The new Nissan Terra is the latest ladder-on-frame offering and competes with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X and the likes in the segment. The new Terra, like its competition, also shares its underpinnings with a pick-up truck including the Nissan Navara and the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
The new Nissan Terra shares its design with the Navara pick-up and the overall styling is largely similar to what we’ve seen on other Nissan SUVs. Compared to the pick-up though, the front and rear bumpers are different, lending an overall upmarket appearance to the SUV. The rear is all-new on the Terra and gets LED taillights and some chrome detailing on the tailgate. Over the X-Trail and Pathfinder SUVs, which are more crossover-ish in Nissan’s stable, the Terra establishes itself as an imposing offering.
Inside, the cabin is identical to that of the Navara. So you get a sporty black interior with a massive touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while you also get automatic climate control. The multi-function steering wheel is identical as well and the SUV comes with a twin-pod instrument cluster. The Terra is a seven seater with the rear seats fold-able to make way for additional cargo space.
All this seems like a winning formula for local Nissan brand guardian, however after a brief meeting with a Edaran Tan Chong Malaysia management recently, we were informed that the Terra will not arrive anytime soon as the segment is not enjoying sales volume and current competitors from Ford and Isuzu are showing weak sales.