Nissan has recently launched the Magnite compact crossover has been confirmed to reach our shores in early 2021.
The Magnite was unveiled to a global audience via a virtual event in October 2020 and we’re impressed that it’ll be coming to South Africa so soon after its global debut. This small SUV is set to feature technology from the Nissan Intelligent Mobility package that we’ve seen in the recently updated Nissan Patrol. Designed in Japan to be a technologically innovative product, the Magnite boasts some first-in-class and features.
A first in the compact crossover segment, the Magnite is equipped with Nissan’s top support technologies “Around View Monitor” (AVM), providing the driver with a virtual bird’s eye view of the vehicle. The visuals are displayed via an 8-inch infotainment screen. We can expect wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, these wireless systems are a very welcome addition. The Nissan Connect app will be available too, it offers over 50 features including geofence, roadside assistance and smartwatch connectivity. Clever stuff for a compact car, we often only see this sort of technology on much larger vehicles.
The Magnite is also equipped with safety features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) this is essentially a form of stability control, Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and speed sensing door locks (most Japanese cars do not offer this). Interestingly on two airbags are fitted to the vehicle.
Powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine codenamed the HTAo the Magnite will be available with either 5-speed manual or and automatic CVT transmission. The all-new engine adopts a “mirror bore cylinder coating” the Nissan GT-R. This coating is said to reduce resistance inside the engine to deliver smooth acceleration and light fuel economy. We’re looking forward to this promising SUV coming to Mzansi.
Watch the full global reveal video below: