Nissan South Africa has announced engine details for the new Magnite small crossover that is due to launch on local shores in early 2021.

Revealed in October 2020, the Magnite will be offered locally with a turbocharged 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or the Japanese firm's X-Tronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The three-pot offers a peak power output of 74 kW at 5 000 r/min. In manual guise, peak torque of 160 N.m is on tap from 2 800 to 3 600 r/min, while the CVT version’s maximum twisting force is listed as a slightly lower 152 N.m (though is available over a broader spread of the rev range, from 2 200 to 4 400 r/min).

The manual variant sips unleaded petrol from its 40-litre at a claimed 5,0 L/100 km, while the CVT is interestingly a mite less efficient at a claimed 5,6 L/100 km.

As a reminder, the new Magnite measures 3 994 mm from nose to tail, with a wheelbase of 2 500 mm, ground clearance of around 210 mm and claimed luggage capacity of 336 litres. It employs disc brakes up front and drums at the rear.

The Indian-built newcomer looks set to be positioned to take on the likes of the Hyundai Venue and upcoming Kia Sonet. Expect local pricing and full specifications to be released closer to the launch in the first quarter of 2021.