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Nissan unveils new premium SUV Terrano

Japanese auto maker Nissan Tuesday showcased the new Terrano premium compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) all set to go on sale in October across the country.

Refusing to give any details on pricing, the company said that the starting price tag for the car would be below Rs.10 lakh and that the bookings will commence Sep 1.

"Terrano marks our entry into the compact SUV segment, which is one of the fastest growing segments in the Indian market today," Kenichiro Yomura, president, Nissan India Operations, said.

"It has been developed specifically for the Indian market and will play a key role in boosting our sales volume in India, marking the company's entry into the expanding compact SUV segment," he added.

Terrano will be the fourth vehicle to be produced locally in Nissan's Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu alongside Micra, Sunny and Evalia.

According to Nissan, the Terrano follows the same design language as other renowned SUV's from the its stable like the Pathfinder and Patrol.

"We are confident that Terrano will appeal both to existing real SUV lovers and consumers looking to graduate to SUVs," said Yomura.

Nissan has an alliance with French auto major Renault and has based the Terrano on its popular Duster SUV which was launched in India in July 2012 and has been a runaway hit.

However, the Terrano has a distinct front grille, rear tail lamps and premium interiors as compared to the Duster.

The Terrano would lock horns with SUV's like the Ford EcoSport, Mahindra Quanto and Scorpio and Duster.