Nissan Terrano Facelift Review & Test Drive

Nissan Terrano Overview

The Nissan Terrano was launched in 2013 and offered buyers in that segment a touch of premiumness and a slightly more masculine approach to the compact SUV conundrum. And it did do quite well. With its diamond cut alloy wheels and its generally wide stance, the Terrano took the fancy of a large number of people. Nissan has pretty much kept the Terrano unchanged with the exception of an AMT gearbox addition that was launched last year. And now, they have updated the compact SUV for the 2017 model year making small improvements.View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Nissan Terrano Look

First look at the Nissan Terrano won’t remind you of the Renault Duster, as it gets sheet metal changes that make it look fresh and mature. You would appreciate every inch of the updated styling over the Duster, firstly because you are habitual of seeing a Duster frequently and secondly Nissan has treated the Terrano with sharp styling elements against the Duster’s stout build. The front end of the Nissan Terrano points at you. It has sharp bonnet lines and more angular set of headlamps, which are neatly blended with the traditional wide Nissan grille. The carved out front bumper has a broad air inlet and features fog lamps. Notice the fog lamps housing, similar setup can be seen on the 2014 Nissan X-Trail.

The side profile of the Terrano reveals the same attitude of the Duster. The robust wheel arches are retained and you get the same roofline with slightly tweaked roof rails. The pillars are blackened out for better contrast and there are a flashy set of twin 5-spoke alloy wheels. The alloys get a chiseled pattern compared to the rather bland ones seen on the Duster. The most significant change on the side profile to notice is the character line that runs straight and strong from the front fender rising towards the rear fender. While on the Duster they provide a mild u-shaped crease that connects the fenders.

Coming to the rear strikes your attention towards the twin piece tail light cluster. The tail light units are much bigger and eliminate the sense of incompleteness that the Duster’s rear profile had. Other changes at the rear include redesigned bumper with new arrangement of reflectors and a new number plate housing that is triangular in shape tipped with a thick piece of chrome. The rear windshield is exactly the same as the Duster’s. You won’t see black cladding on the lower section of the body and instead the Terrano comes with single colour body panels which make it look neat and gentle. The overall styling of the Terrano turns up slick and sassy.

Nissan Terrano Comfort

The updates on the Terrano are all mostly on the interior. The Terrano in this top of the line spec that we have here, comes with a new two-tone leather interior package. The brown and black combination actually does make the compact SUV look a lot more premium that it was earlier (with the beige leather). The soft touch dashboard too gets the same two-tone treatment with a black upper half and a brown lower half.One of the biggest drawbacks of the Terrano was the fact that it did not have an up-to-date infotainment setup. Now though, the Terrano gets a 7-inch touchscreen with inbuilt navigation, iPod support and Bluetooth. Strangely, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto have both been given the miss. You do get a high mounted USB port, which does come in handy if you have your phone mounted on a suction mount on the windscreen. The Terrano also now gets cruise control and a much needed driver seat fold down hand rest which is a boon especially if you have the AMT version like we had.

The Terrano still retains all the positives about the interior. The spacious cabin with comfortable seats and the airy greenhouse complement the new interior colors better than the beige did and the large boot is still big enough to dump large bags or a whole bunch of camera equipment in.The music system is new and the buttons have a more-premium feel to it. The sound quality is also decent, but could have been better. Overall, the build quality is on par with the Renault Duster and full marks to Nissan for that.The front area is full of useful cubbyholes, providing ample space for the stuff. Whereas the rear, has been left barren, with no storage space at all, even in the door panels.The Terrano gets a really big boot at 475 litres that’s enough to store luggage for all five occupants. And if you just fold down the rear seats, the space jumps to a capacity of whopping 1,064 litres.

