Vince Pornelos / Nissan | April 12, 2018 23:52
Nissan wants to conquer the ladder-frame SUV market with Terra
After a long period of spyshots, teasers, and an initial salvo of studio shots, Nissan has finally revealed the first on-location images of what is essentially the SUV brother of their Navara.
Called the Terra, the new seven seater SUV will challenge the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu mu-X, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Everest, and Mitsubishi Montero Sport, all of which are strong sellers of their respective brands in our PPV-saturated market.
"The Nissan Terra builds on our strong SUV heritage while incorporating the needs of the Asian customer and the performance of our refined frame vehicles," said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan's senior vice president for their Light Commercial Vehicle Business which the Terra is classified under. "The Terra is a descendant of the Nissan Patrol, our tough off-road icon originally designed for police and military use."
As previously revealed by Nissan through studio images, the Terra's on-location shots showcase its strong design characteristics like the signature V-motion grille of the brand, a pair of headlamps with “boomerang” LEDs, the muscular shape and haunches, and the very tall stance. Nissan, in fact, was highlighting that the Terra has a ground clearance of 225 millimeters; one of the tallest in the class or the tallest outright, depending on the specifications of competitor models depending on the market.
Being closely related to the Navara, the Terra's strong design is backed up by the ladder frame chassis it rides on, along with the five-link coil spring rear suspension that the Navara has been known for. The combination of the suspension set up along with the four-wheel drive powertrain (for some models) means that the Terra promises a tough, rugged, and authentic drive when taken off the road.
Nissan demonstrated this capability with a video, showcasing the Terra being taken on difficult terrain while leveraging its heritage that can be traced back to the Patrol.
“We made an effort to put all the knowledge and history of the Patrol in this project,” said Pedro Deanda, Nissan's Chief Product Specialist for the Terra. “That heritage was utilized to make a truly capable vehicle.”
Many of the Navara's features were incorporated into the new three-row Terra SUV such as the Zero Gravity front seats for comfort, their 4WD Diff lock feature, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Nissan also says the Terra will come with their Intelligent Mobility safety suite with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, as well as Intelligent Emergency Braking.
The Terra will make its actual world debut at the Beijing auto show in a few weeks, and in line with that, Nissan has announced that the Chinese model will come with a QR25 gasoline engine that makes 180 PS and 251 Newton meters of torque. It will only be a 5-seater model as well, other markets will likely get 7-seater options.
Nissan said in their statement that the Terra will be launched in other Asian markets later this year, presumably with similar turbodiesels as their Navara offerings.