By Iñigo S. Roces
Nissan has announced the impending a rival of a brand new model, long-missing from its lineup. The all-new Terra is set to be Nissan’s contender in the very competitive pick-up-based platform vehicle (PPV) segment.
The vehicle’s arrival is part of Nissan’s frame and LCV division contribution to the Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022 plan. The vehicle will have its official premiere in China this spring.
Nissan’s frame and LCV business unit, which is in charge of ladder frame SUVs, pickups, vans, light-duty trucks, is seen as critical to achieving the company’s midterm plan objectives. One in every six Nissan vehicles sold globally is a frame-based vehicle or an LCV, and the company is focused on capturing this division’s full potential.
“I’m very pleased to announce that the all-new Nissan Terra will soon arrive in China. This rugged SUV is practical, authentic, and designed to go anywhere,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan’s frame and LCV business. “The Nissan Terra goes on sale this spring, first in China, with other Asian markets soon to follow.”
“It is an exciting time for Nissan. We have the Nissan Terra arriving soon, the award-winning Nissan Navara is now in 133 markets worldwide, and more drivers are purchasing our LCVs around the world,” he said.
Like its contemporaries, the Nissan Terra will be built upon the platform of the brand’s top-selling pickup. In this case, it is the Navara and will be sharing key components with the vehicle. The Terra will likely be powered by the same powertrain, being a 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine with a choice of seven-speed automatic of six-speed manual transmission. It could very likely be offered in 4×2 and 4×4 versions with off-road capability similar to the pickup.
Unlike the Navara, the Terra’s façade will be distinctively different, bearing the brand’s trademark V-Motion grille, new LED headlights with daytime running lamps, a rear tailgate and possibly seven seats.
Inside, the Terra shares a similar cabin to the Navara with features like leather seats, dual-zone climate control and numerous power sockets.
Nissan assures that more technical details on the Terra “will be made available in April,” during its debut at the Beijing Auto Show.
In the Philippine market, the Terra will directly compete with the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and Isuzu Mu-X.