Nissan in India has completed 10 years in the country. To mark the occasion, Nissan organized an experiential event – Nissan Carnival – at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. Besides showcasing its Indian range of vehicles, Nissan also used this platform to preview the company’s biggest SUV, the Patrol, and the all-electric Leaf hatchback in India.
Starting from March 20, the Nissan Carnival ran for 4 days and came to a successful conclusion on March 23. In the event, select customers, auto enthusiasts and various stakeholders associated with the brand were allowed to have a hands-on driving experience of Nissan’s entire range of cars available in India, namely, the Micra, Sunny, Evalia and the Terrano. However, the main highlight of the event were of course the Nissan Patrol and Leaf. Both the cars were brought in to the country all the way from Dubai only for the ‘Carnival’.
The drive event was divided into 4 zones including a beaten off-road trail, purpose-built for the Patrol and Terrano. Turn by turn, participants were allowed to have a go on each of the aforementioned vehicles present at the venue.
The Nissan Patrol is the company’s flagship off-road vehicle. The Patrol first went on sale in 1951, and is currently in its sixth-generation. The current-gen Nissan Patrol is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine that churns out over 406PS of maximum power and 560Nm of peak-torque. Power is transferred to all four wheels.
The Nissan Patrol is available in both automatic and manual transmission versions. The one that was showcased in India was the automatic version of the vehicle. During the event, we were given the opportunity to drive the Patrol over steep gravel inclines, ruts, unpaved surfaces and what not! It has to be commended that the Patrol never lost its composure throughout the course of the track. Despite its massive dimensions, the Patrol felt as light and as agile around the off-road track as a Micra would feel in a street.
Alongside the gaz-guzzler, Nissan showcased its all-electric, zero emission producing Leaf hatchback. Touted as the world’s best-selling electric car, Nissan has sold over 160,000 units of this environment-friendly hatchback across the world. The Leaf, in Nissan’s terminology stands for Leading, Environment-friendly, Affordable, Family vehicle. Powered by a 80kW AC electric motor, the Leaf delivers a peak-torque of 254Nm from the get go. Since we got a chance to drive the Leaf ,too, we can confirm the performance is brisk and ‘electrifying’ over short acceleration bursts.
The Nissan Leaf has a claimed range of 135km on full charge in urban cycle. It can be fully recharged using the mains supply in about 8 hours. The Leaf is available with features like ABS, EBD, six airbags, vehicle dynamic control and traction control system.
Speaking on the occasion, Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India said, “Nissan stands for innovation and excitement – this isn’t just a slogan but our promise to all our customers everywhere. At the Carnival we want everyone to experience this first-hand through revolutionary products like Leaf and the technological innovation that we are known for around the world.
“The event also marks and celebrates our arrival in India a decade ago. Within this relatively short period Nissan has become one of the fastest growing automobile manufacturers in the country with a strong portfolio of seven locally manufactured products across seven different market segments. The Nissan Carnival highlights our growing presence within the market and underlines our long-term commitment to India”, he added.
While Nissan showcased the Patrol and Leaf in India, it is highly unlikely that either of these models will make it to India. Considering both of these cars will only be sold as completely built-up units (CBU) here, they will inevitably attract exorbitant custom duties. This means, if launched, the pricing for the Patrol will hover around 1 crore rupee mark whereas the Leaf will be priced at Rs 45 lakh approximately.
Given the fact that the Patrol is only available with a petrol motor, it is only going to deter customers further away from the vehicle. As for the Leaf, the infrastructure for all-electric motoring is sadly not even in a nascent stage in our country, let alone being developed.
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