Nissan SA has added a new special-edition Nissan Magnite Red to its already impressive line-up. Here’s what you need to know about the specifications, pricing and blushingly good looks.
The Nissan range in South Africa has two new fresh faces, each featuring a new Red Edition package.
Based on the version of the car that launched in July 2022 in India, where the SA-spec Magnite is produced, it seems that the main exterior changes include red accents on various parts like the grille, front bumper cladding, wheel arches and body side cladding. The front brake callipers are also given a crimson finish while the rear axle has the same drum brakes.
Along the sides of the Nissan Magnite Red Edition are decals (just underneath the windows) that end in big graphics on each C-pillar. At the rear, this variant has extra tailgate decoration, and also comes with “Red Edition” badging for an added spicy twist to the already highly successful model.
Although it’s not confirmed, the exterior paint colours for the Magnite Red Edition in South Africa might be Onyx Black and Storm White (which are currently offered in India). If you purchase this special-edition model, the interior will have a red dashboard with matching red accents on the seat upholstery, door-side armrest and centre console.
The Nissan Magnite Red Edition is based on the Magnite 1.0 Turbo Acenta variant and will feature either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Delivering 74 kW and 160 Nm (manual) and 152 Nm for the CVT, it’s the perfect vehicle for a nippy and efficient driving experience, whether you’re in stop-and-go traffic or cruising down the winding highway for work or pleasure.
Stefan Haasbroek, the marketing director at Nissan Africa said: “With escalating fuel prices in South Africa – and around the world – drivers justifiably want more kilometres for their buck. The Magnite’s three-cylinder engine is as frugal as it is powerful, with an average fuel consumption of only 5.27l/100km on the Manual variant and 6,0 on the CVT models.”
The Nissan Magnite Red Edition also features a long list of driver aids with several intuitive systems and other niceties, including:
Nissan SA confirmed that only 600 units of the limited-edition model would be available for the South African market. It will effectively cost an extra R7 800, with the manual derivative priced at R298,300 and the CVT R325,300. It will be sold with a three-year/30 000km service plan and a six-year/ 150,000km warranty.
With the increasing popularity of the original Nissan Magnite, selling more than 500 units every month and 735 in October, it’s no surprise that they’ve added a limited edition model since this car is a winning recipe all around.
According to Haasbroek: “We wanted to manifest our customers’ passion for adventure and thrill in the design and ignite their passion for driving. We believe the Red Edition will accelerate the already robust demand for the Magnite, with an evolved offering for young, aspirational, and tech-savvy customers.”
Who would have thought the automotive world would so quickly become the diverse playing field it is today? Well, it’s about to get even better with the new Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT. Classed as a CUV or Crossover Utility Vehicle, it combines the features of both an SUV and a hatchback which makes it particularly popular among small families, professionals and weekend adventure seekers. The question many people are asking is whether the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT is a good car. Let’s take a closer look.
Besides the good looks and low price, there is a lot to like about the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT. For starters, the powerful 1.0-litre turbo engine provides up to 50% better acceleration compared to naturally aspirated engines. Some of that can be attributed to the “mirror bore cylinder coating” technology which they’ve borrowed from the tremendously impressive Nissan GT-R.
There is reduced resistance inside the lighter engine which delivers improved heat management and combustion. This means the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT accelerates smoothly while benefitting from more efficient fuel economy. If you’re a family of 4 or 5 and looking for something more exciting than a hatchback but not as big as a conventional SUV, the Nissan Magnite is a great choice for urban driving or the open road.
The superb suspension and chassis setup in the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT is not only good in challenging conditions but also for everyday commutes. It is one of the most comfortable vehicles in the segment. When driving at highway speeds, the car grips the road well with excellent sound insulation for a quiet ride.
Switch to sport mode and you get a slight performance boost but don’t expect it to transform into a GT-R. Then there is the CVT gearbox which has received some bad press across many automakers and models but this one is different; in a good way, of course.
While many CVTs suffer from that annoying rubber band effect, it is not the case with the Nissan Magnite Turbo. It’s so smooth and you’ll hardly notice any turbo lag in the low to mid-range unless you suddenly try to accelerate to overtake another vehicle. It has to be one of the best CVT gearboxes, especially in the budget car segment.
The driving position of the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT can easily be adjusted to allow a commanding view of the road. The 210mm ground clearance is handy and since it is a crossover SUV, you can expect the car to absorb potholes and small bumpers like they were never there.
Despite the lower price tag, the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT lives up to expectations in terms of build quality. Typically, we associate cheaper cars with lower quality but that’s not always the case, especially with the Nissan Magnite. It has D-STEP logic control computer software that uses dynamic inputs such as vehicle speed, accelerator pedal position and application speed to determine the best gear ratio to deliver an exhilarating but economical drive.
There is also ample interior space with excellent legroom and adequate support in both front and rear seats. While spacious, the rear is best suited for two adults and a child as it may be a little cramped for three well-built adults. Storage space is good with a boot capable of carrying 336 litres of luggage, groceries, camping or sporting gear.
Considering the price of the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT, you wouldn’t expect to see many technologies and safety features but it certainly does. Among the list are the following:
In closing, the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT offers incredible value for money and undercuts almost all of its competitors from a pricing standpoint. It has all the necessary convenience and safety features along with attractive styling, impressive performance and a smooth driving experience. Overall, the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT checks almost all the boxes and is a firm favourite for many.
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