Nissan has released fresh teaser photos of its upcoming B-SUV concept previewing a new budget SUV for the Indian market.
Expected to be named Nissan Magnite, the pre-production concept will have its official debut on July 16 at the company’s global headquarters. Nissan says the production subcompact SUV, codenamed EM2, will launch in the second half of the fiscal year 2020-2021.
The teaser images reveal details of the front end, which features similar headlights to the recently facelifted Kicks. The octagonal grille and L-shaped DRL, however, look more fitting for a Datsun than a Nissan. That’s not coincidental because the model was originally destined to wear the Datsun badge.
We also get to see that the concept features LED headlights but it’s anyone’s guess if the production model will get them as well. Nissan doesn’t talk specifics and says the small SUV is stylish and technology-rich, featuring the latest tech as a part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
“Building on Nissan’s global SUV heritage and advanced technology, the New Compact SUV is designed for tomorrow’s journey as a feature-rich premium offering with stylish design for a strong and dynamic road presence,” the automaker says in a short statement.
According to Autocar India, the Nissan Magnite will be the brand’s smallest model worldwide, with an overall length of under 4 meters (157.5 inches). Mind you, only the Indian market will get it.
Expected to launch locally in January 2021, the subcompact crossover will offer two powertrains. The base choice will be a 72 HP naturally aspirated 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol shared with the Renault Triber. The unit will be mated as standard to a five-speed manual gearbox, with an automated manual likely to be offered as an option.
The second engine will be a 95 HP 1.0-liter turbocharged three-pot hooked to either a five-speed manual or a CVT.