Aside from the pick-up wars of 2021, the mid-size SUV battle of the decade is also heating up. Toyota gave the Fortuner a significant power bump last year, while Ford gave the Everest minor styling changes before the all-new model debuts next year. Then there's Isuzu, who redesigned the Mu-X from bumper to bumper.
Not to be outdone, Nissan gave the Terra a major facelift late last year. However, it wasn't called the Terra at the time. That's because they used the X-Terra moniker for the Middle Eastern market. Don't be fooled though. It's essentially the model we'll get here too, for the most part, that is. Well, that's because the Middle East models do not have a diesel option. Instead, those versions use the 2.5-liter gas engine from the X-Trail.
So, what can we expect from the local model Terra? A photo from Thailand might give us a few hints. If anything, the origin of the photo is enough of a clue as it is. It hints at the regional debut of the model, which could be in a matter of weeks at the earliest. And since we source most of our models from Thailand, you can bet that a local debut is in the works, conditions permitting, of course.
Right now, the only view we have of the ASEAN-spec Terra is its rear end. That said, it appears largely similar to the one sold in the Middle East. There is little to tell the two apart from the new tail lights to the lower trim on the bumper. There is even a cover on the license plate garnish, suggesting that the chrome piece is also present on the Southeast Asian models. With that, we're expecting the same interior updates and wheel choices from the Middle Eastern models.
We are certain local models will get diesel engines under the hood, and we won't see the 2.5-liter gas from other markets. Nissan won't have much incentive to bring in the gas-fed engine here either. Besides, look at Toyota who ditched gas engines for the Fortuner and Innova. With that, expect the same 2.5-liter turbodiesel from the current Terra, along with transmission options of a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic. Of course, it would be great if Nissan Philippines offers the 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel instead, even if it does have the same power as the 2.5-liter diesel.