Affordable & High-Tech Nissan Magnite Compact SUV Launched In Kenya
Earlier today, Crown Motors Group, the official distributor of the Nissan brand launched the Nissan Magnite in Kenya. The Nissan Magnite is a compact SUV that is not only a brand new model but also features a host of high-tech features and functionalities that seem to come at what seems to be a highly affordable starting price.
The Nissan Magnite comes in two models at launch being the Acenta CVT which retails at Kes. 2.7M only
and the higher-end Acenta Plus CVT which is available at Kes. 3.025M. These prices are inclusive of all taxes and include Nissan’s free 2-Year 50,000 KM service plan as well as a 3-Year 100,000 KM manufacturer’s warranty.
The engine is a relatively small 1-liter engine but it’s also turbocharged meaning that it generates around 74 kw or 100 horsepower in what is a comparatively small car. This enables the Nissan Magnite to have incredible fuel efficiency with an estimated 17 KM per liter.
The front-end of the Nisan Magnite looks quite aggressive and I think it looks a little reminiscent of the latest Toyota RAV4 in some ways. That being said, it certainly has a shark-like look that gives it a masculine demeanor as does its massive front grill and sleek fog lights that certainly stand out! The overall styling has lots of curvy and bulging lines that make it look quite distinctive.
The Nissan Magnite has an all-LED front light package that includes noticeable L-shaped daytime running lights that sit below its stylish slim LED headlamps. It also comes with attractive 16-inch allow rims which help give it lots of ground clearance when you need it most when traversing some of Kenya’s more adventurous roads and terrain.
From a technology perspective, the Nissan Magnite is loaded with the following features:
- 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 7-inch thin-film-transistor instrument screen
- Wireless Phone Charging
- Cruise Control
- Reverse Camera
- Rear Parking Sensor
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Smart Keyless Entry
- Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
- Hydraulic Brake Assist
- Vehicle Dynamic Control
- Traction Control System
- Hill Start Assist
- Speed Sensing Doorlock
I’m looking forward to taking the Nissan Magnite for a full test drive in a week or so so stay tuned for that!
The compact SUV sub-segment is definitely a super interesting proposition for our market. The launch was a bit odd though… a pre-recorded Youtube gig.. .maybe due to cost and covid. Overall, I was looking forward to having the manual shift option available as well but we’re only getting the CVT. It’s a good move which I hope is matched by Toyota with their Yaris Cross and Kia with the Sonet – and then the game will really be on!