Meet Nepal’s Most Affordable Sub-compact SUV
The hugely-awaited Nissan Magnite, a sub-compact SUV, was launched in the Nepali market a month back. The sub-compact SUV created quite a noise in the Indian market for its aggressive pricing and in Nepal, it’s no different. The Magnite has the most affordable starting price by far, i.e. Rs 2.95 million, in the sub-compact SUV segment in the Nepali market as well.
On the exterior, the first thing that catches your eye is a trapezoid-shaped grille of Magnite surrounded by a silver, finished bezel and large L-shaped DRLs. Below the grille is a one-piece black plastic panel and a faux skid plate. The design looks sporty. Other attractive features in Magnite are a floating-type roof effect, blacked-out ORVMs, gloss back cladding over the wheel arches, chrome handlebars, blacked-out side skirts with silver inserts, and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
The Magnite has been built on Nissan’s modular CMF-A+ platform that also supports the Renault Triber and is also used by Renault Kiger. It is powered by a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 98.63 bhp and 160 Nm of torque and a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit that delivers 71.02 bhp of maximum power, along with 96 Nm of peak torque; both engines will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
As for the interior of the car, the Magnite has cabin spaces with several variant-specific features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in voice recognition, cruise control, 360-degree cameras, etc. A dual-tone theme with stitched-fabric seats, best-in-class rear knee room and couple seat distance, an all-digital 7-inch TFT instrument cluster for the driver with fuel economy and fuel history, and graphical tyre pressure monitoring, etc – available in the vehicle depending upon the variant of Magnite. The glovebox of 10 litres is the largest in the segment. However, the sub-compact SUV doesn’t have a sunroof or ventilated seats, both popular features among current car buyers.
The dimensions of Magnite is 3994mm long, 1758mm wide with a height of 1572mm and has a wheel base of 2500mm and ground clearance of 205mm when not carrying a load. Also, the car has a boot space of 336 litres which can be expanded up to 690 litres with the folding of second-row seat, and fuel tank capacity of 40 litres.
Safety wise, the Magnite comes equipped with dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, around view monitor, a tire pressure monitoring system, and ISOFIX child seat anchors along with front seatbelt reminders as well as a high-speed alert system, etc.
The sub-compact SUV will be available in four trims: XE (Base), XL (Mid), XV (Upper), and the XV (Premium) in a total of 11 variants and starts at the price of Rs 2.95 million up to Rs 4.30 million. Below is the detailed price list of the Nissan Magnite in Nepal according to the variant: