Nissan’s Ambitious Plan: 6 New Cars Set to Debut in India by 2026
Nissan, a stalwart in the Indian automotive market, has faced challenges in recent times. Once renowned for models like Sunny, Micra, and Terrano, the Japanese automaker struggled to adapt to evolving emission standards, resulting in the discontinuation of several diesel-powered vehicles. While the Magnite showed promise upon its late 2021 launch, it faced stiff competition in the subcompact SUV segment. The discontinuation of the Datsun brand further marked a transition for Nissan.
A Roadmap to Recovery:
In a bid to revitalize its presence in India, Nissan, in partnership with Renault, unveiled a comprehensive strategy in October of the previous year, backed by an investment of Rs 5,300 crore. As part of this revitalization, Nissan is poised to introduce six new models to the Indian market by 2025-26.
The Pioneering X-Trail:
Leading this lineup of new releases is the 4th-gen X-Trail, showcased alongside Juke and Qashqai last October. Anticipated to be imported through the CBU route, it is set to compete with premium mid-size SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Expanding the Portfolio:
In addition to the X-Trail, Nissan has plans to introduce five more models, encompassing both internal combustion engines (ICE) and electric vehicles (EV). The highly competitive compact SUV segment, which includes contenders like Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Grand Vitara, and Honda Elevate, is an area Nissan aims to target. The Juke is likely to be introduced to contend with these established models.
Global EV Entry:
One of the significant additions to the lineup is a global EV, expected to be the Ariya electric crossover. Boasting an impressive range of 580-610 km, depending on the battery size, it signifies Nissan’s commitment to sustainable mobility.
Sub-4 Metre Innovations:
Nissan is set to launch three new models in the sub-4 metre category. These may comprise a compact SUV, a compact 7-seater MPV—potentially based on the Renault Triber—and an entry-level electric car.
Nissan’s strategic expansion and diverse lineup indicate a concerted effort to regain prominence in the Indian automotive landscape. As these new models roll out, it will be fascinating to witness how they shape the brand’s trajectory in the country.