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The new Nissan Terra boasts a bolder presence and a much more premium interior


Here it is, the new Nissan Terra. The refreshed midsize SUV has just been unveiled in the Middle East as the X-Terra, and frankly, this is about as substantial as refreshes come.

If you look at this vehicle from either the front or back, you’d hardly be able to tell that this is just an update of the midsize SUV our market is already familiar with. The changes to the face are drastic: there’s a much bolder-looking V-Motion grille, a more sculpted front bumper with rugged foglight housings, and a pair of new-look four-projector headlights akin to the ones found on the all-new Navara.

Towards the rear, you’ll find more angular-looking taillights, and a rearranged trim and badge. Like the front, the lower end of the tail is more sculpted now, too. The angle where the pre-refresh version rears its head is along the side, where you’ll find the same shoulders and wheel arches and a familiar roofline. If we had to nitpick, we think the available wheel designs are a bit too aggressive for our taste.

As different as the exterior looks, the star of this update is what’s inside. Nissan has heard our prayers and overhauled the Terra’s cabin, giving it a much more premium vibe more fitting of a midsize SUV. The best part? The interior has its own identity now as it’s no longer a clone of what you’d find in the Navara.

The dashboard looks all-new and features sleek A/C vents and a minimalist overall layout. In the center, you’ll find a large 11-inch Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (which you can set up with an eight-speaker Bose sound system), as well as simple A/C controls with tactile dials and buttons.

Like the Navara, the Terra gets a new three-spoke steering wheel, too, and it appears there’s a better combination of nice plastic and soft-touch material scattered throughout. We’re also very happy to report that the vehicle now comes with both USB-C and USB-A chargers for the front and rear. Advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility driver-assist and safety features are also available.

In the Middle East, this SUV will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 165hp and 245Nm of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It’s available in either 2WD or 4WD and can come with go-anywhere features like an off-road meter for the instrument panel, electronic rear-locking differential, and an off-road around-view monitor.

There’s no indication yet as to whether or not we’ll get this here in the Philippines. Thailand, in fact, just received a minor update prior to this reveal. If we go the same route as our neighbor, would you settle for that, or would you rather wait for a more substantial upgrade like this one? Chime in.