After Thailand, will PH be next in line to get the updated Nissan Terra?
After debuting in the Middle East late last year as the X-terra, the refreshed Nissan Terra will be launched in the first SE Asia market next month: Thailand.
According to our friends over at Headlightmag, the updated Terra will be revealed in The Land of Smiles on August 19, 2021. With that, we can expect other SE Asia markets like the Philippines to get the refreshed SUV a few months afterward given that the model is manufactured in Thailand.
But what can we expect from the refreshed Terra following its Thailand launch? For starters, don't expect to find a naturally aspirated gasoline engine under the hood.
Instead, the Thai-spec Terra could come with a twin-turbo 2.3-liter diesel engine. It's the same engine that can be found in the Navara in Thailand and produces 190 PS with 450 Nm of torque. Once the updated Terra arrives in the Philippines, however, it may continue to have the 2.5-liter turbo-diesel inline-four that is currently seeing use in the 2021 Navara. Customers will likely have the option of either a 7-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual.
When it comes to amenities, the Terra bound for Thailand could get similar features to its Middle Eastern counterpart. That means features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a new infotainment touchscreen, a D-shaped steering wheel, as well as new leather upholstery might be available for the Terra.
Speaking of its interior, the design of the Terra's cabin has been revamped and no longer shares its looks with the Navara. It gets new aircon vents, a new instrument panel housing, and a restyled center console and gear selector.
Nissan's Intelligent Mobility safety package could also get an upgrade in the Terra. Variants that will come with this safety suite can expect smart safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, rear-cross traffic alert, and a 360-degree around-view monitoring system.
With less than a month before the updated Nissan Terra makes its SE Asia debut, the midsize SUV wars are bound to heat up. If you're waiting for the new Terra model, keep your fingers crossed it won't take too long or doesn't get delayed by global issues like the pandemic or the semiconductor shortage.