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Terrano ready for Indian terrain

It\'s official. Japanese auto giant Nissan is all set to unveil its latest SUV, the Terrano, in India. Built on the same platform as Duster, Terrano is expected to rake in the numbers in this segment that is the fastest growing in India. Ammar Alvi brings you more on the new wheels.

Published: 11th August 2013 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2013 01:56 PM   |  A+A-

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Nissan revealed two months ago its SUV plans for India. Based on the same platform as Duster which is also a product of Renault-Nissan India Alliance, the Terrano will take on the likes of Duster, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra Scorpio.

When it comes to the looks front, the Terrano will sport a slightly different styling from Duster. In fact, out of the two, Terrano comes out as a better looking one. There are new angular headlamps, grille and bumper. The rear is characterised by an all-new tailgate design, a tail-lamp design and overall these design elements make it look a beautiful yet sporty SUV. The length and measurements remain the same as compared to the Duster. Other styling cues that differ from the Duster includes an altered licence plate holder and marginally restyled rear bumper to accommodate the reflectors.

The new Nissan Terrano will be powered by the same engine that you find in Duster, the 1.5-litre dCi engine that is available in two states of tune. We still don't know if Terrano will also come with the 1.6 litre petrol which is seen in Duster.

But we expect the automatic version of the Terrano as seen in the Sunny and Micra making driving a very pleasant affair in and out of the city.

Interiors we expect the Terrano to be more heavy in equipment than the Duster and Nissan will be adding lot of features making it more appealing and give a premium feel. Built at its Oragadam Plant alongside the Micra hatchback, Sunny mid-size sedan and Evalia MUV, the Terrano will be priced slightly higher than the Duster due to the premium positioning and expect it to be between `8.50 lakh and `13 lakh ex-showroom.

In the competition front, the Nissan Terrano will definitely take on the Duster, Ford's newly launched EcoSport and Mahindra's old timer Scorpio.



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