Here’s a very clear look at the new Nissan Terra. Said to be spotted in China, the SUV previously rumoured to be named Xterra seems to have dropped the ‘X’ in the name, which was used before for SUVs based on the Frontier. The Frontier is now the NP300 Navara, and the SUV you see here is based on Nissan’s one-tonne pick-up truck.

The Navara’s naturally wavy beltline makes for an SUV that’s not slab-sided, and the Terra looks quite “natural” for a truck-based seven-seater SUV. That’s also helped by the shape of the daylight opening, which doesn’t have any abrupt kinks.

The top half of the face features a large V-motion grille and headlamps that are shapelier than in the Navara. That ties the Terra in with Nissan’s other SUVs, and should be enough for one to tell it apart from the truck. At the back, the Terra gets a straightforward design – you probably would not have guessed that it was a Nissan sans badges.

According to some, the Terra will make its debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April next year. This is a very belated entry by Nissan into a segment that has the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner. What do you think of the Terra’s design next to those three?