The Nissan Terra has gone on sale in China, with the ladder-frame SUV set to be introduced to other select markets in Asia later this year. For the Chinese market, the Terra will be sold by Dongfeng Nissan and Zhengzhou Nissan.

“The Nissan Terra builds on our strong SUV heritage while incorporating the needs of the Asian customer and the performance of our refined frame vehicles. The Terra is a descendant of the Nissan Patrol, our tough off-road icon originally designed for police and military use,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan’s Light Commercial Vehicle Business.

Built on a ladder-frame chassis, the Terra measures 4,882 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,835 mm tall and with a 2,850 mm wheelbase. Nissan also claims best-in-class ground clearance of 225 mm as well as a 32° approach angle and 27° departure angle.

The Terra sold in China will be offered as a five-seater, which differs from initial suggestions saying the SUV will come with seven seats spread across three rows. It is likely that other markets could receive a seven-seat version, but nothing is confirmed for now.

Under the bonnet, the Terra is powered by a QR25 2.5 litre petrol engine with 181 hp and 251 Nm of torque. The engine can be paired with either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, directing drive to the rear or all four wheels. Off-roading is something the Terra is capable of, with functions like a rear differential lock (four-wheel drive variants), Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist there to provide support.

In terms of equipment, the Terra can be had with 18-inch wheels shod with 225/60 profile tyres, sunroof, halogen or LED headlamps, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, a five-inch instrument cluster display, seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, up to six speakers, dual-zone climate control, Zero Gravity seats and leather upholstery.

Safety-wise, there’s seven airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Nissan Safety Shield, which includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Intelligent Emergency Braking.

For China, the Terra is offered with a choice of six colours – Gold Metallic, White Pearl, Brown Pearl Metallic, Silver Metallic, Black Solid and Red Solid. Six variants will be offered, with prices starting at 169,800 yuan (RM104,887) up to 245,800 yuan (RM151,833).