Nissan Terrano Review & First Drive

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Nissan Teranno Overview

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Nissan Terrano is a smart and practical compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that owes its origin to its French cousin, the Renault Duster. But visually, there are many points of distinction. Barring the rear fender and the roof, none of Terrano’s body panels are identical to those of the Duster. It stays true to its Nissan DNA by a generous display of chrome on the grille and trapezoid chrome strips on either side of a bold Nissan logo. The other notable differences prima facie are the aluminium-brushed door handles, roof rails and the large tail lamp cluster which fleshes up the rear much more than that of the Duster. The fender at the back is a feature that both share and this coupled with the flared wheel arches gives it a domineering SUV appeal.

The creases on the bonnet start from the front grille, which also has a silver bash-plate on the other side adding to the overall masculine look. Its design is quite similar to that of the new X-Trail and Pathfinder. Nissan Terrano has entered one of the fastest growing automobile segments with not only impeccable looks and features, but also with one of the most dependable platforms. Terrano is available in both Petrol and Diesel versions. There are 6 colours available in all variants of Nissan Terrano – Pearl White, Sapphire Black, Bronze Grey, Fire Red, Sterling Grey and Blade Silver.

Nissan Teranno Exterior & Style

Yes. It does resemble the Duster. But Nissan has tried its level best to give the Terrano some stand-out styling cues that clearly differentiate it with the Renault counterpart. While the overall silhouette remains the same, the frontal end is the area where the most changes can be seen. Sporting an all-new face that’s very in-line with Nissan’s family look, the Terrano looks a lot like the Pathfinder or the Patrol from their International product portfolio, which is not at all bad, at least for me. The radiator grille is all new and is a larger iteration of those three piece affairs we’ve been seeing on other Nissan SUVs in the international market.

With two prominent lines flowing into the grill, its bonnet looks way muscular than the Duster. The lower end of the front bumpers make for a smarter housing for round fog lamps, while the air dam ends in a bash guard, just like the Duster. The inflated wheel arches from the Duster has been retained but the Terrano’s sharper visage reduces the overtly muscled impression, which I never liked in the Duster.

The tweaks on the side profile are less prominent, with curvier door panels and blacked out B and C pillars. Alloy wheels are new as well. And that’s it for the sides. Except the new tail lights, the rear looks similar to the Duster. On the whole, Terrano will grab more eyeballs than the Duster.

Nissan Teranno Interior & Space

Nissan has mildly upgraded the cabin of the Terrano in this AMT guise as a part of a mid-life update for the SUV. The dashboard is a dual-tone combination of black and beige with the former being the primary colour for most of the cabin. The layout and elements on the dashboard like the tri-pod instrument cluster, chrome laced AC vents as well as positioning of stalks and buttons has been lifted straight from the facelifted Duster.In terms of features you get electrically adjustable mirrors, 2-DIN music system and a standard AC unit. Despite this car being a top-of-the-line XV variant it lacks climate control, touchscreen music system or steering mounted audio controls. They are now expected features in this part of the market.

The quality of the plastics in the Terrano feels low rent especially when compared to its primary rival, the Hyundai Creta. There are six storage spaces in front of which two are cup holders while the rear gets two cup holders in the arm rest and one between the front seats. The rear seat back can be folded flat to expand the already massive 475-litre boot.

Where Nissan has managed to hit a few good runs is with the space and NVH insulation in the cabin. There is sufficient space in the cabin for five to sit comfortably thanks to the wide rear bench and absence of air-con blower vents. The NVH insulation on the other hand is quite good and at low speeds manages to filter out even the gravelly tone of the K9K diesel engine. However, at triple digit speeds wind and tyre noise does become quite audible. To know more information on Nissan Terrano check Changeonslapac

Nissan Teranno Engine & Transmission

Same again. The driving feel, as most of us expected, is identical to the Duster. Switch the ignition and the same characteristic clatter that we’ve gotten used to with the 1.5-litre K9K.However, the insulation is notches ahead of the Duster. So, you don’t really hear the unpleasant sounds on the inside, until you start really pushing its limits.There’s a a fair bit of turbo lag upto about 1500rpm, which is a pain in the city driving. Then onwards, the engine picks up well and strong surge of power moves all the way upto 4000rpm after which it starts to taper. In gear drivability is strong and overtakes in 6th gear are possible at really high speeds.

The ride on the Terrano is sorted and pliant. The underpinnings of the Terrano do a good job of ironing out most of the road bumps and shocks. We drove the Terrano over several rough roads, however the suspension ensured that we didn’t have any issues with the ride. There isn’t much body roll despite the ground clearance of 205mm. The 83bhp has a softer rear and it can be felt while taking corners. The steering response is a bit vague and it isn’t as light as other Nissan’s are.

The mileage quotient ranks very highly of the preference list of the Indian population and the Nissan Terrano impresses on this front. The 1.5-liter Diesel engine with 108.5bhp of power output registers a mileage of 19kmpl, while the same engine with 83.8bhp of power output produces an impeccable mileage of 20.5kmpl. The 1.6-liter Petrol engine gives a mileage of 13.2 kmpl and these statistics make Terrano a fuel-efficient SUV.

Nissan Teranno Ride & Handling

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. Book Nissan Terrano  Test Drive.

Nissan Teranno Safety & Security

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 Teranno Price in Chennai

Nissan Terrano On Road Price is 11,73,516/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,99,000/- in Chennai. Nissan Terrano comes in 6 colours, namely Sandstone Brown,Fire Red,Blade Silver,Pearl White,Sapphire Black,Bronze Grey. Nissan Terrano comes with FWD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 103 bhp@5750 rpm and Peak Torque 148 Nm@3750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Nissan Terrano comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Nissan Teranno Verdict

With a growing breed of automatic SUVs in this part of the market, it seems like the right time for Nissan to step in with this car. Working in its favour are the ride quality, ease of driving and large amounts of space in cabin both for the passengers as well as in the boot.

However, it lacks features that are now considered standard in the segment, the design looks a bit dated. And then there is the cost at Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It is Rs 83,000 lesser than the Creta but Rs 78,000 more than the equivalent variant of the Duster making it a purchase for someone who is specifically looking for a Nissan badged vehicle. It is also a way for the Japanese automaker to make its presence known in this part of the market which is seeing a revival again.

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