The upcoming Magnite SUV will mark Nissan's entry into the competitive subcompact SUV space in the Indian market. The Japanese carmaker will be officially revealing the production-spec Nissan Magnite in India on October 21, 2020. Ahead of its global debut, a near-production version of the SUV has been spotted undisguised with red and black dual-tone paint scheme. The new spy pictures reveal that the SUV will be retaining most of the elements seen on the concept model, which was showcased earlier this July.
A new teaser video of the SUV was released by the carmaker showing a partially camouflaged test mule undergoing durability tests. Previously, a blue and white dual-tone coloured test mule of the Magnite was spotted sans camouflage at a fuel filling station. It will be based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF-A+ platform, which also underpins the Triber MPV.
The new spy pictures give a brief overview of the SUV's design, confirming that there will be a dual-tone exterior treatment. It gets a large hexagonal grille which is flanked by sharp wrapped-around LED headlamps. The SUV gets neatly chiselled front bumper sporting L-shaped LED DRLs, faux skid plate, side and wheel arch cladding, roof rails, roof-mounted rear spoiler, LED taillights, 'Magnite' lettering on the tailgate and more.
On the inside, the Nissan Magnite is likely to come with a simple interior design which is expected to be in line with what we have seen on the concept model. We can expect a clutter-free dashboard design with trapezoidal air vents, dual-tone black and red treatment on the upholstery, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering mounted controls, a 360-degree camera, automatic climate control and other comfort features.
Nissan's upcoming subcompact SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.0-litre Energy petrol engine that also powers the Renault Triber. The petrol mill makes 71 bhp and 96 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual and an AMT transmission. The company is also expected to introduce a turbocharged version of the engine, which was revealed at the 2020 Auto Expo.