Nissan Terra revealed; Will Rival Fortuner, Endeavor

Although the SUV is powered by a 2.5-liter suction gasoline according to the China specification, the Terra will also get a diesel option for other markets at some point

Nissan has unveiled its new full-size premium SUV Terra for the Chinese market. It’s Nissan’s first ladder-frame offering in a long time and will rival SUVs like the Ford Endeavor and Toyota Fortuner in markets like Thailand. Like its competitors, the Terra is based on a popular pickup, the Nissan Navara.

Nissan Terra, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavor






4882 mm

4892mm (+ 10mm)

4795mm (-87mm)


1850 mm

1860mm (+ 10mm)

1855mm (+ 5mm)


1835 mm

1837mm (+ 3mm)

1835mm (0)


2850 mm

2850mm (0)

2745mm (-105mm)

Ground clearance (unladen)

225 mm

225 mm

225 mm

Wheel size

Up to 18 inches

Up to 18 inches (India specification)

Up to 18 inches


255/60 R18

265/60 R18

265/60 R18 (4WD)

Nissan Terra



The Nissan Terra has LED projector headlights with daytime running LEDs and taillights with LED graphics. This is identical to what you see in Fortuner and Endeavor; However, Ford does offer bi-xenon projectors.

Audio system

Like the Fortuner, the Nissan Terra has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system coupled with a 6-speaker system. Both the Fortuner and the Terra miss the connectivity of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Endeavor does it all right here as it comes with a larger screen (8 inches) and offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The Endeavor also comes with a standard 10 speaker system that has active noise cancellation. The Endeavor’s infotainment system also automatically calls emergency services in the event of a mishap (airbag deployment).

Nissan Terra

Comfort and convenience

The Terra receives functions such as passive keyless entry with push-button engine start-stop, an electrically powered driver’s seat, ambient lighting, two-zone automatic air conditioning, an electric sliding roof and leather upholstery. Except for the two-zone automatic air conditioning and the sliding roof, it is largely similar to the equipment list of the Fortuner. The Endeavor, on the other hand, offers more, as it has a larger panoramic sliding roof, multi-colored ambient lighting, a partially autonomous parking function and a programmable button (start-stop buttons are to be offered with the upcoming facelift).


All three SUVs offer up to seven airbags (Endeavor has six airbags, driver’s knee airbag is missing), ABS with EBD and brake assist as well as ESP (electronic stability program), TC (traction control), hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system and Isofix child seat anchors.

Nissan Terra


The Nissan Navara is powered by a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated engine with 183 hp and 251 Nm. The engine is coupled with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic. Like its competitors, it offers both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The Terra is also expected to receive a diesel engine (on loan from Navara) for other markets.

It could be the Navara’s 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel or the 2.5-liter diesel. Both engines developed 190 hp and 450 Nm. Only the torque builds up significantly less with the twin turbo unit: at around 1500 rpm compared to 2000 rpm with the 2.5-liter unit. The transmission options should be similar to the 2.5-liter gasoline engine. Nissan could offer one of the two diesels together with the gasoline engine like the Fortuner.

Will it come to India?

Nissan Terra

After China, Nissan has already announced the Terra for the Philippines, and Thailand will receive it as a result. We believe Nissan will eventually launch it in India and its competitors do pretty well here. The Ford Endeavor, for example, sells ~ 500 units per month while the Toyota Fortuner sells around 2k units. The combined sales of these ladder-frame SUVs are well over double the sales of similar monocoque SUVs (~ 30-35 lakh) like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq. Additionally, Nissan certainly needs more products in its current portfolio, which is currently uncompetitive, aging and boring compared to some other mass market players.

Skoda Kodiaq


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