Nissan Magnite small SUV debuts in India with big dreams


Nissan has revealed the production version of the Magnite concept that we saw in July this year. The tiny, sub-4 metre crossover is expected to go on sale in India by the end of this year or early 2021.

The Magnite is built on the same underpinnings as the fairly successful Triber MPV. The styling retains most of the elements from the aforementioned concept, including the alloy wheel design. The example here is riding on 16-inch Diamond-cut ones. The shape of the roof spoiler is pretty cool, reminds you of the one on the Infiniti QX60 Monograph. Depending on the trim, exterior features would include LED bi-projector headlights, L-shaped LED running lights, and LED fog lights. The taillights look pretty cool too, however, they are not LEDs. Thankfully, there are no fake exhaust tips here, which should be genuinely appreciated.


The front fascia reminds me so much of the Datsun redi-GO facelift! Anyway, Nissan says that the roof rails are functional and can bear a 50 kg (110 lbs) load. In case you’re wondering, the Magnite boasts a ground clearance of 205 mm, which should do a good job of protecting its underbody from crappy Indian roads.

The cabin looks equally impressive with its hexagonal-ish air vents and a driver-focused layout. Meaning, the centre section of the dashboard is slightly tilted (5-degrees) towards the driver. There are a decent number of storage spaces too; the glovebox apparently is of 10-litre capacity. The rear passengers get an armrest with two cup holders.


When it comes to luggage space, the Magnite offers 336-litres. The rear seat bench folds 60:40, which is a neat little feature if you need to carry more stuff.


Depending on the trim, the features list would also include an 8-inch touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto & Apple Carplay connectivity; a 7-inch driver display with TPMS monitoring; steering-mounted audio and phone controls; 6 speakers, and cruise control. Safety and assistance features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and Hill-start Assist.


Moving on to the business end of the story then, the Magnite will be powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that’ll be available in N/A and turbocharged variants. The naturally aspirated variant will offer 53 kW (72 metric hp) at 6,250 rpm and 96 Nm (71 lb-ft) of torque at 3,500 rpm, and is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The turbocharged variant will develop 74 kW (100 metric hp) at 5,000 rpm and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque between 2,800-3,600 rpm, and can be paired with a 5-speed MT or a CVT. However, to show some mercy for the CVT, the torque output appears to be limited to 152 Nm (112 lb-ft).


Given the growing popularity of B-SUVs in India, we aim for the all-new Nissan Magnite to redefine the segment and surpass customer expectations in the country. It is the ideal aspirational upgrade for hatchback customers in India who are weighing their options and looking to own a world-class SUV, from a globally renowned brand that has a strong SUV heritage. – Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India

Nissan India is planning to export the car to other markets as well.

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