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.
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.
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 comes with an opulent bi-tonal beige-&-black colour scheme for its interiors. The lower variants have premium fabric seat upholstery while the higher variant has leather upholstery. Spacious interiors, a chrome-finished steering wheel along with a stylish gear knob with metallic finish, give the cabin a class-apart look and feel. Terrano’s Nissan heritage grille makes it look tough and rigid, the diamond-cut machined alloy wheels and sporty looking black bezel surround headlamps underscore its visual appeal. Even the combination tail lights are very prominent that adds an elegant touch to the SUV. This hefty SUV is placed in direct competition with the likes of Mahindra Quanto, Ford Ecosport and such other vehicles along with its cousin Renault Duster. The robust braking and suspension mechanism of the Nissan Terrano ensures a comfortable driving experience.
The additional features include rear AC vents, rear parking sensors and leather wraps for steering and the gear-knob. The premium version gets leather seats and wood finish inserts on the doors. The base XE diesel variant gets all black interiors, while the rest of the line-up gets a beige-black combination that makes the cabin look more spacious. On the other hand, only one variant of the Terrano Petrol is on offer – the Terrano XL which has ABS-EBD-Brake Assist, driver side airbag, music system and front fog lamps. The top-end version of the Terrano gets 10-spoke machine-finished petal shaped alloy-wheels which, though luxurious, look odd on the aggressive looking SUV. They are better suited to the Renault Duster which is softer of the two SUVs churned out by the Franco-Japanese consortium, Renault-Nissan. The interiors of the two SUVs look similar but there are some important features differentiating the them. The quality of interiors is superior in the Terrano and the cabin is more plush. The music system is also different and this one is more ergonomic and user friendly. The OVRM adjustment is positioned under the handbrake lever and is unintelligible. The rest of the equipment list is pretty much the same including the one-step driver height adjust and orange backlight for the instrument cluster. It also gets a rear AC vent that adds to the comfort of passengers, but it is a tad bit noisy increasing the NVH level. The interiors of the Nissan Terrano are opulent with plush seats, abundant leg room along with ample head and shoulder space for all thepassengers. This roomy SUV can house five passengers and provide a luxuriant driving experience.
The comfortable seats also have lumbar support, which makes the ride extremely pleasurable. The front and rear knee room are also adequate along with ample elbow room for all the passengers. The quality of interiors is where Terrano races far ahead of Renault Duster. The ambiance oozes opulence and gives a very premium driving experience. The seats are covered with premium leather upholstery for the top-end variants, while the other variants get high-quality fabric upholstery. The centre fascia of top and mid variants is defined with glossy black colour over it, and the remaining variants get a matt black finish. The dashboard comprises of air conditioner vents along with a large and brilliant instrument cluster. The dual-tone black-&-beige colour scheme takes the posh feel another notch up. Other elements include a leather- wrapped steering wheel, a chrome insert on gear shift knob and front and rear armrests. The door trims have a beige finish and the decorative strip added looks perfect on them. The new Nissan Terrano also has quite a few in-cabin storage spaces such as map pockets, seat back pockets, cup-&-bottle holders in the door as well as between the front seats, a rear centre arm rest with storage and holders also adds to the comfort level offered by this SUV. For the rear passengers, Terrano has a separate two-speed air conditioner with independent control. This SUV has parking sensors to simplify parking in congested areas. Terrano is also equipped with reading lamps to cater to the special needs of the passengers. Entertainment features like Bluetooth connectivity, an integrated 2-Din Audio system with CD, MP3, AM, FM, USB Aux-In, Bluetooth four speakers – 2 front & 2 rear take pleasure another notch up. That apart, Terrano comes with a full size spare wheel, which has been further covered with a similar tubeless radial tyre and placed inside the boot compartment along with other tools required to change the tyre.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;
The Nissan Terrano shares the same engine lineup that includes 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre k9k diesel engines. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is offered in two states of tune like the Duster, producing 85 PS, 200 Nm and 110 PS, 248 Nm respectively. On our media drive in Udaipur we got to test both the 1.5-litre diesel engine variants. The Renault sourced 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine is a gem and both 85 PS and 110 PS versions have their own merits. The 85 PS diesel gets the hold of power immediately with a fractional amount of turbo lag. It provides continual power delivery right from the word go until the mid-range, post which the power starts fading away. This particular setup is ideal for city driving conditions where you need initial and mid-range grunt. The engine feels lively from a low 1200 RPM till 3500 RPM. Above 4000 RPM the power feels inflexible.
