The 2018 Nissan Terra has been officially launched in China, the first body-on-frame SUV in the company’s “M.O.V.E. to 2022” sales strategy.
Based on the Nissan Navara, the new Terra leaves behind the workhorse-like leaf springs and fits a five-link coil spring rear suspension system with a rigid rear-wheel axle, ensuring a better ride, but still maintaining off-road ability.
Nissan says the Terra’s ground clearance is best in class, at 225mm, plus there’s a selectable four-wheel-drive system, including a diff-lock and hill descent control. There’s also a hill start assist.
Under the bonnet of the new SUV is the QR25 four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine, which produces 180hp and 251Nm of torque.
“The Nissan Terra design is both tough and practical, reliable for everyday use while giving our customers the freedom to go anywhere and explore beyond the every day,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan’s Light Commercial Vehicle Business.
The company says it has the best acceleration in its class, but with that class full of diesels, it’s not that hard to claim. No details were offered for the transmission, but we’d guess that it’s Nissan’s CVT.
The Terra runs on 18-inch wheels, and the whole vehicle has been designed to differentiate itself from the Navara. Rather, it claims to have more in common with the larger Patrol, leveraging the company’s history of off-road machines. Check out the video at the bottom of the page – some of the historic footage is very cool.
Inside, the Terra isn’t a seven-seater as we first thought. Rather, it’s built as a five seat vehicle, with a decent size luggage space.
The back seat has also been shifted rearward, giving plenty of legroom – perfect for the demands of Asian markets. The NVH levels have been specifically worked on with Nissan claiming that it has used “high-spec technologies” to cut wind and road noise, with the goal of allowing passengers to talk to each other with ease.
Smartphone mirroring is included, and Nissan says the Terra comes with an upgraded infotainment system and audio system.
More detail on the infotainment, plus a better look at the interior and luggage space can be seen in the below video.
Keeping its passengers safe, the new SUV uses Nissan Safety Shield suite of tech. Lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, 360-degree camera system with moving object detection, and autonomous emergency braking are all standard.
While initially launching in China, Nissan says that other select Asian markets will also get the Terra later this year.
Nissan Terra specifications
QR25 petrol engine
Horsepower: 135kW@6000rpm (180HP)
Vehicle length: 4882mm
Vehicle width: 1850mm
Vehicle height: 1835mm
Ground clearance: 225mm