Nissan Magnite is one of the much-awaited launches in the country. The Japanese automaker has struggled to carve out a niche for itself in the fast-growing Indian market. It missed the trick in capturing market share in the popular and competitive compact SUV segment with the Kicks. Now, it has a chance to make its presence felt in the subcompact SUV space with the official launch of Magnite tomorrow, the 2nd of December, 2020. As per rumours and a leaked price sheet from a particular dealership, Nissan Magnite is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 5.50 lakh - Rs 8.15 lakh (ex-showroom), India. If the official price stays true or lies somewhere around it, it will help Nissan in competing against established rivals like the Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. By launching Magnite here in India first, Nissan's emphasis on the domestic buyer is quite clear.
Nissan Magnite is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CMF-A + platform that has been heavily localized to reduce manufacturing costs overall. The platform also underpins model like the Renault Triber and upcoming Renault Kiger. Moving onto design, the upcoming subcompact SUV provides a unique front profile sporting dual projector headlamps and a Octagonal grille influenced by Datsun. Further, the buyer can look forward to L-shaped LED DRLs while the fog lamps and a skid plate are integrated into the front bumper. Roof rails and plastic cladding on wheel arches on the side profile lends a muscular feel to the vehicle. The manufacturer has added LED's to the tail-lamp clusters while the rear stands to offer a skid plate as well. Additionally, the inclusion of ‘MAGNITE’ lettering on the tailgate lends charm to the model.
Its interior boasts of segment-first features like an 8-inch infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, automatic climate control, cruise control, steering mounted controls and a fully digital instrument console with 7-inch TFT screen. To give the Indian buyers options, Nissan is offering Tech Pack’ with the XV and XV Premium trims. It will set the customer back by almost Rs 25,000 - Rs 30,000. With the Tech Pack, customers will get features like LED ambient lighting, wireless charger, puddle lamps, premium speakers and an air purifier. With exciting equiment list, Nissan is upping the game in the crowded subcompact SUV segment in India.
Nissan will be offering two petrol engine options - a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and a 1.0-litre turbo unit on the Magnite. The former delivers 72 bhp of power output with transmission duty being taken care by a 5-speed manual gearbox. While, the turbocharged engine will produce 99 bhp and a peak torque of 160 Nm. The manufacturer will be offering a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission unit with the turbocharged engine. By giving advanced XTronic CVT transmission, Nissan aims to leave its rivals in the wake.