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2021 Nissan Magnite revealed: New sub-Juke SUV set to rival Hyundai Venue, Kia Stonic and MG ZS?

Nissan's new baby SUV could be an ideal rival for the Hyundai Venue, but it is not headed for Australia.

Nissan has revealed its latest small SUV, dubbed Magnite, which will sit below the Juke in its global portfolio.

The Magnite name is said by the brand to be a combination of the words 'magnetic' and 'ignite', and while it may appear to be a direct rival to cars like the Hyundai Venue and soon-to-arrive Kia Stonic in Australia, in reality it is designed primarily with developing markets in mind - think of it as competing with the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Creta and Renault Kwid.

This developing market focus is reflected in the fact that it misses out on key active safety innovations like auto emergency braking (AEB), not to mention comprehensive airbag coverage.

Despite that, the Magnite comes with remarkably high-end features for a product aimed at these markets, including LED lights, push-start ignition, wireless phone charging, a 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 7.0-inch digital dash elements, and a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The Magnite's interior is well appointed for a developing-market car. The Magnite's interior is well appointed for a developing-market car.

On the safety front the Magnite misses out on those expected big-ticket active safety items as mentioned, but it does receive Nissan’s 360-degree parking suite.

The Magnite also wears the brand’s updated styling language and sports unusual-for-the-segment items like rear directional air vents. It also sports a relatively large 336-litre boot capacity.

The Magnite sits in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi global alliance on the CMF A+ platform shared with the Renault Triber (another Indian-market model which is loosely related to the Renaut Kwid small SUV) but is more SUV styled compared to the Triber’s more minivan look.

The Magnite's stylish small SUV look could make it a rival to the Hyundai Venue in international markets. The Magnite's stylish small SUV look could make it a rival to the Hyundai Venue in international markets.

Official figures for the 1.0-litre three-cylinder were not confirmed, but turbocharged versions of the engine produce 74kW/160Nm in other applications. It is mated to a CVT and drives the front wheels only.

In comments to CarsGuide Nissan's Australian representatives confirmed the Magnite has been "developed for and is built for the Indian market" and as such would not be joining the brand's local range.

The Magnite will go on sale in the subcontinent before the end of the year and Nissan was keen to point out that the small SUV was developed entirely in Japan.

The Magnite offers a larger boot than many small SUVs in this class, paticularly the Mazda CX-3. The Magnite offers a larger boot than many small SUVs in this class, paticularly the Mazda CX-3.

Nissan's Australian range should see important updates to its Qashqai small SUV, X-Trail mid-sizer, and potentially even the Pathfinder large SUV as part of a 2021 model blitz.