Nissan Terrano Performance & First Drive

Nissan Terrano Overview

Nissan India has launched the new 2017 Nissan Terrano facelift priced at Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 14.2 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It’s been more than three years since the Terrano was launched in October 2013 and had received only one update, when the Terrano Groove Edition was launched. That said last year the Japanese automaker did launch an automated manual transmission.

Nissan has introduced 22 new features with the 2017 Nissan Terrano facelift, and some much-needed features include – the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and voice recognition. Other features comprise of – electrically operable ORVMs, hill climb assist and cruise control. The interior too has been spruced up with a nice black and brown dual-tone colour scheme along with new fabrics or leather upholstery, depending on the variant. The steering wheel has been redesigned and now gets controls for telephony and audio. Thankfully, Nissan has also provided an armrest for the driver in the 2017 Nissan Terrano. The buttons for power windows are now illuminated and the wing mirrors now get integrated indicators. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Nissan Terrano Look

At first glance a very untrained eye might not notice the Renault Duster that this Nissan is based on. And that’s fair given that almost every body panel on the Terrano is new except for the roof and rear quarter panel. The design seems more grown up and sophisticated when compared with the Duster. The front is what sees the most change with a completely new face that’s very in line with Nissan’s family look. The grille is all new and is a larger, more modern iteration of those three piece affairs we’re used to seeing on SUVs like the Patrol. The headlamps are sleeker and more angular but blend well into the grille.

The bonnet is also completely redesigned and features two lines that flow into the grille. Fresh bumpers make for a smarter housing for the fog lamps while the air dam ends in a bash guard in a similar fashion to the Duster. The exaggerated wheel arches from the Duster remain but the Terrano’s sharper visage reduces the overtly muscled impression you get from the Duster. New 16-inch wheels fill those arches quite well and the Terrano boasts high ground clearance that gives it an imposing look. The side profile is perhaps the most reminiscent of the Duster but even here both doors have been redesigned and they get a new line along the base that gives the side a little more definition. The B and C pillars have been blacked out. The rear also gets a thorough make over with more angular tail lamps that fill in those metal blanks much better than the Dusters lamp’s. It’s nice to see that the Nissan has made the rear lamps fully functional and they aren’t simply dummy plastic pieces added onto the sides. The sharp rear design complements the face well.

Nissan Terrano Comfort

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.

Nissan Terrano Gearbox

While things look drastically different, the Duster and Terrano are in fact very similar under the skin. The mechanicals remain untouched which is actually a rather good thing since the Duster is such a well engineered product. Two engines are on offer – the 1.6-litre petrol that makes 104PS and 145 Nm of torque while the 1.5-litre K9K diesel is offered with two output options – 85PS/200Nm or 110PS/248Nm. We got to drive the top end 110PS XV variant. This engine displaces 1461cc and uses a variable geometry turbo to provide a very meaty power delivery. Peak power is developed at 3900rpm while torque peaks at 248Nm at 2250rpm.

The driving feel, as you’d expect is identical to the Duster. Switch on the engine and you get the same characteristic clatter that we’ve gotten used to with the 1.5-litre K9K. However once you shut the doors the Terrano does a great job of cutting out a lot of the noise which gives you a good sense of being isolated from the road. There’s a new steering wheel but it feels very similar to the Duster’s. The clutch retains the same long and springy feel that gets tiring in traffic. Even the gear knob for the 6-speed transmission has the same hard stitching that I disliked in the Duster for the rough feel it has against the skin. Like in the Duster, the engines displays some lag upto about 1300rpm after which you get a strong surge of power all the way upto 4000rpm after which it starts to taper. Shifting at 3000rpm proves more than enough for brisk driving though. In gear drivability is strong and overtakes in 6th gear are possible at highway speeds.

We managed to do a quick performance run and like we expected the Terrano is almost exactly as fast as the Duster with a 0-100kmph time of 12.7 seconds. The top speed lies at a true 172kmph. Likewise the fuel efficiency figures tally as well and we got an impressive highway figure 21.6kmpl on the Terrano as against the 21.9kmpl on the Duster. The difference can be attributed to different traffic conditions and the heavy winds we encountered while testing.

Nissan Terrano Rideing

The Terrano uses independent MacPherson struts and coil springs up front with a torsion beam set up at the rear along with coil springs and an anti roll bar. This suspension set up is exactly what you’d find underpinning the Duster and the Nissan is all the better for it. As soon as you start moving, the Terrano mirrors the Duster’s strongest point – this is one of the best riding cars on the market. Nothing slows a Terrano down and it simply ploughs through whatever poor and broken roads you throw at it. The snazzy new 16-inch wheels but they are wrapped with the same 215/65R16 section MRF Wanderer tyres. The high profile aids in the ability to absorb bumps but they provide good grip. Body roll is quite restrained and the car grips well enough to give you the confidence to push it hard through a winding road. Unfortunately the hydraulic assisted steering also retains the same tendency to snap back when you hit a bump mid corner and that can spring a nasty surprise on you if you’re not expecting it.

Nissan Terrano Safety

Safety features on board include front airbags, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, central locking, driver seat belt reminder, door ajar warning, rear defogger, reverse parking sensor, three point seat belt with retractor in front and rear, speed sensing auto door lock and impact sensing auto door lock.Exterior styling features like 4-pod design headlamps, body coloured bumpers, antenna, chrome finished grille, body coloured ORVMs & outside door handles, side sill, roof rails and 16 inch machined alloy wheels are on offer. Interiors get option between fabric seat covers and leather upholstery. Chrome is used amply inside lending an upmarket look to the cabin and there is an analogical 3 dial instrument cluster.

Nissan Terrano Price in Hyderabad

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,89,472/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,30,011/- (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

But there is no running away from the fact that the Terrano is indeed a rebadged Renault Duster which looks better and boasts better insides with exactly the same mechanicals. However, not considering the price (which is yet to be unveiled) the Nissan definitely seems to be the pick of the two. Handsome looks, decent equipment levels coupled with a fantastic ride and handling package, the Terrano does everything expected from a vehicle in this segment. A 4×4 variant is probably the only thing missing considering how capable the car is and if that is a mandate for your purchase you’re looking at at least a years wait. Leaving the promising start aside, only full test and more importantly the price will determine how the Terrano fares and we are hoping Nissan won’t disappoint.

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