Nissan’s version of Duster christened as Terrano?

Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 - 10:25am IST

We all know that Nissan is burning the midnight oil to get its own version of the super hit Renault Duster as soon as possible.

Nissan Duster render front and back reports that the crossover is named as Nissan Terrano. Well Terrano is not a brand new name. Nissan used to sell a mid-size SUV by that name from 1993 to 2006. The old SUV spent its entire lifespan without undergoing any major changes.

The 2014 Nissan Terrano as we know it, will not be a mere badge changing exercise. The Nissan’s version will feature significant change in terms of sheet metal design compared to the Renault Duster. However, Nissan attempts to save costs by retaining the interior, of course with the Nissan badge on the steering wheel.

Contradictory to the previous expectations, reports that the Nissan Terrano will be costlier than the Renault Duster by Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 70,000. Technically Nissan is borrowing the Duster from Renault and hence needs to pay a hefty royalty for it!

The car will use the same powertrain options as the Duster. The 1.5 litre K9k engine will spearhead the proceedings but given that the Terrano will be positioned above the Duster, we expect only the 110PS version of this engine to be available. The Duster also offers 85PS version of the motor for those who are on a strict budget.

The Nissan Terrano is given priority right now and we won’t be surprised if the company manages to launch the vehicle by this year’s festive season! Considering that Nissan has opted a name that was known internationally, there are chances that we could see the Terrano being exported to overseas markets at a later stage.


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7 thoughts on “Nissan’s version of Duster christened as Terrano?

  1. Ayyappan says:

    The naming seems interesting. The speculated prod sketches on Team BHP and Autocar looks stunning.

    When I had contemplated on buying a compact SUV, I was in love with the Duster. But the love melted away once the prices were announced. Then I started following the Ecosport till I saw the display car and decided to abandon the plans of owning it. It was too tiny and cramped to be called an SUV and not a practical car for my liking.

    Now, the Terrano definitely looks very promising with its X Trail design elements and the typical macho Duster look. But the pricing news is bit of a let down. I’d expect them to release the Terrano by this Diwali. We haven’t heard much about the Alpha SUV from the Maruti stable yet.

  2. Panav Khanna says:

    Nissan Terrano would do wonders if priced strategically by Nissan India.

  3. Swapnil R says:

    Been eagerly waiting for news on this front. Even after reading this there’s a small of me that wants it to be priced lower than the Duster!

  4. Mathew says:

    Technically, cost sharing is the best kept secrets in these kind of projects.

    Is this news a mere speculation by an auto journalist or that confirmed by dependable channels?

  5. sandy says:

    “Technically Nissan is borrowing the Duster from Renault and hence needs to pay a hefty royalty for it!”
    I heard these companies were managed by same owner, so I thought of free flow of technologies within them.
    Then how much Renault is paying for Micra and Sunny?

    1. PC says:

      It’s not quite that cut and dry. Technically, Renault and Nissan are both shareholders in each other, but they are not merged, or specifically controlled by only one.

      Regarding the Duster, it uses a previously existing Renault platform. It’s not part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance joint development plans. So Nissan has to pay to use it.

      Renault may not be paying that much for their Micra/Sunny twins. Maybe manufacturing costs. But the Micra and Sunny use an old Renault Clio technical platform. The 1.2 engine is a Nissan powerplant (derived from the HR family 1.6), but the 1.5 dCi engine is wholly-owned by Renault.

      1. Hi PC, the Sunny and Micra are based on the V-Platform that is completely new and was developed in Japan. It has no connection with the older Clio.

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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!