Amid the recent confusion surrounding the Nissan Terra, the Japanese automaker’s local arm has officially confirmed that the Navara-backed seven-seater will no longer be offered to the masses.
At first scheduled for submission in 2020 after being restored in the same yearOnly to be postponed until 2021, Terra’s surprise price appearance on the vehicle information website, duoporta.com, in March took an unexpected turn days later when it suddenly disappeared altogether.
Furthermore, no information had appeared on the Nissan South Africa website. According to IOL motoring who first reported on the matter, Earth offered a choice of three trim levels; XE, SE and LE, all with the 140 kW / 450 Nm 2.5-liter DDTI turbodiesel engine used in the Navara.
Except for the XE, which came with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, all other derivatives sported the seven-speed automatic that was present as an option on the entry-level model.
Selectable all-wheel drive was standard on the SE and LE with only the automatic XE having the option of the all-legged grip system.
Clearing the confusion, said Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan South Africa Marketing Manager The citizen Earlier this week, while the initial batch of 148 models was withdrawn in quick succession and will continue to be supported under warranty, the decision was made not to proceed with the launch of a full-scale model.
“Eventually we made a request to prioritize local manufacturing in terms of semiconductor allocation. For us, local Navara production is at the heart of our strategy and in times like these, you have to give up something to protect something else, ”said Haasbroek.
Confirming that local production at the Rosslyn plant had indeed been investigated, Haasbroek said that the eventual focus on Navara, which is also exported to sub-Saharan markets, led to the conclusion that it did not move forward with Terra.
“Right now, our focus is Navara. We want to allocate our production capacity and build as many Navaras as possible until the market is saturated. When we step into that scenario, only then will we look to other models.
“[Of course]we will continue to build NP200, but only when we reach a point where the market stabilizes and we have higher capacity, we will definitely consider Terra, but this is a future study, ”concluded Haasbroek.