The new Nissan Terra facelift is now in Thailand. The seven-seater SUV is based on the underpinnings of the Nissan Navara D23 pick-up, which used to share common items such as the dashboard.

However, in order to project a more SUV image and family-oriented image, the facelifted new Nissan Terra gains a different interior design compared to the outgoing model. On the outside, new quad LED headlamps are not just pretty to look at, but also increase the brightness to the road ahead by 34%.

Similar to the facelifted Nissan Navara pick-up, the radiator grille has been enlarged, with the bumper sculptured to have a more imposing look. A metallic-looking bumper protector completes the new look in front.

Nissan has redesigned the rear, from the roof spoiler down to its lower bumper, with strong chrome and silver highlights adding a hint of a higher image. New dual-tone 18-inch wheels with six spokes complete the facelifted outlook.

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Inside, Nissan has redesigned the dashboard for both better aesthetics as well as usability. The driver’s instrument display has been updated to a colour display unit measuring seven inches, similar to the unit in the facelifted new Nissan Navara.

Nestled in the new dashboard with a coloured soft-touch panel is a new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Apart from wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, the system also supports NissanConnect telematics services. The range-topping variant meanwhile is fitted with an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system complete with an amplifier.

Rear passengers meanwhile have their own source of video entertainment from a ceiling-mounted 11-inch screen with HDMI or Smart TV connectivity. Every row in the new facelifted Terra also comes with a smartphone charger, with a total of five USB ports (Type A and C) located at the front and centre consoles, as well as at the third row. A wireless charging pad (15 Watts) is neatly placed under the air-conditioning control panel.

In the Nissan Terra, entering the third row requires less workout of the arms, as the driver has a switch to remotely tumble the second-row seats. Apart from redesigned seats for better comfort, the Nissan Terra is also the only SUV fitted with noise-cancelling acoustic glass on the front windshield plus the side windows for a quieter cabin ambience.

Available in three variants, only one engine and transmission powertrain is offered in the facelifted Nissan Terra. Carried-over unchanged is the 2.3-litre YS23DDTT turbodiesel engine with outputs of 190 hp and 450 Nm. The engine, that is compatible with biodiesel fuel of up to B20 blend, is paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Default engine drive is to the rear wheels, but for those who prefer 4×4 traction with shift-on-the-fly convenience, the Nissan Terra flagship VL variant has this feature.  

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In terms of safety features, the new facelifted Nissan Terra gets the Intelligent Rearview Mirror which is a first-in-the-class feature. The digital mirror displays live feed from a high-mounted camera in the rear windshield to project an unobstructed rearview. Fitment of this digital rearview mirror will also score big points under “advance rear visualisation” in the latest 2021 ASEAN NCAP Protocol that includes motorcyclist safety.

Standard advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in the facelifted Nissan Terra are the autonomous emergency braking system and lane departure warning. Higher grade variants include Around View Monitor (AVM) four-camera system, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and the Intelligent Rearview Mirror.

The facelifted new Nissan Terra starts from THB1,199,000 (over RM150k) for the E 2WD variant, THB1,449,000 (approx RM184k) for the VL 2WD variant and an additional THB50,000 (approx RM6.4k) for the VL 4WD variant.

The prices are lower than the king of pick-up based SUVs in the ASEAN region, which is the Toyota Fortuner that has its prices start from THB1,349,000 up to over THB1,800,000.

Isuzu, which is enjoying great success globally this year thanks to the all-new D-Max model, has the pricing of the MU-X SUV close to the new Nissan Terra, starting from THB1,109,000 for the 2WD 1.9 Active variant.