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Nissan reveals the Terrano

After keeping it hidden from the pesky eyes of the media for long, Nissan has finally showed us what its Renault Duster-based compact SUV looks like.

We are amongst the first auto magazines to see the compact crossover up close and personal and here are our first impressions.

The overall design stays true to the concept sketches revealed to us earlier, and the SUV looks as attractive as the artistic impressions themselves. Nissan’s traditional large SUV grille and angular headlights dominate the front and a single-colour bumper distinguishes the Terrano from the rugged-looking Duster. In profile is where the things are most alike, although there are distinguishing factors here too if you look closely.

The Terrano gets black B and C pillars that give the greenhouse the single-frame look, which is a good idea. Other subtle details include a bottom-end crease that runs from the front to the rear door, while the designer alloy wheels are eye-catching.

The tail-light has been stretched all the way on to the boot lid (as shown in the preview sketch). This gives the SUV a better look from the back than the Duster. Nissan has steered clear of the rugged look – there’s no spare tyre mounted on the tailgate.

The cabin feels like familiar territory. Again, the layout of the interior stays true to the Duster. A lot more beige has been added to make the cabin feel plush. The air vents are now rectangular and the cubbyhole above gets a lid.

Though Nissan has not confirmed the engine options as yet, we expect the engines to be carried over from the Duster. There will be a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, both of which have been in the Renault-Nissan family for long. The 1.6 in-line four petrol makes 103bhp and 145Nm. That’s mated to a five-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.

The 1.5 dCi 4-cylinder diesel is available in two states of tune, as in the Duster. The entry-level variant produces 84bhp and 200Nm and gets a five-speed manual ’box. The higher variant makes 109bhp and 248Nm and gets a six-speed transmission.

With a sub-Rs 10 lakh price tag, the Terrano will be available for pre-booking from September 1. And if you thought the Terrano is all Nissan's got in mind, you'll be pleased to know that Nissan has a total of 10 new products that will come to India by 2016.

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