The beginning has been encouraging. Banking on Magnite, a sub-compact SUV, the Japanese carmakers are ready to step into a completely new era in the country.
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Nissan Next’s vision for AMI range (Africa-Middleast-India), on paper, seems clear and well-thought-through as the company aims for 12 new product introduction in the next 18 months. Magnite, first in the line, will be a strategically important product for Nissan India. The spirited response for Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and a bunch of newcomers must have inspired Nissan India already.
Inside the Magnite, the focus has been on the driver and passengers alike. Powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) tech, Magnite appears extremely driver-centric. The SUV comes with the first-in-segment Around View Monitor (AVM) giving a bird’s eye view of the car to the driver. The camera helps in making parallel and perpendicular parking quite easy.
Magnite has an inbuilt eco function that rates the driving and assigns a score, also giving tips to improve driving skills. The D-step logic control software uses dynamic inputs like speed, accelerator pedal position, and application speed to determine the ideal gear ratio needed in a given situation.
Magnite doesn’t bring in extravaganza like the Sonet, but in need, choose Tech pack, which offers a wireless charger, wireless Apple connectivity, air purifier, puddle lamps and ambient /mood lighting, premium speakers (JBL powered by Harman). The sun roof, however, is a miss.
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Designed in Japan, the Magnite has been crafted to suit the unique requirements and aspirations of customers across India, Nissan officials said during the unveiling ceremony of Magnite. And for big Indian families, back seat space is something which matters.
The backseat of Magnite is one of the most impressive aspects. With 60-40 split foldable rear seats for utmost flexibility, it is the most spacious B-SUV, which has a huge ‘couple distance’ (distance between the driver and side passenger) of 700mm + rear knee room of 593mm + rear headroom of 76mm.
Along with that, the all-new Nissan Magnite also has a tech pack that has a wireless charger, air purifier, puddle lamps, and ambient /mood lighting, premium speakers (JBL powered by Harman).
With 60-40 split foldable rear seats for utmost flexibility, it is the most spacious B-SUV, which has a huge ‘couple distance’ (distance between the driver and side passenger) of 700mm + rear knee room of 593mm + rear headroom of 76mm. The front seats are designed to create an open interior space, delivering the spaciousness that one would experience while sitting in the rear, also known as the ‘one-class-above’ knee room.
The automaker has been tight-lipped about the engine specs during the reveal but the minor details about what’s under the hood, look quite promising. The Magnite will be powered by an HRA0 1.0-litre turbo engine. The engine borrows the ‘mirror bore cylinder coating’ from the iconic Nissan GT-R, which reduces the resistance inside the engine, delivering smooth acceleration and good fuel economy.
Transmission duties will be served by a 5-speed MT or a Nissan X-Tronic CVT transmission. The SUV is claimed to offer a fuel economy of 20 kmpl and the new engine guarantees lower CO2 emissions. The new engine also refines the noise, vibration and harshness resulting in a quieter cabin, Nissan claims.
Magnite may turn things around for Nissan India. After-sales and service network have been worrisome for the company, however, with more than Rs 6,000 crore investment in India, Nissan is looking forward to sustainable growth. “Magnite is the ideal aspirational upgrade for hatchback customers in India who are weighing their options and looking to own a world-class SUV, from a globally renowned brand that has a strong SUV heritage,” said Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India. With launch due in November, competitive pricing may just provide the extra impetus
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