Back in May, Nissan said they will launch 13 new and updated models as part of their transformation plan. So far, they rolled out five, namely the Armada (also known as the Patrol Royale), the facelifted Kicks, the all-new Rogue and X-Trail, and the Z Proto. Now, a sixth model joins that list.
Months after the concept's reveal, Nissan debuts the Magnite subcompact crossover. Looking at the global line-up, the Magnite is the smallest in the range, slotting below the Juke and the Kicks. So, what does the Magnite have to offer?
In the looks department, the massive grille takes center stage with a pair of slim headlights to complement the panel. Soft curves and lines are the themes here with L-shaped LED daytime running lights and rounded off corners. The pronounced fender flares give the Magnite a wider-looking stance, and the doors are devoid of jagged lines and angles for a cleaner look. As for the rear, there's a wide tailgate with an integrated spoiler, along with slim tail lights to complement the wide stance.
Other stats? Nissan says the Magnite offers 205 mm of ground clearance, which should be good for crossing floods and rough roads. Also, it has features such as Hill Start Assist, front and rear bumper skid plates, functional roof rails, and Nissan’s 360-degree Around View Monitor.
Inside, Nissan went for a funky theme with polygonal shapes on the dash. The Magnite bucks the trend of floating touchscreens by integrating it to the center of the dash. And even though the Magnite is marketed as an affordable crossover, it is available with a digital instrument cluster. Nissan claims the Magnite offers a lot of room and cargo despite being less than four meters long.
Now for the engine and there is only one option for now. It's a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder mill with a turbocharger. Nissan isn't revealing any specs for it right now, but they say it will be one of the most powerful in its class.
The Magnite will go on sale during the first half of 2021. However, that launch date is for India since the subcompact crossover is assembled there. That said, it will also be exported to other countries, although it is unknown if it will be sold in Southeast Asia.