One of the most premium and masculine SUV from Nissan, Terrano was recently taken back to ground zero for grooming inside-out. Terrano, after being launched in 2013 became the fancy of many people and no major updates were done for many years
now. It was time for Nissan to update its strong contender to face the fresh rival Hyundai Creta and the old sibling, Renault Duster. Terrano is now ready with small improvements like a new emblem, electrically foldable mirrors and looks almost the
same as before. Nissan claims to have added almost 22 new features to make Terrano an all-rounder power-packed SUV.
The new 2017 Terrano looks similar to the outgoing model with minor exterior updates like the Nissan signature chrome grille at the front, 4-pod design LED DRLs (offered as an accessory), 16-inch alloy wheels, ORVM's with integrated turn indicators and new combination headlamps at the rear. There is an additional new colour in offering - Sandstone Brown. There are some optional accessories like chrome fog lamp, exhaust tip, and the LED DRLs which cost around 4000 bucks.
Terrano lags behind its nearest competitor Hyundai Creta which comes with vertical fog lamps, projectors and daytime LED DRLs, and plenty of chrome to look upmarket.
It is on the inside where the SUV feels completely new and mostly, updates on the Terrano are all on the interior. The top-end variant Terrano comes with a new dual-tone leather interior package. The earlier black-beige interior is replaced by a brown and black combination that actually does make the compact SUV look a lot more premium that it was earlier (with the beige leather). The dashboard also has some soft touch dials and gets the same two-tone treatment with a black upper half and a brown lower half.
Terrano's biggest drawback was the unavailability of an up-to-date infotainment setup. The new Terrano 2017 gets a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth,Aux-in,iPod support,and inbuilt satellite navigation with features like speed limit warning and can also help driver to take turns when needed, making it easier for the driver to drive through new roads, apart from other features like one-touch lane change indicator, anti-pinch driver side power window and a driver’s armrest in the AMT version. Strangely, the touchscreen doesn't support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
There is a high mounted USB port, which does come in handy if the phone is mounted on a suction mount on the windscreen.
Terrano now comes with a newly designed steering wheel which features cruise control buttons with the audio controls behind it. However, automatic climate control is still unavailable even in the top-end variants and strangely, rear air-conditioning doesn't feature in the equipment list anymore.
The seats of Terrano are comfortable and the large windows make for a roomy cabin. The boot space of Terrano is 475 litres which is same as Duster but bigger than its other rival, Creta (402 litres).
Overall, the new 2017 Terrano has retained all the positives about the interior. The airy and spacious cabin with comfortable seats and the new interior colors complement the class of the SUV. Having said that, the Duster AWD has better interior finish than the Terrano.
Terrano has made dual airbags and ABS standard across all the variants. Nissan has adhered to a strong Monocoque Body and safety technologies that put customers safety at the forefront. ESP (Electronic Stability Program), new safety feature also comes as standard which detects the car direction and applies the brake, while saving the car to skid off the road when taking corners. Hill assist control and emergency brake warning are other features that assist with the e-brake of the SUV.
Terrano is powered by 1.5-litre diesel engines and 1.6-litre petrol engine. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while the diesel engines that comes in two versions: one produces 83 hp and 200 Nm of torque while another produces 108 hp and 248 Nm of torque. The engines are mated to a 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual transmission respectively. There is also an AMT transmission that employs a 6-speed Advanced Auto Drive gearbox.
The petrol engine gives a mileage of 13 kmpl while the diesel engine produces 20 kmpl of mileage.
Ride and Handling
The ride and handling of Terrano is best in class with good chasis setup. Terrano handles well during high-speed corners and changes directions with ease. The SUV rides well on every type of road surfaces, and the bumps and pothole on the roads can't be felt inside the cabin.
Terrano almost gets everything right with the new updates: fresh upmarket interiors, updated infotainment system, and good ride quality. It remains to be seen how it is going to compete against the hugely popular Creta and the most capable SUV, Duster.