Nissan’s first pick-up based SUV since production of the R51 Pathfinder ended in 2014, the Terra, as evident by the front fascia, uses the current Navara as a base and measures 4 882 mm in overall length, with a wheelbase of 2 850 mm, height of 1 835 mm, width of 1 850 mm and a claimed best in-class ground clearance of 225 mm.
Despite retaining the Navara’s controversial five-link coil rear suspension and adding a series of noise cancelling technologies to reduce both road, engine and wind interferences, the Terra will only be offered with five seats in spite of Nissan claiming it to have “more rear space than any competitor”.
Final specification has yet to be fully revealed, although according to previous reports, the Terra will offer items such as dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, daytime running LEDs and up to seven airbags.
Refuting previous reports, power for the Terra will come from a 2.5-litre petrol engine instead of a 2.4, which will produce 135 kW and 251 Nm of torque. No diesel option will be offered.
While four-wheel drive will be available on some models, Nissan has declined to provide transmission details, although the provided images shows an automatic gearbox, likely to be the same seven-speed unit as the Navara. Lower spec variants are expected to come equipped with a six-speed manual.
Available immediately through Dongfeng and Zhengzhou Nissan dealerships with sales in other parts of Asia set to commence later this year, the Terra will, for now, remain forbidden fruit for South Africans seeking an alternative to the segment-leading Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and forthcoming Isuzu MU-X.