Last month, Nissan teased a new compact family SUV that’s in development and that teaser was followed up with the reveal of the Magnite Concept, pointing to what what we can expect from the production version in the near future. Now, Nissan has revealed what the interior of the Magnite looks like...
Nissan is on the road to transformation with its Nissan Next strategy and the brand is focussing on its core competencies which include crossovers, SUVs and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs). Apart from recently unveiling the new Ariya electric crossover, Nissan also revealed an all-new logo that marks the start of the brand’s new journey into the future.
Nissan also revealed a new small SUV concept called the Magnite which previews the production Magnite which is expected to go on sale in India in early 2021 and will take on rivals in the B-segment such as the Ford Eco Sport and Hyundai Venue.
It’s no surprise that the grille has a Datsun look to it, as this SUV was actually meant to wear the Datsun badge but it now instead wears a Nissan badge. You might be wondering why this is the case and it makes sense if you consider that Datsun is being scaled-down globally and instead of scrapping the project entirely, it has now been allocated to Nissan.
“The Nissan Magnite is an evolutionary leap in Nissan’s global SUV DNA. With cutting-edge technology onboard, it will be a game-changer in its segment. A bold offering in the sub-four-meter category, we are confident that Nissan Magnite will redefine the B-SUV segment for the industry,” said Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India.
The Magnite concept design is indeed very bold and rugged. The concept features a sharp headlight design and as mentioned, the Magnite has more of a Datsun grille instead of Nissan’s familiar V-Motion grille design. Perhaps Nissan will change the grille on the production version? We will have to wait and see… Also note the rugged plastic cladding around the wheel arches and side skirts which implies that this new model will be able to cope with some gravel travel which is common in India.
A large 8.0-inch touchscreen has reduced the need for physical buttons. Do you like the look of this?
The latest news regarding the Magnite concept is that the interior has now been shown and gives us some idea of what to expect from the production version. The overall design is very minimalist with very few buttons present as a result of an 8-inch horizontal infotainment system which houses all the core functionality of the vehicle. A sporty-looking digital instrument cluster is also fitted along with a newly-designed steering wheel wheel with mounted gloss-black button panels. The Magnite also appears to feature automatic climate control dials, a push-start button electrically-adjustable mirrors and rear air conditioning vents. It's also expected that the Magnite will offer cruise control and 360-degree camera setup when the production model is revealed.
As for what will power the Magnite, it’s understood that it will make use of a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine with outputs of either 74 kW and 160 Nm or 86 kW and 170 Nm and will be equipped with a 5-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Could it be on the cards for SA?
Nissan will be introducing more crossover and SUV products in time, will the Magnite be one of them? We hope so...
The short answer is, maybe. The Magnite will be produced in India (in RHD) under the philosophy of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’, which implies that the Magnite will be offered in other markets.
In a virtual roundtable conference last month, Nissan South Africa's marketing director, Kabelo Rabotho, confirmed that the brand is looking at introducing 2 new compact crossover/SUV products as well as potentially introducing the Navara-based Terra SUV on local soil. The Magnite may, therefore, be on Nissan’s radar for local introduction but it has not yet been confirmed.
Crossovers and SUVs have become very popular in recent years and if Nissan can price the Magnite competitively, it could very well become one of the brand’s most popular models in South Africa.
The production Magnite is expected to make its debut in January 2021.
Do you think Nissan should introduce the Magnite in South Africa?