Nissan's new SA-bound Magnite engine line-up announced

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Nissan Magnite
Nissan Magnite

• The new Nissan Magnite will be available from early 2021, the Japanese carmaker announced. 

• Two transmission options include a five-speed manual and continuously variable transmission (CVT).

• Only one motor is available, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 74kW and 160Nm.

Nissan confirmed its Magnite compact crossover will be powered by a 998cc engine with turbocharging to produce 74kW and 160Nm. Gearbox options include a five-speed manual and an X-Tronic CVT.

Other notable features include cruise control and wider gear range courtesy of its D-step logic control computer software uses dynamic inputs like vehicle speed, accelerator pedal position and application speed to determine the ideal gear ratio.

Nissan Magnite
Nissan Magnite

"Nissan is pleased to welcome the new Nissan Magnite to South and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2021. The powerful HRA0 1.0, turbo engine will offer robust performance which we are excited for our consumers to enjoy. To reiterate our commitment to BCross/SUVs, we are taking a bold step to truly establish our presence as leaders in relentless innovation, advanced technology and true customer experiences," said Kabelo Rabotho, Country Director, Nissan South Africa.

Nissan Magnite
Nissan Magnite


Exterior Dimensions

Length (mm) 3994

Width (mm) 1758

Height (mm) 1572

Wheelbase (mm) 2500

Ground Clearance (mm) 210#

Boot Space (L) 336

Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 40


Engine type - 1.0L Turbo Petrol

Displacement (cc) 999

Bore x Stroke (mm) 72.2 x 81.3

Max Power (kW@rpm) 74 @ 5000

Max Torque (Nm@rpm) 160 @ 2800-3600 / 152 @ 2200-4400

Transmission 5MT
Transmission CVT

Brakes - Front - Disc

Rear - Drum


Front - Mac Pherson strut with Lower Transverse link

Rear - Twin tube telescopic shock absorber

Stabilizer bar - FR : Solid Stab Bar with Grip Bush

Shock absorbers - Double Acting


Nissan says the HRA0 1.0-litre turbo engine provides up to 50% better acceleration compared to naturally aspirated engines, especially in take-off and overtaking situations.

Nissan Magnite
Nissan Magnite

Rabotho commented: "The B-Cross/SUV signifies another milestone in our Nissan Next phase catering to an eclectic and highly enjoyable driving experience, while reducing emissions and offering great mileage – a compelling combination that every car owner can appreciate."

Cleaner engine

The HRA0 1.0-turbo engine's elastic accessory belt is made of a special material allowing it to run without a tensioner, reducing weight and friction, further improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. The compactly designed cylinder head, which features an integrated exhaust manifold and plastic cover, provides improved engine packaging and reduces the number of ducts for better and faster catalyst warming, resulting in cleaner emissions.

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