It is always interesting to compare a concept car with the production model based on it. In the past, it was not so much fun, because several years would pass between concept and production. So now we wrote about the Nissan Magnite Concept car in August and in December we are able to flesh out that story with some actual specs. The Nissan Magnite has just been launched in India, where it will be manufactured for that and international markets.
Firstly, the exterior styling has not changed much, with the grille and headlights still giving a nod to the Datsun roots. It does so in a grownup way with angled LED running lights and may well signal a new emphasis in the Nissan design language. The Mangite will ride on 16-inch mags and on the roof fully-functional cargo rails can carry 50kg.
Most of the pictures we have seen show a distinct two-tone body/roof dynamic, with door handles and bumper detailing adding to this.
In terms of dimensions and general upmarket look and feel, the Mangite at under 4-metre long is very much a sub-compact SUV, going head-on against the likes of the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maturi Suzuki Brezza and Tata Nexon. It neatly fills the gap in Nissan’s SUV lineup below the flagship Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Qashqai.
Internally it also competes very well. The car is ergonomically well designed, with a distinct cockpit look and feel to the driver’s corner. An 8-inch infotainment panel with wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play dominate the centre of the facia, while the driver has a 7-inch instrument cluster. The driver will have cruise control, a 360-degree around-view monitor and Nissan Connect.
You get two engine options with the Nissan Magnite: a 1-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder giving you 74kW and 160Nm, or a 1-litre turbo petrol 3-cylinder petrol that gives you 86kW and 170Nm. Both versions will come with a 5-speed manual, while the turbo will also offer CVT.
According to Nissan South Africa, the Magnite will be launched in South Africa early in 2021. The actual date and price range are not yet confirmed.