When the Nissan Terra officially went on sale in China back in April 2018, it was powered by a petrol engine and featured five seats. In May, the Japanese automaker confirmed that the body-on-frame SUV would also be built (for South East Asia, at least) with a 2,5-litre turbodiesel engine and seven seats.
Now, with the model’s launch in Thailand (incidentally, this is where it is also being built, with a production capacity of 370 000 units a year), Nissan has confirmed that the Terra will be offered with the 2,3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine from the Navara bakkie, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
As in the Navara (and, of course, the Mercedes-Benz X250d), this four-cylinder oil-burner makes 140 kW and 450 N.m. It can be specified in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with a ground clearance of 225 mm.
The Nissan Terra has been conceived to take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Isuzu MU-X, and can be considered the spiritual successor to the Pathfinder.
Take note that the Terra has yet to be officially confirmed for South Africa, although in February, Nissan SA told CARmag.co.za that it was “working closely” with its parent company to “develop a vehicle that is suitable to the sub-Saharan market”. If the Terra does hit local shores, expect it to be powered by this 2,3-litre diesel engine.
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