Coming on the heels of the all-electric Leaf unveil, Nissan Philippines will soon launch the new Terra 7-seat SUV.
The Terra midsize SUV will continue to share a platform with the Navara pickup, getting heavily revised looks and updated interior to make it more competitive with recently-facelifted rivals.
Based on what we heard, the Terra will carry the same features as the X-Terra sold in the US, Canada and Middle East markets.
If true, the new Terra gets a new face with a more upscale look. All-LED headlamp clusters with distinctive daytime running lights flanking Nissan’s trademark “V-motion” grille. The rear gets new taillights, also LED units, with a connecting chrome accent, as well as a revised bumper.
Inside, the Terra gets a sleek new instrument panel, with a well-integrated 9-inch touchscreen at the center. The audio system will reportedly include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Bose speakers, a flip-down video screen for rear passengers, and wireless phone charging may be available.
The driver gets a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel with remote controls. Analog gauges are augmented with a digital information display that can show drive mode, tilt and incline, and trip data. Nissan promises upgraded leather seats, and matt chrome accents that elevate the cabin’s look and feel. The Terra will continue to feature 60/40 split-fold second row that allows one-touch access to the third row. The third row itself also split-folds 50/50 to allow for more cargo room when needed. Automatic climate control with individual vents for all seating positions will be on board.
Nissan is expected to continue its “zero gravity” seats on the Terra, for the first and second rows. The concept of the “zero gravity” is to replicate the position of an astronaut floating in space, to allow less fatigue and greater driver comfort particularly on long drives. The seat technology has proven its worth in Nissan’s sedans, and it will be a welcome addition to the Terra. Other improvements may include acoustic glass for a quieter cabin.
Nissan has emphasized its Intelligent Mobility technology, and it’s expected to continue with the new Terra. The safety suite includes 360-degree monitor with moving object detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, hill-star assist and hill descent control. When the cabin and cargo area are full, the rear-view mirror can be switched to monitor the rear camera, to allow for an unobstructed view.
The Nissan Terra is expected to be powered by the 2.5-liter diesel with 187 hp and 450 Nm. It’s mated to a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. A 225mm ground clearance and 800mm water-wading capability should also be in place.
Nissan is also gearing up for the launch of the all-new Almera in the next two months.
The new Almera will feature a sportier look. Other ASEAN markets have launched the Almera with a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline 3-cylinder engine, mated to a CVT, so we may get this version as well.
The Almera will also get improved safety with available forward collision warning and forward emergency braking.