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Last month, it was reported that Nissan was set to revive the Terrano name with a SUV for the Indian market, and that the low-cost offering was to be a rebadged Renault (or Dacia, if you will) Duster.

Confirmation of this has come about, with sales of the new SUV – which will be built at the Renault Nissan joint plant in Chennai – set to begin later this year, the Nikkei reports. The upcoming vehicle is also teased via a microsite, with a new hint on how the rear could shape up.

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The current Nissan lineup in India consists of six models, with the X-Trail – brought in from Japan – being one of these. The automaker’s decision to add a locally-assembled model is to tap on the growing popularity of SUVs with a competitive, low-cost solution.

In related news, the Nikkei adds that Nissan is set to unveil plans later today to release a low-cost hatchback next year in India, badged under the Datsun brand and priced below 400,000 rupees (RM21,210). Set to be built in Chennai, it will apparently take the Nissan March/Micra as its base and borrow its 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine.