After making an appearance at the recent Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), the Nissan Terra has now been launched in Thailand, making the Land of Smiles the third market to receive the ladder-frame SUV after Indonesia and the Philippines.

Open for booking from today, the Terra is a seven-seater offering based on the NP300 Navara pick-up truck, something that is evident from the carryover interior and similar exterior styling. It’s a late entry to the one-tonne truck-based SUV market already teeming with competitors such as the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X.

Instead of the QR25 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine available in China or the old YD25 2.5 litre turbodiesel offered in the Philippines and Indonesia, Thai buyers get the latest Renault-derived 2.3 litre twin-turbocharged diesel mill pushing out 190 PS at 3,750 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. All models get the Navara’s seven-speed automatic transmission.

The Terra is available in V 2WD, VL 2WD and VL 4WD variants, and they are all reasonably well equipped. Standard equipment includes automatic LED headlights and daytime running lights, fog lights, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone auto climate control with rear blower control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a one-touch auto tumble function for the second-row seats.

There’s more, including a limited-slip differential, an acoustic glass windscreen, leather upholstery, a five-inch multi-info display, a Kenwood 2-DIN navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a reverse camera and a digital rear-view mirror that Nissan says is a first for the segment.

Safety-wise, all models get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second-row seats. The VL models add a 360-degree camera with Moving Object Detection (MOD), lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

Pricing for the Terra is listed at 1,316,000 baht (RM162,500) for the V 2WD, 1,349,000 baht (RM166,600) for the VL 2WD and 1,427,000 baht (RM176,200) for the VL 4WD.

GALLERY: Nissan Terra at GIIAS 2018