IAB Report – Feature-rich Nissan Terrano with 4WD, steering mounted controls under consideration


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Indian Autos Blog has just driven the Nissan Terrano and our review should be coming up shortly. The badge-engineered Renault Duster is slated to launch within the next 3 weeks, though official bookings already commenced on September 1.

Nissan Terrano side
Nissan Terrano will be launched only in 2WD, at least initially.

The Terrano will be available with the 1.6-liter petrol and the 1.5-liter K9K diesel in both states of tune (85PS and 110PS). Initially, the Terrano will be offered as a 2WD only. However, we learn that Nissan India is considering a 4WD version of the Terrano for a future launch.

With the Duster, we are constantly being told by Renault India officials that most customers would never use the 4WD function. Hence, the company has made no effort to launch the Duster 4×4 in India. Renault-Nissan’s Chennai plant however, makes the 4WD version of the Duster, albeit with the Dacia logo, for exports to the UK and Ireland. The 4×4 system is imported while the rest of the car is locally made.

Nissan Terrano steering wheel
Even the top-end XV Premium Terrano does not get steering mounted audio controls.

Nissan is looking to better differentiate the Terrano from the Duster with a 4×4 variant. Apart from the all wheel drive system, the company is also working on steering mounted audio controls. Currently, even the top-end XV Premium Terrano will be sold without this feature, however, future Terranos may inherit it from the Nissan Sunny.

Nissan India will also be offering a 6.1-inch multimedia touchscreen system as an accessory on the Terrano. The system will embed into the center console and should come with AUX, USB and navigation. Nissan will not be offering the rear jump seats on the Terrano though.

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