Nissan set to attract attention with its all-new Magnite SUV
Nissan on Wednesday unveiled to the world its all-new Magnite compact crossover SUV.
A B-segment player designed to take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet, the Magnite is built in India for global markets. That name, in case you were wondering, happens to be a quirky mash-up of the words “magnetic” and “ignite”.
Keen to appeal to younger first-time buyers the Magnite comes out swinging with an aggressive face characterised by a large radiator grille and narrow headlamps. There's also a pair of bold L-shape LED Daytime Running Lights for an added shot of visual menace.
Under the bonnet you'll find Nissan's new HRA0 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Though no official output figures have been supplied we can tell you that this power plant can be mated to either a five-speed manual or X-Tronic CVT gearbox that transfers power exclusively to the front wheels.
Technology is a big deal in cars today and as such Nissan has filled the Magnite's cabin with features such as an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Other highlights include built-in voice recognition as well as Nissan's “Around View Monitor” (AVM) that gives the driver a virtual bird’s eye view from above the vehicle — a real plus when parking in tight city streets.
Customers can also specify the optional “tech pack” that bolts in a wireless charger, air purifier, puddle lamps, ambient mood lighting and premium JBL sound system.
On the safety side of things the Magnite comes standard with ABS brakes, traction control, hill-start assist and dual front airbags.
Though pricing is yet to be confirmed Nissan has announced that the Magnite will arrive in SA early next year.