Nissan Terrano 110PS

Posted on Mon ,05 May 2014 7:47 pm
Vaibhav Yedavi
Rating by CG: 
Nissan Terrano 110PS

French in Japanese Clothing...


The Terrano compact SUV was launched by Nissan last year with full fanfare in a typical Bollywood style event in a movie studio, and we were told by Nissan India at that point in time that we were in for a treat. However, we had our doubts. This was indeed another case of badge re-engineering between Renault and Nissan. This is in fact the third car that has gone through this transformation.


The compact SUV segment in India is growing and dominant players are Renault with the Duster and Ford with the Ecosport. There are other players too like the Premier Rio at the lower end of the spectrum and the Skoda Yeti at the higher but they have had little or fair amount of success. It was only time that Nissan got into this circus, and they did with the Terrano. We spent a few days driving the compact SUV and here is our review.



First off, we have to admit that Nissan has managed to completely change the look of the Duster (on which the Terrano is based) and give it a more Nissan-ish look. The front end gets a V-grille found on higher-end Nissan SUVs like the Patrol and the Pathfinder. The V-shape on the bonnet blends neatly with the V-shaped grille. The transformation is complete with the new headlamps.




The side profile is the least modified and looks exactly like a Duster. There are a few changes though like the blacked out B and C pillars. Nissan has tried their best to be different but could manage only that much. The arc shaped crease of the Duster is redesigned on the Terrano and is now a straight line which curves slightly towards the rear wheel arch.




The rear of the SUV sports a completely redesigned set of tail-lamps (split design), a redesigned tail-gate and bumper. The glasshouse on the Terrano remains unchanged from the Duster.


The higher variants of the Terrano get silver coloured roof rails and 16-inch silver alloy wheels with a machined look. They tend to look very good on the darker paint shades of the SUV. Lower end variants of the Terrano are fitted with black roof rails and steel wheels with full wheel covers.




The overall design looks fresh and kudos to the Nissan designers, who did their best to add the Japanese car makers DNA to a predominantly French car. 



Step inside the Terrano and you will notice that Nissan’s designers blew all the cash on the exterior re-design. The only changes which differentiate the Terrano from the Duster are the square AC vents in the centre, a small storage space on the top of the centre console and a different steering wheel.




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The Terrano gets a manual air-con on all the variants including the top end XV Premium we were testing. The variant also gets a proper rear AC unit with a 3-speed blower.


There is a 2-DIN audio CD player which also accepts input through USB, Aux-in or Bluetooth. A mobile phone can also be paired to the system through Bluetooth and you have to use the controls on the system to access it wirelessly. There are no audio or mobile phone controls on the steering wheel like the ones provided on the Duster.




The variant we were testing came with perforated beige leather seats (the lower variants get an all-black interior). The driver’s seat is adjustable for height manually even on the top end variant. The boot is spacious with 475-litres of luggage space. It is enough to pack a full-family’s luggage for the entire weekend. If you want more space and are ready to keep your children at home, the rear seat can be folded to reveal 1064-litres of boot space.


The all-round visibility through the driver’s seat is excellent and the NVH levels too are at a minimum. Above 100km/h though, there is some wind noise and tyre noise that one can hear. However, nothing significant to disturb the otherwise well insulated interiors.


There are some ergonomic disasters in the SUV like the electric mirror adjustment knob which is located below the handbrake, headlamp leveling switch which is placed very low; below the knee and the awkwardly placed power-window switches on the door panel.



The Japanese may have tweaked the exterior but the heart of the Terrano remains French. It is the tried and tested 1.5-litre diesel unit from Renault. In the 110PS variant it gets a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) which is tuned to deliver 108bhp @ 3900rpm and 248Nm @ 2250rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The 85PS diesel and petrol models come fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox.




The diesel clatter is evident at idle but is only heard with the window down. Turbo-lag is evident at low engine speeds, but keep the engine boiling above 1500rpm and everything will be fine. Power delivery is smooth and linear in every gear. The 110PS Terrano will happily cruise at 120km/h all day and the ride of this SUV is comfortable. During our combined city (heavy traffic) and expressway testing the Terrano 110PS achieved an overall mileage of 13.5km/l.


Ride and Handling

The Terrano in any guise gets an independent McPherson strut suspension at the front and torsion beam axle at the rear. The SUV rides on 16-inch wheels shod with 215/65 R16 tyres. Ground clearance is 205mm.


The suspension setup will seem to be a bit stiff at low speeds, but go a little faster and the Terrano magically flattens out the moon-crater-like Indian road surfaces. The Terrano drives like a sedan but does roll a little bit on the bends when driven enthusiastically. The steering is electro-hydraulically assisted and feels heavy at parking speeds. There is some feedback from the wheel and it tends to get very heavy at high speeds and it feels like it is refusing to turn.




The short front and rear overhangs and the large departure angles means you can take the Terrano off the beaten path. The tyres will struggle a little but will eventually get you out of the broken tracks. However, you have to remember that it is a 4x2 and not a 4x4, so don’t go searching for a ditch and then expect traction from the tyres.


Braking on the Terrano is taken care of by discs at the front and drums at the rear. The brake pedal feels a little spongy but gets the job done. The vehicle will stop in a straight line without the nose diving in an emergency situation.


Safety and Features

The Terrano gets a driver airbag on all the variants. The 110PS XV Premium variant gets a passenger side airbag as well. The other safety features on the variant are ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist). On the lower variants ABS, EBD and BA are available depending on the variant.


Engine Immobilizer and Central Locking are standard on all the variants.



The Terrano 110PS XV Premium is priced at Rs.12.83 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and is priced very close to the XUV500 from Mahindra. Where the Mahindra seats 7 and came to the party with every imaginable feature like 6-airbags, climate control, tyre pressure monitoring, automatic headlamps and wipers etc., the Terrano came empty handed.




The Terrano is priced more than the Duster for every comparable variant. The best thing Nissan could have done is differentiate the vehicle by offering four-wheel drive as standard but that would have proved to be a tad heavy on the pocket. However, the need is more to introduce an automatic version, which could have made a lot of difference.



  • Engine: 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine
  • Power: 108bhp @ 3900rpm
  • Torque: 248Nm @ 2250rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual




Words by Vaibhav Yedavi

Photos by Anuj Malandkar



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