Nissan Terra: a proper off road SUV

Nissan Terra SUV driving shot

The 2018 Nissan Terra has been officially launched in Asia, 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 Nissan 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.

Engine and chassis

Nissan says the SUV’s ground clearance is best in class – it’s 225mm for those people wondering – plus there’s a selectable four-wheel-drive system, including a diff-lock and hill descent control. There’s also a hill start assist, which should cover most bases.

Under the bonnet of the Chinese version of the new SUV is the QR25 four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine, which produces 180hp and 251Nm of torque.

For other Asian markets, a more powerful diesel will be offered, called the YD25 DDTi, which is a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder that makes 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Like it has with the petrol, Nissan claims that the diesel offers the best acceleration performance in class.

Nissan Terra SUV off road

“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.

Backing up the engine is a six-speed manual, or a seven-speed automatic.

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 comes in both five seat and seven seat configurations, with a decent size luggage space especially in five-seat markets, such as China.

Nissan Terra SUV suspension

The back seat has been shifted rearward, giving plenty of legroom, while the seven seat version has a fold flat third row. The second row is also fold flat, but also tumble.

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 (of the five seater) can be seen in the below video.

While the presentation is distinctly Navara-like, with touchscreen and instrument binnacle almost identical, there will be five trim grades offered in certain markets, which is quite different from its workhorse sibling.

Leather seats, cruise-control, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth telephony and streaming plus with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and keyless entry and start come on the top grades. Lower grades get cloth and manual seat adjustment.


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.

The Nissan Terra is also the first SUV from the company with a Smart Rear View Mirror, which allows drivers unobstructed views from a camera mounted at the back.

The Terra is Asia only at this stage

While initially launching in China, Nissan says that the Philippines is the next market, with deliveries starting from August 2018.

After the Phillipines, the new Terra will launch in Thailand and Indonesia (also in 2018), with Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to follow early next year.

Nissan Terra SUV launch China

Nissan says the Terra will be built at Nissan’s production hub in Thailand, specifically for the south east Asian market.

Nissan Terra specifications

Nissan Terra

QR25 petrol engine

Horsepower: [email protected] (180HP)

Torque: [email protected]

Vehicle length: 4882mm

Vehicle width: 1850mm

Vehicle height: 1835mm

Ground clearance: 225mm