The soon to be launched Nissan Terrano was spotted on a highway in Chennai, which connects to the domestic factory of Japanese auto maker. Industry experts have said that Terrano will be basically a prototype of Renault Duster, which is a widely acclaimed car amongst the masses. Meanwhile, Nissan Terrano has been introduced in several European markets and received a positive response from buyers there. Along with its name Terrano, the model was also known as Ford Maverick in some countries. It is believed the new Nissan Terrano will be built at the company's Oragadam plant in Chennai.
Auto experts feel that the car may feature a distinctive styling from Renault Duster. Talking about the styling of the car, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Nissan Motor India, Takayuki Ishida was quoted as saying, “You can see from the sketch that Terrano has a bold and distinctive design that I am confident will appeal to our growing customer base in India, as will its driving performance and range of other features that will be revealed at a later date.”
At the back, the car boasts of an attractive set of tail lights as compared to Duster while the large rear windscreen is provided with rear screen wiper. The bumper at rear is nicely sculptured with a edgy shape given to it. As far as the interiors are concerned, not much has been changed on the inside, apart from minor tweaks. Also, Terrano is expected to sport the same engine as used in Duster.
The partnership between Nissan and Renault is stemming up its roots in India by sharing their production units and are jointly working on a new project to introduce new models in the budget range. Since Indian car market is fast developing, the companies are firm on establishing its base in India through successfully meeting the demands of potential new car buyers.
As far as launch of this car is concerned, Nissan has not released any official date but it is rumoured to be launched in October this year. Recently, the American auto maker Ford Motors launched its compact SUV named EcoSport, which will be a direct rival of upcoming Terrano. During the recent launch of Micra facelift model, Nissan's Vice President emphasised on the need to capture a market share of 4.7 per cent in the near future. Also, because of the recent launch of Ford EcoSport, Nissan may have to devise a new strategy for tackling the market demands of other cars as well as restructuring its pricing strategy.