And it's still not for Western markets

The 2018 Nissan Terra has been launched in China this week, accompanied by new details about what makes this body-on-frame SUV tick.

For the first time we have details of the Terra's powertrain – it features a 'QR25' four-cylinder petrol engine making 135kW of power and 251Nm of torque.

REVIEW: Our first drive of the south-east Asian Nissan Terra

No transmission is detailed, though drive is sent to a selectable four-wheel drive system. An automatic shifter is pictured in the interior photo, so it's likely the Navara's seven-speed auto is offered.

Despite its more practical SUV body, the Terra only features seating for five – compared to the likes of the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner which offer up to seven seats – though the company claims its new off-roader has "more rear space than any competitor".

Nissan adds it has employed various noise-reducing technologies to cut engine, wind and road noise, giving passengers "a space to talk together".

In terms of safety, the Terra features seven airbags as standard, though there's no mention of the latest driver-assistance technologies like autonomous emergency braking – China's safety standards are less stringent than ours and Europe's.

The Nissan Terra is now on sale in China through Dongfeng Nissan and Zhengzhou Nissan dealerships. It will become available to "other select markets in Asia" later on in the year.

Australia

Nissan's local division has already ruled out the Terra for our market, at least for the time being. It's a shame, considering how many people would like a successor to the previous-generation Pathfinder now that the current one is more road-biased.