The base-spec XE variant can be had in only two colours: white and silver
The newest sub-4m SUV is offered in five variants: XE, XL, XV, XV Premium and XV Premium (O).
Base-spec XE variant, priced at Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), looks simpler than higher variants.
It is offered with halogen headlamps, 16-inch steel wheels, rear wiper, washer and defogger.
Inside, it comes with a dual-tone layout with all four power windows but misses out on an audio system.
The XE variant gets a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a 5-speed MT.
Nissan just launched the Magnite sub-4m SUV on December 2, less than two months after the production-spec model was unveiled. It has gone all out and priced the SUV aggressively with an introductory starting figure of Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The Magnite is available in five variants and while we had done a story on its variants in images earlier, we have now got our hands on some raw shots of the SUV’s base-spec XE variant. Take a look:
Being the base-spec variant, the Magnite XE looks quite simpler than its more premium variants. It is offered in only two exterior shades: white and silver. Up front, it gets basic halogen headlamps, chrome surround around the big grille (that resembles the one seen on the facelifted Datsun redi-GO), and L-shaped chrome strips in lieu of the LED DRLs on the higher variants.
Its basic nature is further amplified when the SUV is viewed from the side but Nissan’s choice to offer 16-inch wheels as standard helps the affordable model look acceptable. It gets non-body-coloured outside rearview mirrors and turn indicators positioned next to the ORVMs on the front fenders. The Magnite also has functional roof rails that can bear a load of up to 50kg.
At the rear, the base variant of the SUV is seen with a roof-mounted spoiler with the brake light integrated into it. You can also spot the name of the SUV spelt across the bootlid and a plain black body cladding for the bumper. Nissan is offering a rear wiper, washer and demister as standard as seen on the XE variant.
Inside the base-spec XE, the Magnite gets a clean design thanks to the dual-tone layout. It gets black fabric seats with grey accents, black inside door handles, chrome surround for the air-con vents, internally-adjustable ORVMs, and front and rear power windows. Nissan, however, does not offer the XE variant with an audio system.
Although it is the base variant, the Magnite XE does feature an LED instrument cluster (similar to the one offered on the Renault Triber) with a 3.5-inch MID in the centre. It also gets chrome accents on the steering wheel to make it look more appealing.
The base-spec XE variant is offered only with the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine (72PS/96Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Nissan also offers a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit on the higher variants of the Magnite that is offered with either a 5-speed MT or a CVT. Its output stands at 100PS and 160Nm (152Nm with the CVT gearbox).
Nissan has priced the Magnite in the range of Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 9.59 lakh (introductory prices, ex-showroom Delhi, valid only till the end of 2020). The SUV goes up against the Ford EcoSport, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, and the upcoming Renault Kiger.
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