Ahead of an official launch in China, Nissan has revealed the first few photos of its new Terra – a body-on-frame, seven-seat SUV based on the Navara. The model will be the first vehicle from Nissan’s frame and light commercial vehicle (LCV) division to launch under the company’s six-year midterm plan, ‘Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022’.

Visually, the SUV is identical to all the leaked images we’ve uncovered in the past, both inside and out. In the case of the former, the Terra is differentiated from the Navara by its bumper, with the lower section angled inwards to “frame” the lower intake. Sharper headlights (with DRLs) also flank the more pronounced V-motion grille, which features four slats within it.

Nissan didn’t provide a three-quarter rear shot of the Terra, merely giving us a close-up of one side of its taillights. We already know the entire section beyond the front doors are new, including larger rear doors, additional side windows and forming a naturally wavy beltline.

The tailgate is as per what we’ve seen before too, and appears to replicate the V-motion look around the number plate area. Angular taillights are also part of the setup, linked by a thick chrome bar beneath the Nissan logo.

The Terra is set to go on sale in China this spring before being introduced in other Asian markets, and further information, including the powertrain offerings, will only be available in April. This late entry by Nissan will look to compete against the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner in the body-on-frame SUV segment.

The carmaker says one in every six Nissan vehicles sold globally is a frame-based vehicle or an LCV, and it is looking to target this potential with its division. The goal is to increase sales by more than 40% by 2022, and to become a global leader in pick-ups and frame-based SUVs.

GALLERY: Nissan Terra leaks and spyshots