Nissan Terrano SUV 85bhp and 110bhp Diesel First Drive – BurnYourFuel

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Nissan Terrano

Nissan Terrano

SUV First Drive

“So far ahead of competition is the Nissan Terrano in the positive impression it creates, that, I seldom compared it to the Ford EcoSport or the Mahindra XUv5oo in the 2 days I lived with and drove the car!”. The Nissan Terrano manufactured in the lines as the Duster in India and their collaboration has worked well with all their previous car launches across segments. Driving the Duster each day through the Chennai traffic, and being a Duster owner myself, I was really keen to understand if I had erred in my choice.

This launch further firms up the partnership between Renault and Nissan in the Indian market and what Nissan has learnt and Improvised from the Duster Experience in India. I was very curious to find out if the Nissan Terrano would live up to be better than its India Partner Renault’s Duster and how it would differentiate. The Terrano comes in 3 variants.

The 85Bhp Petrol, the 85 Bhp Diesel and the 110 Bhp Diesel promising unmatched fuel efficiency!

We got a chance to drive both the diesel versions of the new Nissan Terrano SUV in and around the beautiful city of Udaipur. Here is our experience:

Looks

Nissan has made a few noticeable changes from the Duster. The front grill has a distinct Nissan look to it (and the very large air gaps on the grill perhaps aids easier breathing but caught many insects over our drive). The back tail lights have been integrated with the boot for larger coverage and independently responsible break/reverse lights. The Interiors certainly look plusher than the Duster with chrome finishes on the panel in the top models.

The consumers have a few more gadgets to their liking than a duster and to match the Ford and Mahindra offerings. The Bluetooth integrated Stereo paired to my iPhone 5 effortlessly at one go and got us prepared for the drive enabling us to have a seamless ‘music on demand’ experience from the cloud using the various apps on my iPhone through the drive.

The technical specifications of the vehicle were supposed to be the same as the duster with the Nissan officials only boasting of a very good shock absorbing system. The head roominess for passengers is noticeable and the boot space is adequate for the regular traveler.

Drive

Ready with my Michelin Moccasin Driving Shoes (always recommended for a better and safer driving experience), I started my drive from the Udaipur Airport and the Nissan officials made sure that we were given all the freedom to test the vehicle under all kinds of terrains (including a bit of Off-roading, City and Highway driving) and with both the diesel variants. As I took off the 5 forward speed, 85 Bhp Diesel Terrano in the roads of Udaipur, I could instantly get the same ‘clinging to the roads’ feeling of a duster.

It swift past the first few gears and satisfied the requirement of pickup and speeds for comfortable city driving. It gave me an impression of a car that is light (considering it was diesel) and yet firmly and responsibly tied to the roads. The gears however were a bit rusty and it is important that Nissan clearly needs to provide for a better feel to the gear system. We covered about 100 Kms on the first day and no where during the drive did the car feel stressed.

I had accelerated hard on many occasions all along the beautiful drive and the car behaved very sensibly and confidently across all turns and on the straight. The cornering was very easy on the steering wheel and the power of the engine delivered was tuned for city driving with very responsive 1 st and 2 nd gear acceleration at low RPMs. We did a bit off-roading as well and it did not disappoint. The lighter feel of the car compensated for the reduced power over its 110Bhp elder brother.

Overall, I felt that this was a good SUV and had a distinct and sturdy Nissan feel to the experience.

110bhp Drive – is it enough?

After retiring at the beautiful/magnificent/Luxurious Devi Garh by Lebua resort, Udaipur and after a good night sleep, we had our task cut out to test the 110Bhp Diesel elder brother. This SUV did come with some pleasant surprises over the 85Bhp Diesel of the previous day. It had Alloy Wheels, Integrated Bluetooth Audio system and Parking Sensors.

I must say that I was extremely impressed with the way this car handled. This car only struggles during the initial pull upto 2000 RPM (behaving similar to the duster) but as soon as the turbo kicks in at about 2000 RPM, it behaves very differently. The drive felt very confident, sturdy, brave and implanted to the road. Clearly, the Nissan Terrano creates an instant Impression and positive impact.

The 110Bhp clearly gave the feel that it was made for higher speeds and lesser for city driving. I had already started thinking why the Duster does not live up similarly to my expectations in spite of no mechanical changes to the car! Unlike the 85Bhp Diesel, the 110Bhp Diesel had 6 forward gears and with more power under the hood and we took this through the hills and curves at a constant 4500 RPM @ 70kmph for 30 minutes straight.

On the highway we did 160 Km/h tops and it did not show any signs of a struggle except for it being a bit noisy primarily due to the vehicle aerodynamics at higher speeds. The noise doubled due to the tyres but overall the engine noise was under acceptable limits. While the breaks did seem adequate (not the best response in the class but still adequate) on the 85 Bhp, it certainly requires more attention by Nissan for the 110Bhp version.

With extra power under its hood and the same tyre specs, it was a disappointment to say the least because the 110 Bhp is certainly capable of much more than the 85Bhp. Then why the same tyre specs? These were the factors we expected Nissan to improvise on the current duster but were let down.

Experience

Nissan Terrano

The car we drove had a few issues. One being that we could not find the rear seat belt buckles. Then there was the rear-parking sensor which functioned inverse to what it should have or atleast what is appears to be functioning.

The brake, accelerator and clutch pedals were very small in size and even the leg rest (which is expected to be standard was missing). We would imagine that since there are pre production cars, Nissan would seriously consider our inputs to them on these accounts and do the necessary checks/balances before the car is out for consumers in the coming months.

Some other points that Nissan did not improvise over the duster were the ‘less premium’ feel of the gearbox, positioning of the window panel controls for the rear passengers (which touches the elbow rest area causing the windows to roll down each time I rested my elbow on the arm rest).

However, the highlight at the end of the drive was the fact that the fuel gauge did not show any signs of a change even after 50 Kms of extreme driving in all different terrains. Certainly the 6 th forward gear was in play and needless to say good fuel efficiency would certainly be a very important factor for consumers to prefer a Nissan Terrano over its competitors. I certainly hope that I get a chance to spend some time with the Nissan Terrano Petrol soon, but until then my heart goes out to both the Diesel Variants.

Conclusion

Overall, with the promise of a Sub 10 lakhs pricing for the base petrol version of the SUV, I am completely (and more than) impressed with the line Nissan has taken for the Terrano and ensuring that they are providing a value for money and a seemingly enhanced experience than the Renault Duster. We can comfortably say that Nissan scores very well with us and we hope that it can manage its supply chain better than Renault, incorporate a few of our inputs (at the least) and make the after sales support and parts available for its consumers more efficiently than the duster. For a city driver, the 85 Bhp is the pick and for a highway driver wanting to experiment with off-roading once in a while, the 110Bhp would keep him extremely satisfied.

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