Ladies and gentlemen, the competition in the 2018 SUV division has just intensified substantially. We’ve been aware that the new Navara-based sports utility vehicle has been waiting in the wings for a while, but now the veil has been lifted and we’re happy to report that there is a LOT to be excited about.
Word has it that the all-new Nissan Terra is poised to take the Chinese market by storm in the latter half of 2018, and the Japanese automaker has started to whet the world’s collective appetite by releasing a handful of images and a video that features tantalising glimpses of the long-awaited contender to the throne of the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner.
DID YOU KNOW? The term ‘terra’ is Latin for ‘earth’.
The tech specs are still firmy under wraps, but Nissan has revealed that more information will be made available in April when we expect it will debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. Senior VP for Nissan’s LCV unit, Ashwani Gupta, was quoted as saying that the Terra will go on sale this spring, first in China, with other Asian markets soon to follow, and that the rugged SUV is practical, authentic, and designed to go anywhere.
Want to take a look for yourself? Here’s a sneak peek of this feisty all-rounder in action.
What did we tell you – ever so strapping right? We know what your next question is going to be – what is the South African equivalent and how soon can we expect to see it on showroom floors in sunny SA? Well, according to Nissan South Africa, the Nissan Group of Africa is currently working in collaboration with its parent company to tailor a fresh new LCV that suits the unique requirement of the sub-Saharan market. Reading between the lines, we can surmise that we will soon be treated to a Terra equivalent that will be able to tackle our notoriously tough and varied terrain with ease – so watch this space.
FUN FACT: Nissan is not a family name, as many assume. In 1928, Yoshisuke Aikawa founded the holding company Nihon Sangyo (日本産業 Japan Industries or Nihon Industries). The name ‘Nissan’ originated during the 1930s as an abbreviation used on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for Nihon Sangyo.
For more information on current Nissan SUV models available on the South African market, or to book a test drive to see which vehicle suits you best, get in touch with your nearest Nissan dealer today.