Well, first of all, to be honest, I’m not a big fan of sport utility vehicles in the first place. I’m more of speed and versatility — so a sleek-looking sedan or a nifty crossover would rather be my bet; or ruggedness and reliability — like that of pickup trucks. But space and heft? They’re really not my thing. I just hate the fact that you have to stress over height and parking spaces for a vehicle that moves like Brutus in Popeye the Sailorman.
However — recently — there’s this SUV that in a way somehow changes those biases. I don’t know. One day the new Nissan Terra VL 4×2 variant landed on my lap and it just opened my eyes for the possibility of these hefty vehicles to have the running capability of Speedy Gonzales. Kidding aside. But, hey — seriously — this new Nissan Terra seems to have absorbed the handling prowess of its pickup brother Navara, touted as the best-handling pickup truck in the local market.
But before we go to its actual performance, let’s first start with its looks.
This aesthetically upgraded version now carries the brand’s “unbreakable design language,” meaning on paper it looks tougher, meaner and more modern than ever before. Thanks to its new V-motion grille with redesigned front bumper, unique C-shaped LED signature and quad LED projector headlamps. On its rear, it sports new tail lamps, wide LED signatures, redesigned rear bumper, updated spoiler design and sharkfin antenna.
It even dons new 18-inch two-tone alloys with the quick steering gear ratio.
Inside, it prides itself with nasty Black and Burgundy Red-colored two-tone interiors that highlight its even niftier-looking dashboard and instrument panel. Not to mention a fresher take on its center console design with integrated wireless charging and e-Parking brake. Plus, a new seven-inch advanced drive assist display treats the driver to a whole level of driving experience. Speaking of driving experience, it now sports a new D-shaped steering wheel design — which, well, you might first think that it’s just all for show. But — surprisingly — there’s this thing called: “Quick steering gear ratio with minimum turning radius.” Duh.
Entertainment-wise, its nine-inch advanced touchscreen display audio with Android Auto Wireless Apple Carplay grabs one’s attention to the front and center. It even has an 11-inch flip-down rear monitor if you have kids who want to watch episodes of Barney while you stroll.
What’s even better with the Nissan Terra now are its loads of tech features which its predecessors can unabatingly drool over. Particularly, it sports the following: intelligent forward collision warning, intelligent emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, while carrying over the lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and intelligent rear view mirror features from the previous model. It also comes with the segment-first intelligent driver alertness which senses cues from the driver and gives alerts when braking is needed.
Moreover; its Nissan Intelligent Mobility also features its 360 Safety Shield, a 360-degree safety system which helps protect both the driver and passengers from potential risks approaching the vehicle.
Meanwhile, powering this brute is a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine that churns out 187hp and 450 N-m of torque. It’s not much actually. I guess its suspension really plays a big role in making it more versatile. But — to cut the story short — I believe with all the right concoction of comfort, technology and premium feel, giving one superb driving confidence — not to mention combine it with the brand’s long 70-year SUV heritage, taking this on any, if not all terrain is such a cinch.