Nissan has unveiled a brand new seven-seater SUV, the Terra. Only expected to reach South Africa in the latter half of 2021 we do have a few details on the Terra on offer in the Middle East.
X-TERRA or TERRA?
The X-Terra is the next part of the Nissan Next transformation strategy which started in 2020 with the Ariya followed by the Nissan Z Proto in September. The name is the Terra though in some markets it’s been rebranded under a previous model name, the X-Terra. In South Africa, it looks like we’ll be getting the Terra badged version, which should be replacing the Pathfinder in Nissan’s line-up slotting in between the smaller X-Trail and bigger Patrol.
Based on the 70-years of SUV know how the X-Terra will be amalgamating the ultimate adventure vehicle with improved connectivity on the Navara platform.
Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East said: “At Nissan, we understand the value our customers place on staying connected to the people and places that matter to them – and we are committed to continue driving innovation within our SUV experiences. The all-new Nissan X-Terra 2021 is designed for adventures, with a roomy interior and advanced technologies to ensure safety and comfort, and empowers customers to go anywhere, beyond boundaries.”
The all-new Terra delivers a robust four-wheel-drive system, including a four-wheel lock, brake limited-slip differential, and electronic locking rear differential – while leading the class in interior room and comfort.
The SUV’s rugged frame suggests durability and practicality, while the front-end debuts quad-LED projector lamps and a bold new V-motion grille. The revised rear and new LED taillights add to the all-new X-Terra’s athletic look, reflecting the Nissan Design team’s dynamic and modern philosophy.
“The all-new X-Terra demonstrates how sophistication and ruggedness can co-exist. We are proud to build a product that offers customers best-in-class riding comfort while also creating a relaxed and quiet setting for togetherness. We believe it will redefine what an SUV in this segment can do, and we are delighted to expand the realm of possibilities for our customers,” Sabbagh continued.
While it was important to make the all-new Nissan X-Terra look rugged, it was vital that the capability underneath the skin lived up to its design. It is indeed the most capable in its class in a number of categories including acceleration while achieving a claimed fuel economy of 11.4km/L.
The all-new X-Terra is equipped with a versatile ladder-frame chassis, reinforced to give it greater rigidity for an authentic off-road drive. It features a five-link coil-spring rear-suspension system and rigid rear-wheel axle, ensuring that comfort and convenience are not compromised by its strength and durability.
In the Middle East, the Terra is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission delivering 124kW and 241Nm of torque. We don’t know what our market will get, or if there will be a diesel option though it might need more power to be a rival to similar-sized SUVs here.
The SUV features Nissan’s familiar dial system that allows drivers to quickly shift from two-wheel drive to 4×4 and should include Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, brake limited-slip differential, and electronic locking rear differential.
The all-new Terra’s 60/40 split-folding second-row and a 50/50 split third-row give plenty of cargo-carrying options, while folded-down second and third rows create a completely flat cargo floor.
A 7-inch TFT Meter is located in the center of the instrument cluster and allows for access to navigation, audio, car settings, and five other information screens including an off-road meter that helps the driver quickly see the tilt of the vehicle and tire angle. Across the Middle East, an 8-inch center display screen and infotainment system are standard for the Titanium grade, while a 9-inch infotainment system with navigation is available for the Platinum grade, we’ll have to wait and see what we get in 2021.
The all-new Terra provides seamless connectivity to your smartphone, equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Passengers can keep all their gadgets powered up with wireless charging as well as USB ports. Additionally, NissanConnect brings Bluetooth, navigation, voice recognition, and more to the driving experience, while the Bose Premium Audio System takes advantage of the interior acoustics of the Terra to provide every passenger with the ultimate listening experience.
An Intelligent Rearview Mirror is a class-first for the all-new Terra. A camera system creates an uninterrupted view of behind the vehicle to reduce stress for the driver when reversing, no matter how many passengers or how much cargo is taking up space inside the vehicle.
The ever-resourceful all-new Terra is also packed with features to keep the entire family entertained for hours. An optional 11-inch flip down monitor turns long road trips into a premium movie theatre, with HDMI connectivity to mirror your smartphone.
Active safety systems in the all-new Nissan Terra also make it stand apart from the competition. Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Intelligent Emergency Braking are all available for the vehicle’s Platinum grade.
Additional accessories available to purchase in the Middle East include an air purifier, welcome light, LED seat-belt indicators, rear-seat entertainment system, blind-spot detection, door visor, trunk net, and exhaust pipe finisher.
While the Terra’s arrival in South Africa might be as far as a year away it’s good to know that Nissan has plans to fight back in the mid-sized SUV battle.