For quite some time now, Nissan has been teasing us with tidbits of information about its brand-new mid-sized SUV, the Nissan Terra. The last scuttle bug was two years ago, when Nissan was heard to be testing a Navarra-based SUV. Since then, there have been no clues or further information heard from the Japanese car manufacturer, until the official announcement that actually came with photos back in February 26 of this year. It also unveiled the debut location as the 2018 Beijing Motor Show that took place last April.
Though it is a new car, Nissan already has well over 60 years of experience when it comes to body-on-frame SUVs. Mounting a separate body to a rigid and sturdy frame was the original method of constructing automobiles, and not as many manufacturers are using it for sedans, mostly SUVs and pickup trucks. The last American luxury car that used this method of manufacturing was the Lincoln Town Car, which once dominated the limousine market but was discontinued since 2011.
The years of experience building and developing the various Nissan Patrol models were put to full use when creating the Nissan Terra. Because of its body-on-frame manufacturing, it has great ability when it comes to traversing off-road terrain, and the inside is designed to have a sleek and comfortable feel. It has most of the features that come with the newest batch of Nissan vehicles, and it offers a great carrying capacity because of its separate frame. The idea of a “Go Anywhere” design was in mind during the design of this vehicle, and it shows in the high approach and departure angle of the bottom, as well as the higher road clearance.
Many experts have also said that the Nissan Terra is being marketed as a rugged, off-road 4×4 as opposed to the latest variants of SUVs like the Pathfinder and X-Trail which have been modified for better city-road travel. The higher ups at Nissan have also mentioned that the Nissan Terra is the descendant of the Nissan Patrol which was originally designed for military and police use. Though the Terra was not made with that usage in mind, it combines off-road ability with the city-dwellers need for style and comfort which is very attractive for a lot of drivers.
The Nissan Terra is said to feature a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. Just like in the Navarra, it gives 188 horsepower as well as 332 pounds per feet for torque, which peaks at 1,500 rpm and stays stable even until 2,500 rpm. For manual transmission, it will most likely feature a six-speed transmission, while the automatic variants will have the seven-speed one. If there were an option aside from the 4×4, it would most likely be a rear-wheel drive, which is standard for most vehicles.
When directly looked at up front, the Nissan Terra looks exactly like the Nissan Navarra, even down to its Nissan V-Motion grille design. The fact that an SUV’s front looks like that of the pickup truck is commonly found, even in other manufacturers. It features boomerang LED signature headlamps, with the rear lights also being LED. The rear bumper also features reflectors, as well as backup sensors, and a tow hitch is to be located right below. The tow rating is said to be similar to the Navarra, which is 3,500 to 6,500 pounds, which is configuration dependent.
The Nissan Terra shares a similar dashboard to that of the Navarra. It features Dual-Zone Climate controls, three-row seating, a seven-inch infotainment screen, a driver information center and a 2/3/2 seating arrangement. So from what you can see, bother exterior and interior are similar to that of the Navarra. It definitely provides some luxury features like the push-button engine start (though lower variants may feature a turn-key ignition), several USB and power ports, and ample storage spaces as well. Nissan aims to dominate when it comes to rear space and loading capacity, though the exact figures have not been released yet.
Once again, the Nissan Terra follows the tire tracks of the Nissan Navarra with its independent front suspension, and a rear suspension that will make use of a solid axle that is going to be held in place by a five-link system, as well as coil springs. Despite the fact that it is optimized for off-road adventuring, the Terra is still more focused on comfort than it is with outright hauling and towing. Because of this, it is given that the passengers will have a smooth ride.