It seems our guess was spot on. The mystery crossover Nissan was launching in Indonesia was the Magnite and not an all-new model.
Following the Magnite's launch in India, Nissan's smallest crossover has now arrived in the ASEAN region with its regional debut in Indonesia. The automaker didn't seem to change anything for the export model either. The Indonesia-spec Magnite looks very much the same as the India-spec both inside and out.
Styling-wise, the Magnite features a large grill front and center flanked by a pair of slim headlights with L-shaped LED daytime running lights located below it. Though no photos of the rear or interior were provided, we highly doubt any changes were made either. With 205 mm ground clearance, it can certainly go through more rough roads and cross flooded streets.
What about the engine? Well, it's the same too. Under the hood of the Indonesia-spec Magnite is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 100 HP and 160 Nm torque. Transmission options include a manual or CVT, depending on the trim.
With the Magnite launched in Indonesia, the question now is whether the rest of the ASEAN region will get Nissan's smallest crossover as well. At the moment, it is still uncertain as Indonesia remains the only country in the region to offer the small crossover. If Nissan introduces and produces the vehicle in markets like Thailand, then it could be a good sign of things to come.
Given the popularity of small crossovers in the Philippines, the Magnite could prove to be a hit should Nissan Philippines decide to introduce the model. It's not an expensive vehicle either; in Indonesia, the Magnite starts at Rp 208,800,000 or roughly PHP 703,000. At that price point, there's not a lot of crossover models to choose from.
Do you think Nissan Philippines should bring in the Magnite? They are already bringing in the Kicks, so they might just surprise us with the Magnite as well.