The Nissan Terra is the brand’s entry to the midsize SUV segment. Nissan Philippines first introduced the model back in May 2018 with it having the same platform as the Navara platform. Notably, Nissan had a perfect base to create what is one of the more comfortable ladder-frame vehicles out in the market today thanks to a rear multi-link suspension setup. Fast-forward to September 2021, and the new Nissan Terra made its way to the Philippines, with it carrying substantial amounts of upgrades inside and out.
Like its predecessor, it still features the Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which manifests in the Around-View Monitor that allows users to see around the vehicle through the use of cameras, along with other features such as rear-cross traffic alert, blindspot monitoring, and many more. The refreshed Nissan Terra is still powered by the tried and tested 2.5-liter diesel engine that pulls hardily enough even when fully loaded with seven individuals in its seats. The nameplate comes with several variants, ranging from the EL trim that’s only available with a manual transmission, to the mid-range VE variant, and topping the line are the VL variants with all the embellishments and adornments.
Nissan announced the Terra early in 2018, then proceeded to release the new nameplate in the Chinese market. The SUV was launched in the Philippines towards the end of May in the year 2018. An infant nameplate, Nissan released this model in an arena with the stiff competition that comprised many well-known brands.
For the 2021 year model, Nissan Philippines issued a minor update to the Nissan Terra for the VL variants only. New additions include a blacked-out grille, wheels, bumper trim, and also dark chrome elements as well as two-tone upholstery.
Fast-forward to September 2021 and the refreshed Nissan Terra finally enters the market. While still retaining the same 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine, the new midsize has notable changes applied on the exterior and interior, plus, it's got more exciting features than its predecessor.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The Nissan Terra still rides on its D23 platform which it shares with its pickup truck sibling. It retains the same smooth ride as its previous iteration thanks to its multi-link suspension that has a total of five links and a stabilizer bar. At the front, the Terra has an independent double-wishbone setup with coil springs. Stopping power, on the other hand, comes from disc brakes at the front and rear for the VL models. The VE and EL models still retain the same front disc and rear drum braking setup as before.
Powering the Nissan SUV is its YD25 inline 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with a turbocharger. It still produces 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque which is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. The top of the line model can be had with a 4x4 system that features part-time 4WD, with 2H/4L/4H with a transfer select switch.
5-Door Body-On-Frame SUV
Front Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive or Four-Wheel Drive
With fully independent suspension all around, a punchy diesel engine, ample road feedback from the wheel, the Terra makes a good case for driving dynamics in the world of midsize SUVs. The vehicle can come equipped with a 4x4 system that allows it to go offroad with ease if need be. Heavy steering is the tradeoff for more feel, and body roll is expected. Hard acceleration and braking were handled well by the Terra, and the surge in power that most diesel engines are known for is less perceptible, allowing for a smoother speedup.
The Nissan Terra now features either a 9-inch infotainment system for its VL models and an 8-inch infotainment system for its VE and EL models that grants it access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is important to note that wireless Apple CarPlay is also available for the VL variants. A BOSE premium 8-speaker sound system is also available with the SUV for its top-of-the-line VL 4x4 AT variant. The rest of the model gets a 6-speaker sound system with two tweeters instead. The middle row of the SUV also retains its passenger amenities as the VL variants get an 11-inch flip-down monitor that now comes with an HDMI input.
The new Nissan Terra features a revised exterior that’s complemented by a more prominent fascia. For starters, it gets a new V-Motion grille, a new pair of headlights that are in quad-LEDs , and a new front bumper that also houses LED fog lamps on higher trims. Going over the side, the Terra still features its familiar shape, though there are some subtle changes worth noting including the faux air intake found on the front quarter panel, and new alloy wheel options ranging from a set of 17-inch and 18-inch rims.
Lastly, the rear also gets a makeover. Like the front, its new look also takes a step forward from the outgoing model. Changes include its new set of tail lamps, an additional chrome garnish, the new Terra lettering, and a revised bumper.
Color options for the new Nissan Terra include Nebula Metallic Red, Forged Metallic Copper, Lunar Metallic Gray, Galaxy Black, Brilliant Silver, and Aspen Pearl White.
Its interior has been vastly improved all thanks to its new dashboard that looks better and is treated with finer materials when compared to the outgoing model. Lower variants feature fabric seats, while higher trims come with a new leather upholstery along with a black and red interior color combo. Durability and longevity are undoubtedly highlights in this regard, coupled with a generous amount of tech features.
Cabin space for the Terra is adequate. Front and middle-row passengers can enjoy enough space. Third-row seating, while present, is enough for small kids and smaller adults. It even gets a good amount of storage cubby holes on each row. Cargo space is also impressive all thanks to its flat-folding seats.
The Terra also carries over an improved version of the brand’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility system. This grants it access to an around-view monitor, forward collision warning, intelligent emergency braking, lane departure warning, driver alertness, blind spotting warning, hill start, and hill descent control for all variants of the SUV with the exception of the EL model. A tire pressure monitoring system is also present with the Nissan Terra but for its VL variants only.
The SUV still comes with 6 airbags in total with two being located at the front for the driver and front passenger, another two for the side airbags, and the final pair for the curtain shield airbags on either side of the vehicle. It still comes with 3-point seatbelts all around for all occupants along with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) still as standard.
Tested Variant: Nissan Terra 2.5 VL AT 4x2
Child Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Adult Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Head Protection Score
Front Passenger Airbag
Seat Belt Retractor Driver
Seat Belt Retractor Front Passenger
Safety Assist Technology
Effective Breaking & Avoidance
Seat Belt Reminders
SBR for Driver
SBR for Front Passenger
SBR for Rear Passenger
Blind Spot Technology
Advanced Safety Assist Technologies
Intelligent Rear View Mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Forward Collision Warning System
Lane Keep Assist
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Take a look at the Terra in all its updated glory. No ounce of boring in this midsize SUV, just pure unadulterated bliss thanks to its 2.5-liter diesel engine, its stellar suspension and now wholly updated and luxurious interior. Know more about it in this video as we give you our first impressions of the new 2022 Nissan Terra available in the Philippines.
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Where is the Nissan Terra made?
Philippine-spec Nissan Terras are made in Thailand, namely in Samut Prakan, by Nissan Motor Thailand. The Chinese market's Terras are made in China, in Zhengzhou under Dongfeng Nissan
Is the Nissan Terra equipped with timing chain or timing belt?
The Nissan Terra is equipped with a timing chain on its engine.
Is the Nissan Terra SUV based on the Nissan Navara pickup truck?
Yes, the Terra has the same platform as the current-generation Navara.
What are the colors available for the Nissan Terra per variant?
The Nissan Terra in the Philippines is available in the following color variants: Galaxy Black, Brilliant Silver, and Aspen Pearl White (All Variants); Earth brown (4x4 and 4x2 VL AT); Lunar Metallic Gray and Flare Metallic Gold (4x4 and 4x2 VL AT, 4x2 VE AT); Fiery Red (4x2 VE AT, 4x2 EL AT and MT)
How many seats does the Nissan Terra have?
The Nissan Terra is a midsize SUV that has seven seats. Some markets, like China, introduced a five-seater Terra.
What is the fuel consumption of the Nissan Terra?
In the city, the Nissan Terra can achieve a respectable 6-7 km/L depending on traffic conditions. On the highway, staying at the speed limit and without necessarily driving economically, the Terra was able to return 14 km/L.
What's the water-wading capacity of the Nissan Terra?
The Nissan Terra has a water-wading capacity of 800 millimeters or 31.5 inches.
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