The sub-four meter compact-SUV segment is the most sought after segment in India. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata, Mahindra have at least one offering on the above segment. Nissan was out of the competition for a very long time but things are set to change for good. The car was already spotted testing recently. Find out expectations about the new Nissan Magnite compact-SUV below.
Engine and Performance
This car may very well be petrol only. With the advent of BS6 in India, some of car manufacturers have scraped their diesel engines and Nissan has followed too. It feels that for success in the Indian market, petrol is the way to go to grab the masses. But in the compact SUV segment, the diesel engine options are present with the Nexon, Venue, Sonet, XUV300 and WRV. So Nissan might have a rethink on this part.
The Nissan Magnite will come with 1.0L petrol engines in two avatars. One will be a naturally aspirated engine producing around 72hp while a turbocharged petrol variant will provide around 95hp. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and some form of automatic transmission. An AMT transmission is highly likely. A Diesel engine or DCT transmission option if provided, will help the car stand apart and ruffle the competition.
Importance of Magnite for Nissan
Nissan has been on a rough run before and after lockdown. The new Nissan Magnite if launched will be the make or break car for Nissan in India. Nissan India currently only sells the updated Nissan Kicks and the Nissan GT-R.
Sales figure have taken a plunge and Nissan does not want to mess it up more. If launched between Rs.7 lakh to Rs.12 lakh, the car will also compete with Tata Nexon and the others. Aggressive pricing can only help Nissan break into this cut-throat segment.
Pricing and Competiton
To beat competition in the Indian Market, there is only one weapon and that is pricing. Everything boils down to price so if Nissan wins only in this particular field, it can easily grab a major chunk of the market. Hyundai Venue provides the most basic variant of its car for ₹6.50 lakh which is already very affordable but if Nissan wants to beat Hyundai in their own game it needs to anyhow set the price lower than this.
The Nissan Magnite will also compete against Renault Kriger, which was spotted testing recently and may launch soon. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been one of the top 10 highest selling cars and will give the Nissan Magnite a run for its money. The recently launched Kia Sonet has also set the bar high with features better than any other car in its competition
The Nissan Magnite will have to come with some very exclusive features in the compact SUV segment. Connected Car technology will be a welcome addition. The Nissan Magnite Concept also had a single screen touchscreen infotainment system which occupies the major portion of the central dashboard. Sunroof, wireless charging and Ventilated/Cooled seats are major expectations in the car.