If you’ve been curious about Nissan’s compact Magnite SUV, it’s just got longer to wait to see the final product. Autocar India has learned that the Magnite will not launch as originally planned in August 2020 but will only go on sale around January 2021.
Sources in the know tell us that the COVID-19-linked lockdown meant Nissan missed its manufacturing window at Oragadam, Tamil Nadu’s Renault-Nissan Alliance factory. And moving Nissan’s production schedule to make up for the lost days wasn’t an option. In doing so, the roll-out program for Renault’s own compact SUV, the Kiger, which will be manufactured at the same facility and is expected to go on sale about October this year will have been disrupted. Renault ‘s management, not wanting to miss the demand for the festive season, is understood to have been firm in maintaining the original launch plan for the Kiger.
Insiders also tell us that within some quarters at Nissan there is a feeling that the best move would not be to launch the Magnite at a time when buyer sentiment is low. To the Japanese carmaker in India the Magnite is a make-or – break product and it literally can not afford to get it incorrect. The revised Kicks would be the only Nissan-badged car on sale in India before such time as the Magnite makes it to showrooms.