Nissan Magnite now in ASEAN, could be a Stonic and Venue fighter

Updated Dec 22, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The smallest Nissan crossover has been launched in Indonesia.

On the heels of its successful debut in India, the Nissan Magnite is now making its way to the rest of the world. The Japanese carmaker doesn’t have to look far for the first stop, with the ASEAN region getting the luck of the draw.

Nissan Magnite

The Nissan Magnite has landed in Indonesia as its first stop outside of India

Nissan has just mounted an Indonesian launch, albeit a quiet one, for its smallest subcompact crossover. Slotting below the Juke and the Kicks, the Magnite proved to be very popular in its home market, with Nissan fielding 5,000 orders within five days after launch.

This has resulted in a waiting list of six months for Indian buyers, and that’s just for the Magnite’s base trim. Nissan wants to sustain this momentum, potentially taking aim at the Kia Stonic and the Hyundai Venue in the subcompact crossover segment.

“Daring to be different is in our Nissan DNA. The debut of all-new Nissan Magnite in Indonesia shows our commitment to bringing different and innovative products and technologies to customers in the country,” said PT Nissan Motor Distributor Indonesia President Director Evensius Go.

Nissan Magnite side

Nissan's smallest crossover could challenge the Kia Stonic and the Hyundai Venue

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Designed in Japan, the production Magnite differs very little from the concept version that Nissan unveiled in July, with only very minor details altered. Customers in Indonesia will get to experience the Magnite’s high-riding stance, backed by 205mm of ground clearance, making the model ideal for torrential rains which are common in the region.

Inside, the Magnite sports a cabin that echoes the dynamic lines of its exterior, highlighted by hexagonal air vents, a 7-inch TFT instrument panel, and an 8-inch multimedia touchscreen head unit featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Nissan Magnite interior

The interior is as playful as the exterior

For propulsion, the Indonesian Magnite packs a 1.0L turbocharged inline-3 gasoline engine, similar to the India-spec model. With an output of 100 hp and 160 Nm of torque. Nissan claims that the power plant bests other normally-aspirated engines in its category by yielding up to 50 percent faster acceleration.  

The Magnite might be marketed as an affordable model, but Nissan isn’t cutting corners on safety, with dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and Vehicle Dynamics Control with Hill Start Assist. It even comes with a tire pressure monitoring system.

>>> Related: Nissan Magnite Concept revealed: Designed in Japan, made for India

HRA0 engine

Nissan claims improved acceleration over naturally-aspirated engines with the Magnite's turbocharged mill

How much does it cost? For the Indonesian market, the Magnite starts at IDR 208.8 (around Php 715,000) million for the base Upper MT variant, IDR 226.3 million (around Php 774,800) for the midrange Premium MT, and IDR 238.8 million (around Php 803,000) for the Premium CVT variant. Hopefully those prices would be more or less the same for the Philippine-spec Magnite, if it does arrive at our showrooms.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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