The India-focused Nissan Magnite was officially unveiled in concept format
Japanese automaker Nissan does not have a strong portfolio in India at the moment. In fact, the Kicks BS6 compact crossover is the only choice in its affordable segment while the R35 GT-R supercar-ish sportscar is available for a totally different category of buyers. On the other hand, subsidiary brand Dastun India has three budget BS6 products: GO, GO+ and redi-GO.
It was only recently that Nissan unveiled its all-new Magnite sub-four-metre subcompact crossover (or “compact SUV” in Indian market terms) to the world albeit as a concept. It will be manufactured and sold in India while also being exported to potential markets across the globe.
The new Nissan Magnite, dubbed as a ‘B-SUV’, shares its internals with Renault India’s Kiger. Both crossovers are based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF-A+ modular architecture that underpins the Renault Triber mini-MPV as well. ‘CMF’ expands to Compact Module Family. The ‘A’ denotes ‘small vehicle’ category.
A few days before its official unveiling, we came across a Nissan Magnite test mule doing rounds on public roads. It was heavily camouflaged and sported a silhouette significantly different from that of the Kiger (also remains a prototype). Now, automotive enthusiast Chetan shares with us a video of production spec Nissan Magnite test mule:
Nissan Magnite Engine & Specs
Chetan states that the test mule’s gear-shifts sounded like an automatic. Nissan-Renault alliance has already developed a 5-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) system for entry-level products such as the Kwid, redi-GO and Triber. Hence, the Nissan Magnite could pack the same unit as an option over a standard 5-speed manual transmission.
Rumours give an insight into an all-new 1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder engine, supposedly packing more than 90bhp and 150Nm of torque. Lesser variants would make-do with the exisiting 1.0-litre NA three-cylinder petrol motor good for 71bhp and 96Nm.
Nissan Magnite Rivals
The B-SUV could be a gamechanger for the Nissan India. For instance, Renault India started seeing success only when it changed the business focus to budget products such as the Kwid. However, both brands have chosen a petrol-only strategy for BS6 era and as a result, rivals with diesel variants are gaining in popularity.
Once launched in early 2021, the Nissan Magnite will rival a wide range of subcompact crossovers such as the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, etc. Meanwhile, Kia Motors India is almost ready with the Sonet which made its debut as a concept at Auto Expo 2020.