Nissan’s Magnite compact SUV here soon - SA prices announced

By Motoring Staff Time of article published Apr 15, 2021

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JOHANNESBURG - Nissan has entered South Africa’s budget crossover segment with its much-anticipated Magnite and it’s set to go up against the likes of Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza and its Toyota Urban Cruiser sibling.

Pricing for the Magnite starts at R256 999 for the Acenta model, moving up to R305 700 for the flagship Acenta Plus CVT variant.

The Indian-built Magnite measures less than four metres in length and boasts a sporty design that’s likely to find favour among compact SUV customers. Although it’s available in front-wheel drive guise only, the little Nissan does boast a 205mm ground clearance, which is among the best in class.

Providing power is Nissan’s latest 1-litre, three-cylinder turbopetrol engine. The 999cc unit produces 74kW at 5000rpm and buyers will be able to pair it with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT continuously variable transmission. The manual model has a maximum torque output of 160Nm at 2800rpm, but the CVT offers slightly less (152Nm) albeit lower in the rev range at 2200.

Moving inside, Nissan says that its new baby SUV offers best-in-class rear knee room as well as the best ‘couple distance’ in its segment - which is the gap between shoulders in the front row. The boot space is quite competitive too, with Nissan claiming a 336 litre volume.

Nissan has yet to detail which features are fitted to which models, but the press release does mention quite a few high-end items that are available, such as an Around View Monitor, full 17.8cm TFT instrument cluster, LED bi-projector headlights and an eight-inch ‘full flash’ touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Unlike many of its rivals, the Nissan is also fitted with Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control systems, in addition to the usual safety essentials like dual front airbags and ABS brakes.

Watch this space for more information on the exact specifications as they become available.

NISSAN MAGNITE PRICES

Acenta manual - R256 999

Acenta CVT - R280 100

Acenta Plus manual - R282 600

Acenta Plus CVT - R305 700

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