The Nissan Terrano name will make its revival as the automaker announced it as a new SUV for the Indian market and possibly global emerging markets. The announcement comes after rumors of a Dacia Duster-based Nissan SUV in the works for a release in India soon. Dacia is a Romanian automaker also owned by Renault. The Terrano is expected to be released by the end of 2013.
The new Terrano will be produced at the Renault-Nissan Oragadam facility in Chennai which also makes the Micra, Sunny (Almera), and Evalia (NV200) for Nissan and the Indian Renault Duster. We speculate it will be powered by either a 1.6-liter gas engine or a 1.5-liter dCi turbodiesel as with the Duster.
Details of the new Nissan Terrano have not been released. “Driving performance and range of other features will be revealed at a later date,” according to Kenichi Yomura, President and CEO of Nissan Motor India.
The Terrano was first debuted in Japan in 1986 as a body-on-frame-based SUV, which was also released in the Philippine market in the ‘90s. The model was eventually discontinued after the first generation for the Philippine market. The nameplate was dropped Internationally in 2005 in favor of the US-derived Pathfinder badge.
We may see the Terrano make its return to the Philippines, if Nissan decides to bring the model to the ASEAN market.