Nissan Terrano Performance

he Nissan Terrano shares the same engine lineup that includes 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre k9k diesel engines. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is offered in two states of tune like the Duster, producing 85 PS, 200 Nm and 110 PS, 248 Nm respectively. On our media drive in Udaipur we got to test both the 1.5-litre diesel engine variants. The Renault sourced 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine is a gem and both 85 PS and 110 PS versions have their own merits. The 85 PS diesel gets the hold of power immediately with a fractional amount of turbo lag. It provides continual power delivery right from the word go until the mid-range, post which the power starts fading away. This particular setup is ideal for city driving conditions where you need initial and mid-range grunt. The engine feels lively from a low 1200 RPM till 3500 RPM. Above 4000 RPM the power feels inflexible.

The Terrano 85 PS gathers speed till 130 km/hr without much effort and the engine feels creamy. Reaching 140 km/hr and above is time consuming and after that the engine feels worked out. Mated to the 85 PS engine is a 5-speed manual gearbox with perfect ratios for city driving conditions. You don’t need to work the gearbox for ambling around town, as it has minimal turbolag. The 85 PS can even be kicked off in the second gear at dead speeds. The gear ratios are even sorted for winding inclines but out on the highway you need to downshift for slick and speedy overtaking. At 100 km/hr the RPM needle hovers around 2500 RPM.

Coming to the 110 PS diesel, the turbo lag ailment is there being a thick one until 2000 RPM, post which the turbo kicks in and you get a good boost of twisting power with some torque steer. The torque wave is enjoyable to ride on once you get used to the gear ratios and maintain your gearshifts within the turbo zone. The real action lies in the mid and top range of the rev band, which makes the 110 PS Terrano a terrific highway cruiser. The engine feels creamy throughout the range with top notch refinement. The 1.5-litre engine enjoys revving up to 5000 RPM.Mated to the 110 PS version is a 6-speed manual gearbox. It is a rather long legged transmission, which is very convenient on the highways. At 100 km/hr in sixth gear the engine spins around 2200 RPM being in the turbo band, which means the car has relaxed cruising ability with enough grunt for high speed overtaking. There is no need to downshift for overtaking trucks as far as you are in the turbo zone. On the flip side, the engine needs to be learnt for city driving and steep incline sections. The initial turbo lag has to be treated with frequent downshifts otherwise you tend to do clutch slips. The clutch operation feels a bit stiff, which adds to the hectic drivability in congested traffic but it’s not a deal breaker as you would enjoy this engine once you get a hang of it.

Nissan Terrano Rideing

The ride on the Terrano is sorted and pliant. The underpinnings of the Terrano do a good job of ironing out most of the road bumps and shocks. We drove the Terrano over several rough roads, however the suspension ensured that we didn’t have any issues with the ride. There isn’t much body roll despite the ground clearance of 205mm. The 83bhp has a softer rear and it can be felt while taking corners. The steering response is a bit vague and it isn’t as light as other Nissan’s are.The chassis setup and the balance between the ride and handling is best in class too. The Terrano has the distinct ability to handle high speed corners faster than you would expect it to do and yet manage to do quick direction changes with ease. And to add, the Terrano has really good ride quality. It can handle almost every single type of road surface thrown at it and yet be comfortable enough inside the car for its passengers.

Nissan Terrano Price in Hyderabad

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,89,414/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,29,978/- (Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT). Get best offers for Nissan Terrano from Nissan Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Terrano price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Bottomline

The Terrano is priced almost half-a-lakh over the Duster. So for the extra money, you get a much better-looking Duster, plus some added features. And even if we consider the Terrano as an all-new product from Nissan, in that regard also, the Nissan Terrano comes across as an extremely good product. we are out and out impressed by the capabilities of the compact SUV. Keeping all the good characteristics of the Duster intact, Nissan has successfully managed to give the Terrano its own individuality by sprucing up the styling significantly. It looks more premium and fresh. But, its success in the market will totally depend on its pricing. There are a few bits which could have been improved such as the wind noise, brake pedal feedback, mirror adjustment control placement, etc. Nissan should understand that customers are well-read and using taglines like “The Newest Icon In Innovation” is misleading as the Terrano brings nothing new to the table. With the news of an updated Duster coming soon, the Terrano will have to face competition from its own backyard.