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The new Nissan Terrano has appeared in production form after an apparent August 20 launch in India, but the small sport utility vehicle remains sadly aloof from the US market. We've had our eyes on the Terrano ever since we learned it would be produced as an upscale alternative to the Dacia Duster on which it's based, but currently Nissan has no plans to import it here. Blame safety and perhaps emissions laws – the Duster was never designed for our market.

Even with these less-than-high resolution images, it's clear that the beyond the obvious badges, Nissan's signature trapezoidal grille and a slightly altered rear end with new taillights are the biggest visual clues that this is the Terrano, but those with astute eyes will also notice a slightly redesigned hood and blacked-out door pillars instead of the Duster's body-colored items. Either way, it looks to be a handsome, low-cost little brute – the sort of simple and rugged SUV that's hard to come by in today's marketplace.


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      Kimura
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks better than a lot of Nissan's resent designs.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like this better than the 7/10ths scale Pathfinder that the next Rogue will be.
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        Yeah, why are we getting that "melted" crossover. This is a small SUV men can actually buy. And I love the M/T!
        pavsterrocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        Well this looks like the 7/10 previous gen pathfinder. Why not just get the real deal? They still have some 2012's left-over if you want to buy new.
      adrenalnjunky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mid-size, squatty stance with a little hint of ground clearance. Manual trans? No infotainment based radio and hvac controls? This could be an X-terra replacement. which means we won't ever get something like it here.
        jpadow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @adrenalnjunky
        It's actually way less than mid-size. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia_duster
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wouldn't this be a Datsun in the new scheme?
      Whitaker Behrens
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why can we not get something like this in the US? A small, unibody suv with some real offroad potential. Our choices here are either a full-on solid axled Jeep Wrangler or the multitude of non-minivan minivans (crossovers) that couldn't climb a curb. The closest we've got to this is the Subaru Forester, but even that is being de-ruggedized by Toyota...
      paqza
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like an SUV done right. Shame it isn't coming to the US.
      Top Stig
      • 1 Year Ago
      GREAT NEWS!!
      theweegeean
      • 1 Year Ago
      The most frustrating thing about the US market is how polarized it seems to be. It seems like a lot of it is an attempt to force people to pay as much money as a dealer can wring out of them. Do you want a vehicle that can do off-roading? Well then obviously you want the biggest, meanest, nastiest off road beast money can buy. Please pay us $25,000 for a Wrangler. No sissy middle-ground stuff like the Patriot or Duster or God forbid Fiat Panda. Do you want a car? Well then obviously you want one with everything: Bluetooth, power everything, heated seats, leather, cruise control, dual zone climate control. Do you want a truck? You want the biggest one you can get right? None of that compact stuff, nobody likes that. I learned immediately after buying my first dealer-bought car why buying private owner used is best. When you buy that way you get a decent car at a good value. Buying at a dealership made me feel like I was getting milked like a cow. My point? 50% the reason this isn't coming over to the US (and will never come over here) is because it wasn't federalized. The other 50% of why it isn't coming is because it would be a cheap yet desirable CUV that dealers wouldn't make as much of a profit on; they can make more money tacking silly electronics and other junk into a car, and cheaper cars like this one have fewer gadgets the dealers can put onto the invoice. Americans have money, automakers know we'll spend it; as long as that's true they're not going to build genuinely low-priced yet attractive value models for our market.
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theweegeean
        The problem with that is that every used car originated on a dealer lot so the profit is already built in. You're completely right that dealers are the source of a lot of the problems with the auto industry. Too bad they have so much power in the government - imagine how much better it would be if you could buy direct from the manufacturers...
          rbnhd1144
          • 1 Year Ago
          @askroon
          Buying direct from the manufactures might sound good, it may save you some money, but what about trade ins and real service after the sale...
          theweegeean
          • 1 Year Ago
          @askroon
          askroon: "imagine how much better it would be if you could buy direct from the manufacturers..." It would be wonderful, for the consumers at least. I have a feeling if customers got to choose the options packages THEY wanted rather than what the dealer chooses for them, we would find that people were a lot more careful with buying too many extra options and the average price people paid for a car would go down.
      Eby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Terrano would not fly as compared to Duster and with a price difference of 50-75K higher bcoz Duster has 1) Cute, stylish still trendy front design as compared to flat designs in Terrano. 2) Powerful looking front bumper, intellectually chosen design and differently colored as compared to body as oppose to all-in-one frame flat model in Terrano. SUV stands mostly by the bumper to get the feel of SUV. 3) Attractive, practical, curvy side-view will make one to choose Duster as compared to Terrano. 4) Side foot-trail to step-into the car is a 3 piece body for Duster with 3 colors and 3 different materials vs Terrano is 2 pieces of same color. A most common place that gets damaged will cost a lot of money for Terrano as compared to Duster. 5) Although Nissan clearly took lead in Rear view - the bumpy style and again powerful looking bumper with different materials and colors may still take advantage by Duster. 6) Roof rail may face a stability problem on longer run in Terrano because it s a single piece metal attaching to another metal frame vs Duster does the connectivity by a plastic base; which would have better grip in long-run. 7) Zero extra feature more in Terrano however the finishing has slight advantage to Terrano. Now NISSAN should convince why should one buy Terrano vs Duster at more price for the same thing by Oct-2013 which does not give ANY advantage to customers. I had made my pre-booking in Kerala 2 months earlier for Terrano but I may regret upon price!!!
      Martin Leclerc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wouldn't that make a nice replacement for the aging X-Terra??!! Hope it'll look something like this!
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOO what a crap...renault screwing nissan cars once again
      Cyrus Brooks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh I'm not shedding any tears. The market flooded with CUVs. If Nissan gave us a new Silvia/ 180SX/200SX/240SX then I'll be interested.
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