Last week, Nissan India showed a teaser of an all-new crossover that could slot below the Kicks and the Juke. At the time, the automaker did not mention its name, although we did notice it appears to resemble the M-named crossover that they teased a few months earlier.
Now, Nissan has officially revealed their latest crossover and it bears the name 'Magnite'. Touted as a concept, for now, the subcompact crossover combines ruggedness with sleek looks and it appears to be ready for production.
While most Nissan vehicles proudly show the V-Motion front grille, the Magnite has a hexagonal front grille that features a honeycomb-like insert. Meanwhile, sweptback headlights, L-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a faux skid plate upfront further give the Magnite a look separate from other Nissan crossovers. It also has massive alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, flared wheel arches, a floating roofline, LED taillights, and an aggressive-looking rear bumper.
Certain elements of the exterior might be toned down once the Magnite goes into production. But given India has one of the harshest roads in the world, the flared wheel arches, tall ride height, and the chunky tires might make their way to the production model. What we're sure of is that it will be the second model to have the new Nissan emblem after the Ariya EV.
We have yet to see what the Magnite's interior looks like. But according to Nissan, the crossover concept will be roomy and will be big on features. It will also come with 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, 360-degree around-view monitor, and wireless connectivity features. Perhaps these features will also be making their way to the production model.
Nissan did not mention as to what engine will power the Magnite. However, rumors are going around that a 1.0-liter engine will be available for the Magnite. It will reportedly be available with natural aspiration, as well as with a turbocharger. A choice of a manual transmission, automated-manual transmission (AMT), as well as a CVT will supposedly be available for the Nissan Magnite too.
“The Nissan Magnite is an evolutionary leap in Nissan’s global SUV DNA. With cutting-edge technology onboard, it will be a game-changer in its segment. We are confident that Nissan Magnite will redefine the B-SUV segment for the industry,” said Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director of Nissan Motor India.
When will the Nissan Magnite be launched in India? Nissan only said that it will go on sale in India 'within the financial year'. Some are saying, however, that it will be making its official launch in early 2021.
With Nissan already having the Kicks and Juke as their B-segment crossovers available worldwide, it looks like the automaker wants to have a three-pronged approach on the lucrative subcompact market with the Magnite. But could it also be available in other markets like South East Asia? We'll just have to wait and see.