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Fortuner rival Nissan Terra headed for SA


For the past few years the Toyota Fortuner has been dominating the mid-size SUV market and Nissan wants a big slice of the pie. With the unveiling of the new X-Terra in Dubai recently, a Nissan South Africa spokesperson said that the Terra (note, slightly different name for our market) has been earmarked for South Africa and will be available in the second half of 2021.

At first, it will only be available with a normally aspirated 2.5L petrol engine with 124kW, but it is more than likely that both single and twin turbo versions of the 2.3L diesel with 120kW and 140kW respectively will makes its way into the Terra. The fact that it will come with any form of petrol engine will already open sales opportunities to new customers, as you can no longer get a petrol engine in the Fortuner.

The Terra features a part-time four-wheel drive system with low-range, Hill descent Control and low range.

Inside, the tech fest continues with a digital rear view mirror, large 20.3cm Nissan Connect infotainment system and 17.8cm display between the analogue dials of the gauge cluster.

A Bose sound system finishes off the interior features, while Forward Collision Warning, Rear cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Emergency Braking systems make in appearance in the safety category.