Compact SUV’s are more and more becoming a trend for the Indian market. Off them it was first the Renault Duster that tested the mind and preferences of the consumer and well as the saying goes rest is history. In no time these SUV’s became the talk of town when it came to buying a set of new masculine wheels.
However with our cities deteriorating traffic conditions plagued by massive jams and long gestation periods the user started to look for something new in specific regards to convenience. Thus to answer that question many manufacturers like Nissan have entered into “automatic” space wherein all their original DNA is retained in the premium SUV – Terrano. Rather late to the party as there is already the Renault Duster AMT and Hyundai Creta automatic to content with, will Nissan Terrano be able to shake off some likes towards itself let us find out!
Nissan Terrano AMT: Exterior
On the exterior front, there is no doubt that the premium stature which it claims to provide makes its self all the more prominent. When compared with the Renault Duster AMT, the Nissan Terrano AMT is more appealing to the eye but losses out from the Hyundai Creta automatic due to the later’s sophisticated profile.
That aside, the sheer design screams of its masculinity with all the curves and bulges that provide a hardcore SUV like perspective. Therefore the elements that would attract attention are Nissan’s signature chrome front grille, 4-pod headlamp clusters, a pair of fog lamps, 16 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rear combination tail lamps to mention a few. This when looked from the point view, is there anything new which differentiates the two (auto vs manual – Terrano) in terms of design? Frankly saying there is nothing except a couple of badges here and there depicting the variant type.
Nissan Terrano AMT: Interior
Now onto the cabin, like the exterior design the interior aligns itself for the premium appeal. However in terms of a new variant introduction there isn’t much on offer. Therefore what the cabin offers on the table is a dual tone interior which with its good quality plastics and finish feels like a decent place to be. But this is not it, in regards to the features given on board the Nissan Terrano AMT falls way far behind in comparison to its rivals. In today’s date we talk about touch screen infotainment system which is not applicable to this SUV like the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
A basic necessity such as steering mounted controls is non-existent and same is the case with cruise control. Rest one must say that the level of comfort both up front as well as towards to rear is satisfactory as 5 individuals can easily be accommodated within the cabin. Plus there is the benefit of 475 litres of boot space relatively large for a good weekend getaway. As for the safety features this one caters to dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill start Assist among others.
Nissan Terrano AMT: Engine and performance
This is the part where all your attention should be diverted. Nissan Terrano AMT offers a 1.5 litre Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engine under the skin. This 1461cc in-line 4 cylinder engine produces a maximum power output of 108 bhp with 245 Nm of torque. These are the same power figures which can also be seen on the Duster courtesy Renault and Nissan alliance (technology tie-up).
That aside their way of performing is very different and the Terrano AMT which is question over here is a decent runabout oil mil. But can it be convenient as others in the class for that let us dig a bit deeper. The Terrano AMT is fitted with a 6-speed advance Auto Drive System that aims to make driving an easy affair especially during bumper to bumper traffic. For that scenario it works perfectly fine until the time you go hard on the gas pedal.
This is where the engine along with the transmission shows it temperament with former showing its eagerness while the later just feels very lazy to respond. For this reason, swift overtaking can be a bit of an issue which can be a bit of concern on highway use. As for the ride, this SUV is relatively comfortable as it soaks in potholes and broken roads with utter ease while the handling is satisfactory considering the sheer dimensions of this machine. Automatic vehicles are generally not that fuel efficient but if we are to talk about the Nissan Terrano AMT then it has Eco Mode to start with and is surprisingly good for returning numbers which stand over 15 kmpl in normal city driving conditions.
Nissan Terrano AMT: Verdict
To sum it all up in a nutshell, Nissan Terrano AMT is a muscular looking SUV that has substantial amount of bling going for it. Be it the exteriors or interiors, there is not much to differentiate between manual version and this one. However in comparison to competition the cabin looses out on many features but what might attract the end consumer is it looks and convenience. From the practicality point the transmission could have been optimized a bit better which is compensated by its better fuel economy.