A couple of days back, the Nissan Terrano was launched at a price tag of 9.59 lakhs. It is now known that since the veils were lifted off and pre-bookings commenced last month, the Terrano has received nearly 6000 pre-bookings according to Economic Times.
The Terrano is a badge-engineered product based on the Renault Duster. External changes have been carried out to differentiate it from the Duster and give it a more “Nissan” look. The Terrano is available in seven variants with three engine options, with the prices beginning from 9.58 lakhs for the 85 PS diesel variant and goes all the way upto 12.44 lakhs for the 110 PS diesel XV Premium variant.
The Japanese behemoth has been impressed by the response its product Terrano has received since the pre-bookings started. Nissan says Terrano will eventually end up setting the tone for future launches. Nissan India President Kenichiro Yomura informed that the period of 2014 is the time when new product launches from their stable will accelerate.
The Terrano will be jointly manufactured along with Nissan’s JV partner Renault, at their 4,400 Crore manufacturing facility located at Oragadam near Chennai. It will be the first Compact SUV from Nissan that has been engineered in India. Terrano is quite an important product for the Japanese manufacturer, because of the heightened melee that has been taking place in the Compact SUV segment. Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster have all but taken an early lead.
If the Renault Duster was termed was overpriced, the Terrano is even more pricier. Engine options remain similar in configuration and specs, only the interiors come swathed in slight differentiation and some more beige to justify the higher price.
The central part of the dashboard has changed, with oblong air-conditioning vents replacing the circular ones found on the Renault Duster. There is a small storage space above them and a lot of shiny accent has invaded the interiors. Chrome lines the oblong air-conditioning vents, and there is a silver finish to the panel just beneath it.
It remains to be seen, how many of these 6,000 bookings transform into actual sales and how does Terrano impact its sibling cum rival Duster!
Will you prefer to go for the Terrano which is a bit pricier than the Duster??