Upcoming Nissan Cars in India in 2020-21
Nissan has been missing from the action from quite some time now. Barring the Kicks, there have been no recent unveilings or launches from the carmaker for quite a while now. However, that is supposed to change quite soon as Nissan has just unveiled the Magnite sub-4m compact SUV in the Indian market, and it sure seems like a promising one.
The only other thing to came out of the Nissan factory this year was the turbocharged version of the standard Kicks, which – even for a special version – looks exactly identical to the standard model. It also came with a CVT auto box, alongside the standard manual one. Of course, there are some new badges, but that’s about it. In comparison, it’s sibling, the Renault Duster came with a special version with red inserts and a new set of alloy wheels. But do note that the Nissan Kicks is a fairly new model in comparison to its cousin sibling.
Apart from that, there are a few new models coming in Nissan’s line-up later this year and some next year. So, here’s your first look at all the upcoming Nissan Cars in India in 2020-21.
1. Nissan Magnite
One that deserved the most attention recently is the Nissan Magnite sub-4m compact SUV. It has been recently unveiled in its production-spec version by the maker and it sure looks like a very promising model. From what it seems, the Nissan Magnite is a compact SUV with massive aspirations. It not only marks the manufacturer’s entry into the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment but is also the Japanese carmaker’s big hope to turn things around in India.
It is based on the same Renault-Nissan’s CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the Triber 7-seater MPV. While it may be a compact SUV, it sure doesn’t look like one thanks to some crucial detailing and highlights on the exterior. Be it the macho-looking bonnet adding substantial mass to the front, massive wheel arches that actually make the 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels look small, bi-projector LED headlamps, L-shaped LED DRLs and even LED fog lamps at the base of the bumper, or the skid plates on both ends, the overall design seems very well executed.
The interiors aren’t as radical as the exteriors, but they seem to be well done. Space inside is good, even at the second row, which is something you won’t hear for most compact SUVs. The dashboard plastics are hard, but the leather padding on the steering wheel is nicely done. Moreover, it gets some nice goodies too, like an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple Carplay/ Android Auto, a 7.0-inch TFT display for instrumentation, segment-first 360-degree parking cameras, tyre pressure monitoring system, wireless smartphone charging, and so on.
While Nissan hasn’t officially unveiled the powertrain details for the Magnite just yet, it will come powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine that will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox for the lower variants. That said, a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine will make its India debut on the Magnite, which will be paired with a manual and a CVT auto box. There would be no diesel engine on offer, sadly. Expect the Magnite to start from as low as Rs. 5 lakhs, which would make it the least expensive offering in the segment. It is set to arrive next month.
2. Nissan Leaf EV
The Leaf EV is a huge-selling model from Nissan in the global markets, and could very well give the brand a much-needed push in the Indian market as well. It was first unveiled in its current-spec in 2017, with a newer design and a newer electric powertrain. There’s a small chance that Nissan will introduce it in the Indian market, but if it does, it would make it to our market sometime next year.
3. Nissan Kicks Facelift
Even though the Kicks is still a fairly new model, there’s news that an updated facelift version is in the works. As is a norm with facelifts, the Kicks would receive a fresh front fascia, new set of alloy wheels, and a slightly reprofiled rear end. Moreover, better equipment levels and some changes to the interiors are also expected. It might be launched towards the end of next year.Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.