Nissan Terrano II

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Nissan Terrano II
1994 Nissan Terrano II SLX 2.4 Front.jpg
Pre facelift Nissan Terrano II
Also calledNissan Mistral
Nissan Terrano
Ford Maverick
AssemblySpain: Barcelona (Nissan Motor Ibérica)
DesignerErcole Spada at I.DE.A Institute
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV
Body style3-door wagon
5-door wagon
LayoutFront engine, four-wheel drive
RelatedNissan Terrano WD21
Engine2.4 L KA24S
2.7 L TD27Ti/TD27ETi
3.0 L ZD30DDTi
Wheelbase3-door: 2,450 mm (96 in)
5-door: 2,650 mm (104 in)
Length3-door, 2000–2007: 4,215–4,250 mm (166–167 in)[1]
5-door, 2000–2007: 4,695–4,730 mm (185–186 in)[1]
3-door, 1993–2000: 4,105–4,185 mm (162–165 in)[1]
5-door, 1993–2000: 4,585–4,665 mm (181–184 in)[1]
Width1,755 mm (69 in)
Height1,805 mm (71 in)
Curb weight1,760–1,920 kg (3,880–4,233 lb)
SuccessorFor Nissan Terrano II/Mistral:
Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Pathfinder (USA)
Nissan X-Trail
Nissan Rogue (USA)

For Ford Maverick:
Ford Escape

The Nissan Terrano II (known as the Nissan Mistral in Japan) is a Compact SUV manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan from 1993 to 2006. It was also made by Nissan's Spanish subsidiary Nissan Motor Ibérica S.A. for the European market, where it was marketed as Nissan Terrano II, and also supplied under an OEM agreement to Ford Europe for sale as the Ford Maverick on the continent and in the United Kingdom.


First launched in 1993 and discontinued only in 2006, the model enjoyed long market life in just one generation, with its basic form unchanged, albeit having been significantly updated throughout its lifetime. Nissan's internal designation for this model was R20. It was exported to Japan, where it was called the Mistral, and exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealership network called Nissan Satio Store .

Rear (Pre facelift)
Nissan Mistral LWB (Japan)
Nissan Mistral SWB (Japan)
Ford Maverick

The R20 was based on the WD21 Nissan Terrano platform, and came in two body styles differing in wheelbase – a shorter three door and longer five door model. For the market in Britain chiefly, a panel van version of the three door was also made.

The vehicle's body, tall compared to most competitors and providing for high ground clearance, was designed by the Italian I.DE.A Institute.

Production of the R20 started in Spain in February 1993 and the Terrano II went on sale in Europe in May that year. The Mistral was launched in Japan in June 1994, at first available in the five door version only, the three door Mistral joined in 1995.

In 1996, the car was facelifted, gaining round headlights. In Australia, the Terrano II arrived late to the market, going on sale in April 1997. It was available only with a manual transmission; the lack of an automatic option limited its sales potential in that market.

In the beginning of 1999, both the JDM Mistral model and the Ford Maverick were phased out, while the remaining Terrano II was facelifted again, gaining a new front fascia more in line with contemporary Nissans, as well as an updated interior.

In 2002, yet another facelift took place, giving the model the steering wheel from the Nissan Primera P12. Presented in March, at the 72nd Geneva Motor Show, the model was hence marketed as simply "Nissan Terrano" in Europe, the previous Terrano being marketed as Pathfinder.

The R20 was sold in Europe until 2006, when production in Spain ceased. It was replaced indirectly by three different models; the Nissan X-Trail, which had been sold alongside it since 2001, the Nissan Pathfinder and the United Kingdom built Qashqai.

While the Terrano II had two or five doors and a body-on-frame platform, the Qashqai has five doors and a unibody platform.


The Mistral had 2.4 petrol KA24E and 2.7 TD turbodiesels at its launch in 1993; from 1996 the petrol engine became injected and the diesel intercooled, with 2.4i and 2.7 TDi replacing the previous models.

From 1999 until 2006, a 3.0 TDi DOHC, direct injected, turbodiesel intercooled engine was produced, using a version of the Nissan ZD engine, the ZD30DDTi, that also mounts the bigger and heavier Nissan Patrol. In the Mistral/Terrano, the 3.0 TDi engine provides much more power and fuel efficiency than the 2.7 TD engines.