Nissan Middle East has unveiled the 2021 Nissan X-Terra with a web event that marks the return of the popular Xterra nameplate, albeit with a hyphen in the badge and based on the ASEAN-market Terra.
Emerging markets like India love small vehicles, given the tax benefits provided to cars shorter than 4 metres. Thus the “Compact SUV” market in India is flooded with pint-sized SUVs like the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet. Now, Nissan has jumped into this segment with the Nissan Magnite, the brand’s smallest SUV.
Due to the pandemic, every car dealer around is claiming that you can buy or service your car while sitting at home, without actually giving any real details about whether you can actually buy a car with a 100% credit card payment or if they will come service your car for free under your house. We recently did multiple runs to the Mopar service centre due to never-ending warranty issues and there was no sign of any such home service. Then we caught wind of a Facebook ad by the Nissan dealer, advertising “free Thursday pick and drop” service, so we decided to try that out because we absolutely hate wasting time on car servicing.
Nissan unveiled the Z Proto concept today, as the Japanese carmaker finally prepares to launch a replacement for the 370Z sports car. Shown at a virtual event hosted at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, the prototype car features a new retro-themed design inside and out, as well as a V6 twin-turbocharged engine with a manual transmission.
In the Australian car market, car-based pickup trucks or Utes were quite popular. Some of these vehicles, like the Holden Maloo or the Ford’s FPV F6, took the pickup truck to levels of performance unimaginable for the genre. But taking their place are midsize pickups such as the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux, both of which come with aggressive offroad versions. Now Nissan is thinking about cashing in on the combined opportunity of fast pickup trucks by dropping a V8 under the hood of the Navara, giving birth to a NISMO variant.
Nissan has just introduced the production version of the all-new Nissan Ariya, an electric crossover SUV that we last saw as a concept on our trip to the Tokyo Motor Show late last year.
Nissan recently took the covers off the all-new X-Trail. Better known as the Rogue in the US, where it is currently the best-selling Nissan, a lot of new tech has been added to the interior along with the fresh exterior design.
The front fascia gets interesting with the split-headlight design, but then things get conservative in the middle with the V-motion grille. It’s not all show though, as air curtains in the front fascia and active grille shutters improve the aerodynamics at speed. The rear design is also quite subdued.
The top variant of the X-Trail gets an all-digital instrument cluster,
The Nissan Kicks walked into the market in 2018, pushing the Nissan Juke out the door in the Middle East. The Kicks brought in a more conventional look instead of the Juke’s funky design (though the new Juke has grown a bit more mature since then). Three years into its life, Nissan gives the little crossover a nip and tuck for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Nissan Kicks has been revealed in Thailand, flaunting an updated design and a sort-of hybrid powertrain.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has been a troubled marriage, fighting through adversities including reduced market share, stronger competition and internal issues that came to a head with the spectacular rise and fall of former CEO Carlos Ghosn. With the Covid-19 pandemic hammering down on the industry, their struggle has only gotten worse. To counter this slump in business, the alliance has organised a contingency plan. Nissan has announced a 4-year plan which includes drastic decisions like shutting down plants and significantly trimming their lineup.
Being on sale for 13 years without any major changes is a rare feat in the car world. Nissan GTR’s R35 generation is one such car, revered back in 2007 as a supercar slayer. Nicknamed the Godzilla, the GTR lived up to its name. But since then, there had been no major update on this fast-moving supercomputer. So Nissan commissioned Italdesign — an Italian design firm if the name wasn’t a clue — to come up with their own take on the GTR, called the Italdesign GT-R50.
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