Nissan Magnite has finally shed its veil to show its sharp-sporty looks. The launch of Nissan Magnite (Hyundai Venue Rival) is slated for early 2021.
Earlier this year, Nissan teased its forthcoming sub-4m SUV - the Magnite to the Indian enthusiasts ahead of the Auto Expo 2020. The Japanese carmaker then released a few more teasers, revealing a small portion of the SUV’s front facade. However, the Magnite has now been unveiled globally and will launch in this fiscal only. Sadly, Nissan has only revealed the digital iteration of the Magnite but we have a good feeling that the Magnite would look as butch and beautiful in the flesh.
As per teaser images, we already knew that the Nissan Magnite will not carry over a V-Motion grille from other existing Nissan models, and will get a Datsun-inspired hexagonal unit instead. The same can be seen in the first set of picture of the Magnite. The headlamps remind us of the Nissan Kicks while the daytime running lamps attain a boomerang-style shape as seen on the redi-Go, thereby giving the Magnite a sharp and aggressive face. A set of massive two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels, silver cladding below its doors, muscular wheel arches, floating roofline along with LED taillights, etc. are some major highlights of the Magnite’s design. Also, it gets body-coloured scuff plates, which give it a premium appeal.
The rear facet of the Nissan Magnite gets a tapered windshield unlike the upright rear hatches seen on a lot of other compact-SUVs. This give it a rather proportionate silhouette. Also, it gets chunky roof rails mounted on its top. The wheelbase appears to be long, as it gets small overhangs on either ends. However, Nissan has not revealed the car's interior, but it is expected to carry the same visual drama and premium appeal as the exterior.
The upcoming Nissan Magnite is expected to have a lot of things in common with the Renault Kiger. The latter is said to be slated to go on sale in India later this year. The cars will be based on the same CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the Renault Triber, thereby capitalizing on the heavy localization to keep its price in check. The sub-four-metre SUV by Nissan is said to be all set to be positioned aggressively with an estimated price starting from Rs 5.25 Lakh (ex-showroom).
Powering the Nissan Magnite will be a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, making about 95 HP of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. The mill can be had with both manual and automatic gearbox options. The information on the interior of the Magnite is still blurred but we expect the Magnite to get some first-in-class features that will be the car’s competitive edge over its components. In fact, the company has revealed that the upcoming model will offer cruise control, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, and a 360-degree camera.
The sub-4m compact SUV segment has seen rising heat levels in recent times as almost every carmaker now has at least one player in the game. Nissan is set to jump on to the bandwagon as well. With that, the Nissan Magnite will be an important product of the company in India. It will compete directly with the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza and some other cars in the class.