The Nissan Magnite originally made its debut to the world as a concept car. It was launched with the goal in mind of being the smallest crossover model available for the Japanese brand in the Indian market. It initially was supposed to be just for the Indian market, however, Nissan also decided to debut it as one of its newest global models. This indicates that the new subcompact crossover could soon likely see sales in other markets outside of its home country of India. With its compact form factor, the Nissan Magnite is set to slot directly under the Nissan Juke and the Nissan Kicks as the new entry-level crossover.
Nissan India has officially announced that the all-new Magnite has already entered production in Indian and will be sold in 20 different trim levels. The new subcompact crossover brings with it a host of new features along with a frugal engine that will make it competitive in its home country.
The new vehicle brings with it an urban-oriented styling that gives it sleek-looking LED headlamps along with T-shaped LED daytime running lights. It also comes with a massive front grille along with a premium silver-finished bash plate under the front and rear bumpers. Completing the look is a 16-inch set of diamond-cut alloy wheels.
It is the first made-in-India vehicle that comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the form factor of an 8-inch infotainment system. It also offers a 360-degree camera making it one of the first few vehicles to have it in its home country of India. Other features for the vehicle include puddle lamps, a tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle dynamic control, an air purifier, and mood lighting.
Under the hood, the Nissan Magnite comes powered by two engine options. The first is a naturally aspirated gasoline 1.0-liter motor which makes 72hp and the second is a turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline engine that makes 95hp. The naturally aspirated motor can only be had with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the turbocharged motor comes available with either a manual or a CVT. There is no word yet on the number of gears for the turbo model, however, we assume it will come with 6-speeds. Official torque figures for both motors have yet to be released by Nissan India.
Nissan Philippines has yet to officially announce if the Nissan Magnite will indeed make it into the Philippines in the near future. However, we suspect that it is a possibility given the dimensions and features of the vehicle. If we were to put an estimate on its possible arrival it could come in the latter half of 2021 or in 2022.