A little over two weeks after Nissan revealed the Nissan Magnite concept at a global premiere in Tokyo, the Japanese carmaker today released pictures of the interior of the Nissan Magnite concept. The images essentially depict the dashboard and the considerable cabin space inside the compact SUV.
According to Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India, “The Nissan Magnite concept is an evolutionary leap in Nissan’s SUV history. Not only the exterior, but also the interiors exude premium-ness, sophistication and roominess. These core elements of design philosophy will be succeeded to the production model which is under development, coupled with superior technology on-board to be a game-changer in its segment.”
Likely launch in India in January 2021
The Nissan Magnite will go on sale in India ‘within the financial year’, though Autocar India has learnt the model is scheduled for a January 2021 launch. The Magnite will be available with a total of four engine-and-gearbox options. The range will include a 72hp, 1.0-litre naturally aspirated, three-cylinder petrol engine available with manual and AMT auto gearbox options, and there will also be a near-95hp1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit that’ll get manual and CVT automatic transmission options.
Renault-Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu will be the mother plant for the Magnite.
Expect an aggressive price tag for the Magnite. An expected ex-showroom starting price of as little as Rs 525,000 will see it undercut its compact SUV competition.
Termed a “transformational product” by Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta, the compact SUV has a lot riding on it. If the Magnite Concept is anything to go by, Nissan India could just have its first big hit in a long time.
A lot rides on the Magnite
Nissan has a tough act cut out in the Indian market. In FY2020, it sold all of 17,976 units that gives it a meagre market share of 0.65 percent in the total passenger vehicle market which saw sales of 27,73,575 units. Within the Utility Vehicle segment, it sold 5,225 UVs, which gave it a market share of 0.55 percent, in a total UV market of 946,010 units.