Nissan has announced that it plans to launch up to eight new models for the Indian market by 2021. A majority of these will be Nissan as well as Datsun models and they will be locally produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant outside Chennai. We already know that two of the vehicles are GT-R supercar and the X-Trail SUV which has been confirmed for an early 2017 launch. These two apart, each of these cars will be customised to suit the needs and tastes of the evolving Indian buyer. Here then is our list of eight models that we believe will be launched in next four years.
Last year, Carlos Ghosn has announced that more models would be spawned from the CMF-A platform that underpins the Kwid and Redigo. The first of these are expected to be compact sedans of which Nissan’s will be based on the Redigo. It is expected to have the same engine options, cabin but a slightly different face to separate the two cars.
Once the compact sedan is out, expect a compact SUV like vehicle which will sport straight lines, high stance and possibly taller wheels as compared to the Redigo. This car is expect this car to get the 1.0-litre engine as well as the AMT option but will have design cues quite similar to that of the hatchback.
This will be a larger SUV option to take on the entry-level B-segment vehicles. It will sport the body of the Go+ but with taller wheels, higher ground clearance and a body kit to signify the SUV credibility. Believe it or not, this vehicle is likely to arrive at a time when vehicles like the E-Class All Terrain and the Volvo V90 Cross Country will be at their peak, making this quite an aspirational target in terms of body style.
There is a new Nissan Micra with a completely new platform for the global markets but we in India will not get this car as the new bits will make it too expensive to price competitively. Instead we will get an updated version of the current car that will sport a revised design and cabin similar to the latest generation hatchback.
When Nissan updates the new Micra, it is also expected to update the Sunny sedan. It will remain the same mechanically but sports a new face, tail and obviously a completely new cabin. This car is expected to have all the segment expected features along with the massive legroom that the current model offers.
Replacement for the Terrano
The badged engineered model sharing agreement between Renault and Nissan is expected to end once the current Terrano’s production comes to a close. It is expected to be replaced by a locally made version of the Brazilian spec Kicks SUV and will slot into the same spot as the Terrano but in a lower price range the latter.
It will be their new premium SUV and arrive in by the start of the next financial year. This car will be a CBU and is expected to be priced above Rs 35 lakh. However, its major selling point will be the petrol-hybrid powertrain, a growing choice among buyers in that of the market looking for a premium SUV.
The ultimate expression of high performance from the Nissan stables, each GT-R is hand built by the best technicians in the Nissan workforce. Priced at Rs 1.99 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) its arrival in India indicates Nissan’s plans to have a stable and aspirational image at both ends of the pricing spectrum.