Nissan Terrano Performance & Test Drive

Nissan Terrano Overview

The Renault-Nissan alliance has been leveraging common vehicle platforms to quicken the process of ‘time to market’ and have together managed to build a fairly healthy portfolio for each other. The only problem in the past has been that unlike platform sharing vehicles from other global alliances that are distinctly different from each other, in this case, cars such as the Micra and Pulse, and the Sunny and Scala also share almost identical looks.

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It has been a case of badge engineering where the cars don’t just share underpinnings, but all the body panels too. The next in line is the Nissan Terrano, the cloned version of the Renault Duster. Thankfully though, better sense has prevailed amongst the powers that be in Nissan and the Terrano can claim itself to be a fairly differentiated product, at least on the outside. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Nissan Terrano Look

As you can clearly notice in the images, the only SUV offering from Nissan for the Indian market has not received any significant changes to the exterior. Thus it still continues to look rugged and bold.

Towards the front profile, the Terrano gets a signature grille with lots of chrome elements on it. The headlamp unit too remains unchanged and gets a four pod design which looks not only good but also is functional at the same time. Towards the side profile, the SUV gets a machined alloy wheels which look not only rugged but also robust at the same time. Towards the side profile, you will also notice the electrically retractable ORVM with integrated side turn indicators. The silver finished roof rails also helps the Terrano to stand out in the crowd.Nissan India has now added one more colour options in the form of new Sandstone Brown besides the already existing four colour options.

Nissan Terrano Comfort

The cabin of the Terrano attempts a somewhat similar freshening up just like the redesigned exterior. But, the extent of change inside the Terrano is much lower than the outside. However, Nissan engineers have managed to still lift up the overall premiumness of the cabin, though this might be more evident in the top-trim variants. There is a slight variation in the interior colour theme, though the dashboard layout and major elements are mostly carry-forwards. There are a few changes such as the flip open storage box at the top of the centre stack. The combination of circular and rectangular aircon vents and the piano-black finish for the centre stack caught my attention in my test mule.

Faux wood door handles and the chrome bits all around the cabin are other elements that help boost the feeling of quality inside the Terrano. The rear aircon vents positioned between the two front seats (also found in the Duster) will be a blessing during the forthcoming summer. The steering wheel and the instrument cluster also see some modifications.

Nissan Terrano Gearbox

Like we already mentioned above there are no mechanical changes under the hood of the updated Terrano. The SUV still is powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces about 104 PS of peak power at 5, 850 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm. The gasoline engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the 1.5 Litre DCI unit which is available in two states of tune. The base trim diesel option produces about 85 Ps of peak power at 3750 Rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1900 rpm. The more powerful diesel option produces about 110 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Transmission option for the diesel drivetrain includes a 6-speed manual while there is also an option of a six speed AMT as well available with the top end trim.

Nissan Terrano Rideing

The diesel engine takes 12 seconds to cross the 100 kmph mark and slates a top speed figure of 175kmph. On the other end, the Petrol version attains a top speed of 165 kmph and takes 10 seconds to cross the 100 kmph mark from standstill. Both engines are incredible performers and thus Terrano doesn’t feel sluggish at any given moment. The Nissan Terrano line-up has both Petrol and Diesel engine based versions. The Petrol engine is a 1.6-litre Multi Point Fuel Injection (MPFI) based engine, which is coded as 1.6K4M. It has the ability to displace 1598cc and can yield about 102.6bhp at 5850rpm along with 145Nm of peak torque value at 3750rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. On the other hand, the diesel variants come with two power options, 85PS (83.8bhp) and the other more powerful 110PS (108.5bhp). This fuel efficient 1461cc, K9K, dCi diesel engine is quite powerful and is delivering an impressive performance. It offers a peak torque of 248Nm at 2250rpm in combination with a maximum power output of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box.

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 Terrano Price in Hyderabad

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,90,034/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,30,152/- (Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT). Get best offers for Nissan Terrano from Nissan Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Terrano price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Bottomline

The Terrano’s ride quality is big plus when compared to the other vehicles in its class. The suspension soaks up bad roads really well, without allowing it to really rattle the car. There is just a tad bit of body roll that I can feel when I run downhill on a windy stretch of road and while flicking in and out of the corners. But that is to be expected from a suspension set up that is meant to accommodate and please.

Just like the Duster, the Terrano’s USPs are right there – a torquey, healthy engine, good ride quality, much better on-road poise at high speeds and around corners and the right size. But, in the Terrano what is different is the design, which compared to the current Duster, might be considered just that bit more modern and appealing.

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