Is it just me, or do cars just keep getting bigger? No, I don’t mean that Hyundai Eons are suddenly challenging vertical-clearance bars in parking lots. What I mean is that the market is constantly seeing new bang-for-buck options that offer more room and oomph than your average sedan.
Speaking of the sedan, we’ve noted in a past story that they’re slowly but surely waning in popularity. In fact, Ford is killing off its entire sedan lineup in the US. The body type’s dwindling relevance is thanks in no small part to the rise of crossovers. Why buy a sedan when, for just a bit more money, you can get more interior space and SUV-like ground clearance?
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then,
And given how Japanese-car-crazy we are, two titans from the Land of the Rising Sun have ruled over the kingdom over the last decade or more. On one end of the battlefield stands the Toyota Fortuner, backed by the brand’s unwavering reliability and loyal fan base. On the other is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, a vehicle so revered that no amount of sudden intended accusations have managed to dent its popularity.
There are other rulers in the land, sure. The Isuzu MU-X is no slouch and has its own loyal clans in certain parts. The Ford Everest, too, retains its share of the fiefdom. It’s no wonder, then, that Nissan rounded up its troops last year in an attempt to bring anarchy to the established order. Enter the Terra.
Make no mistake, Nissan is serious about its mission. We need not look further than last year’s regional launch held right here in Clark, Pampanga. Usually, a new vehicle entering our region for the first time gets a big launch in a neighboring market like Thailand or Singapore, before making its local debut a few months later. The former are the big, significant markets, according to the powers that be. But this time, Nissan deemed our market as the ideal launch pad (ha...) for its new SUV.