The body-on-frame SUV, designed and built in China, runs a Nissan ‘QR25’ gasoline engine, which pumps out 135kW at 6000rpm and 251Nm at 4000rpm (that’s 180 horses).
The Terra features a reinforced ladder-frame chassis, a five-link coil spring rear suspension and rear-wheel axle, and a four-wheel drive diff lock system. Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist are standard features. Ground clearance sits at 225mm, while the vehicle measures in at 4882mm long, 1850mm wide and 1835mm tall.
“The Nissan Terra builds on our strong SUV heritage while incorporating the needs of the Asian customer and the performance of our refined frame vehicles,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan’s Light Commercial Vehicle Business. “The Terra is a descendant of the Nissan Patrol, our tough off-road icon originally designed for police and military use.
“The Nissan Terra design is tough and practical, reliable for everyday use, while giving our customers the freedom to go anywhere and explore beyond the every day.”
Safety tech includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, and Intelligent Emergency Braking.
Tech Torque: Electronic chassis control systems
The Terra is the first frame-based SUV to be launched under Nissan’s midterm plan: Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022. According to Nissan, the aim of this six-year mid-term plan is to, “achieve sustainable growth and to lead the technology and business evolution of the automotive industry.”
When announced back in February, Tony Mee, Nissan Australia's Corporate Communications Manager, told us: “This new SUV model is scheduled for initial release in China, and selected Asian markets, and is currently not planned for Australia or New Zealand.”