The Nissan Magnite has just been launched in India, making it the latest entrant in the compact SUV segment. Magnite launch prices start at Rs 4.99 lakh for base XE and go up to Rs. 9.45 lakh for a high spec XV. Premium CVT (O). The company also announced that prices are introductory and will increase from January 1, 2021.
• It comes with a naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine and a turbo petrol engine.
• Turbo petrol is available with the option of a CVT automatic transmission
• It comes in five major editions: XE, XL, XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O).
Nissan Magnite price (ex-showroom price)
Nissan Magnite features
Nissan Magnite is offered in five major trim levels: XE, XL, XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O). With the best specs, Magnite gets a long list of equipment including dual-projector LED headlights with LED DRLs, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, adjustable and foldable rearview mirrors, roof rails, and license plates. Front and rear false slip.
In addition, it also has an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless connectivity from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display, voice recognition technology, start-up button, navigation control, 360-degree view camera, Tire pressure monitor, and fully black interior.
Nissan Magnite Technology Package
For Magnite XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O), Nissan also offers an optional Technology Package. For an additional Rs 39,000, this package adds equipment like wireless charging, air purifier, ambient lighting, pool lights, and JBL speakers, in addition to the features already available.
Nissan Magnite design
In terms of elegance, the compact SUV is well proportioned and has a rugged appearance, highlighted by its strong body lines. Some of Magnite's premium design features include L-shaped LED daytime running lights, taillights, large octagonal grille, chunky C-pillars, rear thighs, and black body trim. Surrounding the SUV. The two-tone color schemes are available with all variants except for the lower-spec XE and XL, which adds Rs 14,000 to the price.
Nissan Magnite engine and gearbox options
Under the hood, the Magnite comes with a choice of two petrol engines. The first is a 1.0-liter naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine with 72 hp, while the second option is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (HRA0) that produces 100 hp and 160 Nm of torque. Nissan will not offer a diesel engine with the Magnite.
As for gearbox options, both engines come standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine also has the option of a CVT automatic gearbox, but in this configuration, the engine torque output is reduced by 8 Nm (to 152 Nm).
Nissan Magnite competitors
Being a compact SUV, the Nissan Magnite will face stiff competition from the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Toyota Urban Cruiser.
Notably, the Magnite's price makes it the cheapest offering in its class and at a decent margin. At its introductory initial price of Rs 4.99 lakh, it is priced much lower than the Kia Sonet (Rs. 6.71 lakh) and Hyundai Venue (Rs.6.75 lakh), both of which were previously the cheapest in the segment.
Even at the higher end of the spectrum, Magnite continues to undercut its competitors. At 9.45 lakh rupees, the high-spec XV Premium (O) with CVT is the cheapest of all entry-level automatic compact SUVs except for those equipped with the AMT Nexon XMA. In fact, the price of the high-spec manual is closer to the mid-spec trim levels of its competition.
Together, these factors should help increase Magnite's attractiveness in our market.
READ MORE: The best hatchback cars in India one can buy in 2020| Price, Specs, Features