Nissan Terrano India Review |

20 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan Terrano India Review |

Nissan Terrano

India Review

What is that #8220;familiar face#8221; we see in the distance? It looks Aggressive!

It’s not everyday that we have to travel great distances to check out something which is yet to be launched, but the proposition got us all excited. Having received the invitation for #PreviewDrive from @Nissan_India we got ready for a trip which promised a daring yet beautiful landscape of valleys and lakes of Udaipur (Rajasthan).

#8220;If we had to take one of these two siblings to a party, it would certainly be the Terrano.#8221;

Prequel to the Drive

This Design Sketch of Nissan Terrano was revealed through a fantastic Twitter Contest.

By now everyone had seen the Nissan Terrano at least online since the design had been revealed through an online contest. The most striking feature of this cross-badged Renault Duster is the agressive looks with the front grill screaming of Nissan SUV heritage.

The sheet metal is almost entirely new, alloys are 16-inch machined diamond-cut design to enhance sportiness and there are some changes to the interiors, especially the round Air-conditioning vents in the center have been dropped, the familiar feeling of the Nissan steering wheel, the piano black finish for the center console, a new double din audio system and a two tone interior finish. Overall this looks like a grown up and polished brother of the somewhat boring Duster. If we had to take one of these two siblings to a party, it would certainly be the Terrano.

Our day began with us chit-chatting about what was to come from this visit#8230; since we weren’t particularly excited about our transport vehicle being an Innova and since we had spotted our drive cars at the airport. Nevertheless we decided to wait until we have full access to the Terrano. There was enough distraction in the beauty of our heritage hotel #8211; The Devigarh Palace of Udaipur and the weather turned into a fantastic overcast#8230; getting some of the photographers in a cheerful mood.

Finally when we arrived at the parking, it was easy to guess that our preview cars were Diesels as the engine noise gave them away. We reckon that these will sell the most in India than their petrol variants, so logically it was the right setup to drive. I quickly got into the drivers seat and initially led in the “Black” Terrano as we discussed the route.

The location chosen was Sajjangarh which also happens to be a Wildlife Sanctuary. Now I took the last spot as the “Red” Terrano lead the drive.

Using Fog lamps as DRL#8217;s

Immediately, the high torque was available to me. As the Red kept pacing and I kept playing catch up, overtaking large trucks was a breeze even on this twisty and fast single lane highway. The steering felt direct and was weighed perfectly. At no point I felt as if the vehicle and my mind were two different things.

After taking some fast corners, the nicely bolstered seats, good brakes and very effective air-conditioning kept me reassured about the vehicle’s dynamics. The only thing missing was a good playlist for the audio system as neither of us had bothered to carry a pen-drive or CD of our favorite songs. But all that can be forgotten.

Arriving at Sajjangarh made me realize that the drive was a steep climb with several challenging hairpin turns, which the Terrano obliged to with pleasure. Power was just always there and I don’t think there was any noticible Turbo lag either. After reaching the top we soaked in the view, took a few photographs and found some travelers extremely curious about the Terrano#8230; so much so that they took some photos, asked for the price, the usual “Kitna deti hain?” average and if the booking was open and if so where?

People gather around with curiosity for the Terrano and click pictures!

Coming from an auto enthusiast, I haven’t seen this kind of interest for most launches in India#8230; most are just fleeting glances or stares. So this is a big thumbs up for the Terrano. One of the guys even asked me for a test drive!

Beat that.

We decided to wind up from Sajjangarh and head to some lake so that the Red beauty could be photographed. I must say the drive down was as exciting as the climb up. The vehicle maintains great posture even when the road threw some surprises at us like a Maruti Omni approaching without honking or a couple looking for a spot on their two wheeler or an entire patch of road missing (gravel).

The cabin is quiet and the NVH levels are low even on the bad roads or at high speeds, this is great for a Diesel car.

The lake view was absolutely gorgeous. The Terrano feels at home no matter where you go. After some stunning shots and discussion about the overall experience, we wrapped up the the preview drive.

Our opinion: Nissan Terrano scores several points in the looks department. The driving dynamics, engine specs and power output are same as that of the Duster SUV. So given the right amount of kit and fair pricing (not too high)#8230; Nissan should see decent sales figures for an already proven vehicle platform.

Yes, make no mistake, this is a solid vehicle which has rained fortunes for Renault in India. And now it only gets better.

Request for Features: Since Nissan has done a great job of giving the Terrano SUV an aggressive look and premium feel, we felt some vital things were missing, which can be added as “additional accessories” or #8220;upgrades#8221; in the final launch. Here is our wish list:

DRL’s #8211; Give us those LED daytime running lights. They will only enhance the safety and character of this car. LED Tail lamps and Projectors for Headlights. Come on#8230; go that extra mile. Integrated Audio Controls on the Steering Wheel.

Essential. Touch Screen Audio System with a Reversing Camera and, Center arm rest for the Driver.

So will you book the Nissan Terrano or would you like to see something more? Do comment below and we will make sure to feature some important ones.

Specs for the Diesel Terrano

Nissan Terrano

Variants: XL, XV and XV Premium

Engine: 1.5 diesel (110 PS), 4 cylinders

Displacement: 1,461 cc

Max Power: 110 PS @ 3900 rpm

Max Torque: 248 Nm @ 2250 rpm

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