Nissan Magnite has already got a lot of things going for it like aggressive pricing, feature packed variants, and modern styling
The Nissan Magnite is off to a very promising start in the Indian auto market with over 15,000 bookings since its launch in December 2020. The Japanese automaker launched the compact SUV with an introductory price tag of Rs 4.99 lakh, which is Rs 1 lakh cheaper than all its segment rivals. For the same price as a Kia Sonet or Hyundai Venue’s base model, you can get a well-specced mid-range Magnite model. This aggressive pricing has put hatchbacks like the Maruti Ignis or Hyundai Grand-i10 in aa vulnerable spot as well. Today, we just received the results of its crash test safety ratings.
As per the overall score from ASEAN-NCAP, the Nissan Magnite has scored a rating of 4 stars. However, detailed category wise scores, as well as information on the variant tested, are awaited currently. The Magnite currently is being exclusively manufactured in India as of now, it is highly likely the India-spec Magnite was crash tested. Like Global NCAP, ASEAN-NCAP follows a strict set of guidelines and crash test speeds are similar as well. With the Indian consumer finally giving a bigger awareness to the crashworthiness of a vehicle, the Magnite’s 4-star rating comes as an added factor for the compact SUV’s appeal. Nissan India’s future heavily depends on the Magnite’s success, and currently, it is showing good promise to do just that.
In terms of features, The Magnite gets a multi-functional steering wheel, the centre-console gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-built Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a 7-inch TFT instrument console, and around view monitor display on the screen. It also gets a push-button start/stop system, power windows, automatic AC, rear AC vents, cruise control, etc. The higher models get extra features like a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a rear-seat armrest with 2 cupholders. Nissan is also offering an optional Tech Pack on the top models with even more creature comforts like a wireless charger, high-end speakers from JBL, an air purifier, ambient mood lighting, and puddle lamps.
The new Nissan Magnite is available with two powertrain choices, a 1.0 litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol which makes 81 PS/96 Nm of peak power and torque figures and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The other choice is a 1.0 litre 3-pot turbo-petrol makes figures of 99 PS/160 Nm with the 5-speed manual and 99 PS/152 Nm when paired to the CVT auto.