Despite the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance facing challenging times recently, the tides may have turned with the new Nissan Magnite. The Japanese automaker has outdone themselves with a car that not only looks the part but also shows impressive performance and technology features.
For the moment, the Nissan Magnite is aimed at the Indian market where it will be manufactured and sold. Unfortunately, there is no confirmation yet whether it will come to South Africa but anyone who loves quality automotive engineering will hope it does and here is why.
Build Quality And Engine Performance
The Nissan Magnite compact SUV is designed and developed on the modified version of the CMF-A modular platform. It also underpins the Renault Kwid, Datsun Redi-GO and the Triber MPV.
In terms of powertrain, the Nissan Magnite gets a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 99bhp with 160Nm of torque. Transmission is either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic. Nissan may also introduce the compact SUV with a naturally-aspirated 1.0L engine providing 71bhp and 96Nm of torque.
Exceptional Design And Styling
The front-end of the SUV looks similar to Datsun styling as it features an octagonal grille with a mesh pattern, silver/chrome bars on the sides, chrome embellishments and L-shaped daytime running lamps. While Nissan revealed the concept Magnite with chunkier wheels, it will be changed in the production car.
The Nissan Magnite gets a more rugged appearance with bold wheel arches surrounded by black plastic body cladding along with an upright position and a flatter profile. It will feature functional roof rails, roof-integrated spoiler, sloping roofline, wrap-around tail-lamps and a side profile synonymous to crossovers.
In terms of comfort and convenience, the Nissan Magnite seems to have it all with LED headlamps and LED tail-lamps, a factory-fitted panoramic sunroof, 360-degree surround-view camera, touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control.
Nissan Magnite Interior And Technology Features
The new Nissan Magnite compact SUV will have an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay while doubling as a display for the reverse camera. It also gets Nissan Connect, connected car technology that offers multiple features like remote engine start/stop system, and geo-fencing among others. According to Nissan, the Magnite offers a spacious cabin for both front and rear occupants with smartphone connectivity and automatic climate control.
More About The Nissan Magnite
“Magnite” is a perfect blend of “magnetic” and “ignite” which describes the Nissan Magnite beautifully. The exterior in itself will send shivers down your spine while the interior screams modernism and functionality.
This subcompact SUV will slot in below the Nissan Kicks, calling the production car a global ‘B-SUV’. It will be a smaller offering measuring below four meters for tax purposes, competing with the Suzuki Vitara and Hyundai Venue.
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