The Nissan Terra has gone official this week, ahead of a debut in the Chinese market later this year.
Based on the same body-on-frame platform as the Navara ute, the Terra is something of a spiritual successor to the previous-generation Pathfinder – which was essentially a wagon-bodied version of the popular ute.
Compared to the company’s current crop of SUVs like the X-Trail and Pathfinder, which have moved away from their rugged roots to become more road-biased, the Terra is being pitched as a rugged 4×4 in similar vein to the likes of the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner.
The exterior design is quite similar to the Navara up front, though the rear is entirely unique. Meanwhile, the interior is pretty much lifted straight out of its ute sibling – which itself is a pretty standard Nissan dashboard layout.
Nissan says one in six of its vehicles sold globally is a frame-based vehicle or light commercial product, and the Terra is the first vehicle from the LCV division to launch under the company’s mid-term plan, which includes the goal of increasing sales by 40 per cent by 2022.
Further details regarding powertrains and equipment are yet to be detailed, with Nissan saying this information “will be available in April”.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Tony Mee, corporate communications manager for Nissan’s local division, confirmed there are no current plans to introduce the Terra Down Under.
“Nissan is excited to announce the forthcoming arrival of the new Terra SUV. 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,” he said.