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Nissan India has just officially announced the Nissan Terrano, which happens to be the next car for the Japanese auto maker after the refreshed Micra. The Terrano is, as the entire India would know, a rebadged, re-skinned Renault/Dacia Duster, which is a super-hit in the Indian market with over 60,000 units sold within a year of its launch.

Nissan has also released a sketch of the Terrano which you see here. The Terrano sports an entirely redesigned front fascia including the Nissan grill (usually reserved for their bigger SUVs). We’re expecting Nissan to make a couple of sheet metal changes to better differentiate the Terrano from the Duster.

Nissan Terrano Official Sketch

Nissan Terrano official sketch

Underneath the hood, the engine lineup is expected to be the same. A 1.6-liter petrol engine will form the base while the 1.5-liter K9K diesel engine will be available in two states of tune, 85PS and 110PS, on high-end variants.

2013 Renault Duster

The front three quarters view of the Renault Duster for comparison.

The Terrano will be made at the Renault-Nissan plant in Oragadam, Chennai, where the Renault Duster is being made for local consumption and where the Dacia Duster is also being made for exports to the UK and Ireland. Though the Duster is made with a 4WD system for UK and Ireland (where it is shipped as a Dacia), it is not offered to the Indian market. Would be interesting then to see if the Nissan Duster gets 4WD technology as they are its suppliers to Dacia/Renault.

The Terrano is due to be launched by the end of this year. It is expected to have a higher price tag as compared to the Renault Duster, mainly because Nissan would have to pay some sort of royalty fees for using the platform. This has been the case when Renault have rebadged the Micra and the Sunny as well.

Nissan Duster render front and back

This is Shoeb’s rendering of the car’s front and rear based on some sketches that appeared on Facebook fan pages.

The Terrano is also one of the last rebadged Renault-Nissan products for India.

Kenichiro Yomura, President and CEO of Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, said –

Terrano will play a key role in increasing sales within the Indian market. I am delighted to reveal both the name and the very first image of what will be a very important model for Nissan. You can see from the sketch that Terrano has a bold and distinctive design that I am confident will appeal to our growing customer base in India, as will its driving performance and range of other features that will be revealed at a later date.

Head over to Page 2 to read the official press release

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  • Varun

    I love it. This is a very confident, very well resolved shape and I can see it attracting an audience on entirely those grounds. If those Duster underpinnings work like they’re supposed, it ought to be a complete package – excellent work, Nissan.

  • Ashutosh

    Hey Guys, I live in New York Currently I drive BMW 5 Series butI like the looks of Nissan Terrano

    Its very Rugged & Tough Looks lie a proper SUV
    I luv to own one of it

  • rahul

    Design Team of Nissan Terrano India and Mr Kenichiro Yomura
    I strongly feel that giving the same old bulky bonnet (which is not proportionate design) will not attract numbers as Duster is available in market.
    Try to give proportionate design.

    • Varun

      Mind defining ‘proportionate’? And don’t be fooled by this, this is merely an artistic rendering. Most cars truly divulge their true proportions and stance only in real life, not an exaggerated and stylistic sketch.

  • Asti

    When will you release in Indonesia?

  • Achyuth

    Nissan, You Rock. It seems RIP for Duster already. Contray to the speculations made by websites that the Terrano will be priced higher than the Duster, I believe that they will price it lesser when compared to the Duster because the B Platform that underpins the Duster is made by Nissan so Nissan does not need to pay the royalty fee. Renault will have to pay that to Nissan though. If the royalty is pretty high, Nissan can use that money on giving some more equipment to the Terrano. Looks terrific. Hyundai Storm Edge dethroned! :P

    • Achyuth

      Looks like Nissan will win the beauty contest between themselves and Renault. And the Terrano and the Micra surely help them. Will surely revert with more details on the Terrano by asking the dealership about the launch date, is there any test mules running. Since the Chennai and Vellore dealers are the ones who are mighty close to the factory, we can source info from those drivers who drive cars to the dealership before it is delivered.

  • Ayyappan

    I’m might impressed with the Terrano !!! It looks a proper SUV to me with the X Trail front grill. Terrific work by Nissan so far.

  • VIQI

    can you compare Enjoy and Quanto….?am looking for a good 7 seater…