUV are stable at all times. The top-end versions of the Terrano are equipped with the sophisticated Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with electronic brake force distribution technology, coupled with brake assist and a stability control module to further upgrade the braking mechanism of the SUV. Other safety features comprise of an engine immobilizer, central locking, driver seat belt reminder, doors-not-well-closed reminder, rear defogger, reverse parking sensor and a heated tailgate glass warning light.

Nissan has given considerable attention to the safety aspect of the Terrano. The steering wheel is tilt-adjustable and the power steering is highly responsive to aid manoeuvring of the SUV. The front fog lamps and a rear defogger along with a wash-&-wipe function incorporated in the rear wind screen, helps in giving better visibility in rainy and overcast conditions. The fog lamps also enhance the visibility of the vehicle.

Nissan Terrano Cost in Mumbai

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 9,89,935/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,30,093/- (Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT). Get best offers for Nissan Terrano from Nissan Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Terrano price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Bottomline

The Terrano is a genuinely nice car, and I do want to like it. However, it is missing some essential features that have been mentioned already. With the new Micra I thought that Nissan India had learned that the market will respond well to value – but according to the Renault-Nissan agreement, the donor car will always cost less than its twin. This means that the Duster will cost less than the Terrano, and this puts the top-spec Terrano between Rs 1-1.5 lakh over the top-spec Duster. That’s a staggering Rs 16.5-17 lakh on-road for great engineering but an incomplete feature set. The Duster filled in a gap in the Indian marketplace and it sold well as long as there weren’t options. The Terrano will enter the market with competition like the Duster itself and the Ford EcoSport. Will Nissan have a surprise in store for us like they did with the pricing of the new Micra? I certainly hope they do.

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