The Terrano 85 PS gathers speed till 130 km/hr without much effort and the engine feels creamy. Reaching 140 km/hr and above is time consuming and after that the engine feels worked out. Mated to the 85 PS engine is a 5-speed manual gearbox with perfect ratios for city driving conditions. You don’t need to work the gearbox for ambling around town, as it has minimal turbolag. The 85 PS can even be kicked off in the second gear at dead speeds. The gear ratios are even sorted for winding inclines but out on the highway you need to downshift for slick and speedy overtaking. At 100 km/hr the RPM needle hovers around 2500 RPM.
Coming to the 110 PS diesel, the turbo lag ailment is there being a thick one until 2000 RPM, post which the turbo kicks in and you get a good boost of twisting power with some torque steer. The torque wave is enjoyable to ride on once you get used to the gear ratios and maintain your gearshifts within the turbo zone. The real action lies in the mid and top range of the rev band, which makes the 110 PS Terrano a terrific highway cruiser. The engine feels creamy throughout the range with top notch refinement. The 1.5-litre engine enjoys revving up to 5000 RPM.
Mated to the 110 PS version is a 6-speed manual gearbox. It is a rather long legged transmission, which is very convenient on the highways. At 100 km/hr in sixth gear the engine spins around 2200 RPM being in the turbo band, which means the car has relaxed cruising ability with enough grunt for high speed overtaking. There is no need to downshift for overtaking trucks as far as you are in the turbo zone. On the flip side, the engine needs to be learnt for city driving and steep incline sections. The initial turbo lag has to be treated with frequent downshifts otherwise you tend to do clutch slips. The clutch operation feels a bit stiff, which adds to the hectic drivability in congested traffic but it’s not a deal breaker as you would enjoy this engine once you get a hang of it.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The Nissan Terrano is not a hard core SUV but instead an off roader. Don’t let that fool you as this vehicle can take a good amount of off roading bruise. We did manage to make it climb places and go on terrains which only an SUV is capable of. The suspension setup of Mcpherson struts for front and torsion beam axle at the rear works in tandem in keeping the vehicle afloat on hard roads.
Maneuvering the Terrano is very easy as it has a turn radius of 5.2m. The Terrano feels very light when it comes to steering it out of tight corners. There are occasions especially at high speeds and on rough patches where the steering feedback is too aggressive. In addition to this the bolstering on the steering wheel is also not sufficient.There is minimal body lag owing to its height. Reaching triple digit speeds is not a task at all in this. However, even this one feels a bit stressed when fully loaded but then the gear shifts in this are less. The 6 speed manual transmission does a fair job to this engine as in the other two it is missed greatly. The shift quality is decent. The only aspect where it didn’t score is in its braking which is very poor.
We loved the Duster for its braking performance and the Terrano with the same Disc/drum setup performs very well. The car came to a halt from 100kmph in a short 40.24m which is just a little shorter than the Duster. The Terrano shows the same confidence shedding speeds in a straight line without any squirming at the steering wheel and with good control from the ABS.
Kit levels in the Terrano are exactly what you get in the Duster. In the safety department you get two airbags, ABS, a reverse parking sensor, and a bash guard to protect your engine when on rough terrain. The XV offers keyless entry, two 12V sockets, tilt adjustable steering and height adjustable seats. With the good comes the bad and the Terrano carries forward the Duster’s negative points as well. The seating position isn’t perfect and the driver’s seat still has the tendency to rock slightly under braking. The controls for the ORVMs still lie in that awkward position under the handbrake while the rear power windows are in the same position in the door pads and that has you accidentally opening the windows every time you rest your elbow. These are just minor niggles and none of them are a deal breaker but the fact is that they still exist
The Terrano doesn’t really offer anything over the Duster besides the significant styling differences. However we believe the Terrano will be well received because it’s a handsome and more premium looking design and will appeal to those who think the Duster has become a little pass. The significantly tweaked visuals and similar kit should be incentive enough to spend what we believe will be Rs 50,000 to 70,000 more than the equivalent Duster. Nissan will start taking pre-sales bookings from the first of September while the car will officially go on sale in October during the festival season. The compact SUV segment just got a hot new player.
Nissan Terrano Xl P Ex-showroom Price is 9,89,651/- and On Road Price is 10,95,256/- in New Delhi. Nissan Terrano Xl P comes in 6 colours, namely Sandstone Brown,Fire Red,Blade Silver,Pearl White,Sapphire Black,Bronze Grey.