Nissan has today confirmed that it will put a Navara-based into production, calling it the 2019 Nissan Terra.
We saw the new large SUV in spy shots from China, where the vehicle is being manufactured, with Nissan calling it a “frame-based SUV”.
Details are a bit thin on the ground, but what we do know is that the Terra will come in both five and seven seat configurations.
Without a large tray on the back, it’s a little bit shorter than the Navara, being around 4.9m long.
With a width of 1.85m and being 1.83m tall, there’s enough room inside for three adults across the back row. The 2850mm wheelbase allows legroom for all three rows, though the back seats won’t be competing with the Discovery‘s third row.
As it’s being launched in the Chinese market first, there won’t be a diesel option. Instead, it will run with a petrol engine, most likely a 2.5-litre petrol turbo four-cylinder.
We can also see from the badging on the spy shot that it will run with an Xtronic CVT, powering either the rear wheels, or all four wheels depending on the model.
The Nissan Terra is the first vehicle to come from the company’s frame and light commercial vehicle division and will compete with the Isuzu MUX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The company says that the new SUV is part of a strategic plan, called “Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022”, which is using frame-based SUVs, utilities, vans and light trucks to boost its overall bottom line. Nissan says the addition of light-commercial and proper off-road machines will help to increase sales by over 40 per cent.
Initially, the new Terra will launch in China, with other Asian countries to follow. We’d expect the Middle East and the US to be added to the list in the coming years.
“I’m very pleased to announce that the all-new Nissan Terra will soon arrive in China,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan’s frame and LCV business. “This rugged SUV is practical, authentic, and designed to go anywhere.”
Also worth noting is the fact that the Nissan Terra is only being manufactured in left-hand-drive, meaning some markets will definitely miss out.
The new SUV gets Nissan’s signature V-grille design language and a front bumper which differentiates it from the Navara when it heads toward you.
It also gets LED daytime running lights and projector lights in blacked out surrounds.
At the rear, the tail light cluster has been designed to suit the lift-back tailgate, while a chrome strip running between the rear lights helps to break up what could be a slabby rear end.