After years of development, Nissan has finally joined the hotly-contested pickup-platform SUV segment with the all-new Terra. Aimed squarely against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Ford Everest, Isuzu mu-X and the like, it features a sleek and muscular design that is complemented by the company's suite of Intelligent Mobility features. Power is provided by a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine that is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. Top-spec models get extra features like LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control with rear vents, touchscreen infotainment, 4WD capability with center locking diff, blind-spot sensing, cruise control, 360-degree around view monitor and a reverse camera.

Now we've got it. And as a testament to how Nissan sees the Philippines as a driver for growth in ASEAN, they didn't hold the regional premiere in the normally default choice: Thailand. No, Nissan decided to hold the regional launch here in Pampanga, bringing journalists from the region in what could be one of the largest automotive launch events in the Philippines.

The teasing is done, and the fanfare of the launch itself is done. Now we're going to drive the Nissan Terra.

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