After months of teasers and spy shots, Nissan has finally entered the pickup platform vehicle (PPV) segment with the unveiling of the all-new Terra. Going on sale in China, the frame-based SUV is a first for the Japanese carmaker.
While it may be Nissan’s first foray into the hotly-contested class, Nissan is no stranger to pickup-based SUVs. it has a long-standing history with the likes of the legendary Patrol. And while the Terra may not exactly be as large as the iconic off-roader, it still promises a more than capable package.
The ladder-on-frame chassis, for instance, is tough and rugged. This means go-anywhere capability to tackle any surface. Nissan has also utilized a five-link coil spring rear suspension and a rigid rear axle. These translate to better ride comfort in the city and even when going off the beaten path.
Making sure that you don’t get stuck in those tricky situations is the 4WD-DIFF. Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, meanwhile, make tackling those ups and downs a breeze. Moreover, the best-in-class 225mm ground clearance means added security during floods or when going over rocks and other obstacles.
In China, the Nissan Terra will be powered by the QR25 2.5-liter gasoline engine that puts out 180hp and 251Nm of torque. We’re guessing, however, that it would be fitted with a diesel mill when it makes its way to our market.
Stepping inside, the five-seat cabin promises spacious comfort for all passengers. There is also more than enough room for cargo, though it would most likely have a seven-seat option later on. Occupants will likewise be treated to the latest infotainment system that will also keep them connected while on the go. And 7 SRS airbags provide added safety.
All this wrapped in a modern and stylish body that features familiar Nissan styling cues like the V-Motion grille, boomerang LED headlamps and taillights, and a flowing profile. The look is finished off with 18-inch alloy wheels.
After the Chinese market, the Nisan Terra will arrive in other Asian markets within the year.