In 2009 the old Tatra Terrno 1 benefitted from a small facelift, as it received improved aerodynamics and a host of technical upgrades.

The Terrno 1 features a cab over engine configuration and is offered with a choice of 4x4, 6x4, 6x6 and 8x8 drives. Due to its versatile character, the medium duty truck can be used for various applications on any terrains as its King Frame combined suspension (mechanical leaf or coil springs and high-pressure air bellows) gives it capable off road abilities.

  • 2009 Tatra Terrno 1 Facelift
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    435 @ 1800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1549 @ 1100
  • Energy:
  • Top Speed:
    68 mph


2009 Tatra Terrno 1 Facelift Exterior
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Despite the recent facelift, Tatra’s engineers didn’t manage to totally remove the dated look of the old Terrno 1 and the new model still doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to style.

At least, the new design is more aerodynamic than the previous one. We like the completely redesigned mask, the tasty air deflectors and the new split bumper.

The new design gives the vehicle improved airflow around the cab and also reduces splashing on the side doors. In order to be more resistant to various impacts, the bumper is now made of three steel stampings.

The new headlights are significantly better than the old units and now there are also available optional Xenon lamps. Moreover, the new lights feature hinged walls which makes them easier to be replaced.

To last longer and to have a better structural rigidity the bonnet is now made of a single piece and was fitted with more cooling air inputs, allowing non-original liquid-cooled engines to be fitted to the vehicle.

Changes don’t stop here, as the truck has also received new aluminum side guards which enhance its rugged look.


2009 Tatra Terrno 1 Facelift Exterior
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The interior is a perfect match for the rugged exterior design. As we are talking about a utilitarian vehicle don’t expect to find any pleasant plastics or soft touch materials, as everything inside is rock hard in order to be as lasting as possible. Attention to details was never Tatra’s main trait, so the build quality is pretty poor, but robust.

As most of today’s trucks the dashboard features an ergonomic wraparound design with the center console angled towards the driver. The overall ergonomy isn’t the best you’ll find in this segment but it can be considered pretty satisfactory, as everything is placed where it should be and most of the controls fall easy into hand. You won’t complain about the storage department either, as there are plenty consoles, cubby holes and cup holders to safely store your things.

Compared to the previous model, the new Terrno 1 received a better cab isolation and it shows. Significant changes have been made to the continuous cab door sealing system and the location of the A/C condenser, which is now situated behind the front bumper.

Moreover, there have also been upgrades in the vehicle boarding system. A larger footboard box makes now boarding the truck easier and it uses a highly durable polyethylene which remains flexible and stable in temperatures as low as -50 °C.

The instrumentation is pretty basic, hence don’t expect to a modern layout. The steering wheel is also pretty simple and it’s a bit thin for our tastes failing to offer a confident grab.

Moving on to the seats they come with plenty adjustments and they offer only basic support without being something to rave about.


2009 Tatra Terrno 1 Facelift Exterior
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The Tatra Terrno 1 is powered by a 435 hp engine which offers a maximum torque of 2100 Nm between 1100 and 1200 rpm.

The engine respects the Euro 5 emission norms and is equipped with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology, which was also used in the previous version of the Euro 4 engines.

The new engine is an eight- cylinder directly air-cooled Vengine unit, equipped with mechanical fuel injection, charged by an exhaust turbocharger with a turbine bypass regulation of charging pressure and charging air cooling.

The engine has a capacity of 12, 667 cc and its engineered with a roller-bearing crankshaft, independent cast-iron cylinders, aluminum heads and OHV transfer. For better performances the engine and cooling system create a compact unit.

Tatra claims that compared to the previous engines the new one has increased its maximum output by 27.5% and maximum torque moment by 33.8%, while the fuel consumption has been reduced by 6%.

Tatra Terrno 1 Engines Specifications

Engine cc hp @ rpm Nm @ rpm
12,667 435 @ 1800 2100 @ 1100

Ride and handling

2009 Tatra Terrno 1 Facelift Exterior
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Thanks to the innovative King Frame configuration which consists of a combined suspension of mechanical leaf or coil springs and high-pressure air bellows, the truck has a huge ground clearance and outstanding off road abilities.

The Tatra Terrno 1 can absorb even the biggest bumps without too much fuss, but the ride is still a bit harsh and unsettled.

Luckily, the Terrno 1’s power assisted system works well delivering good feedback that’s easy to gauge, even when the truck is fully loaded. In straight line driving, some minute corrections are required from time to time, but this is nothing out of the ordinary.


2009 Tatra Terrno 1 Facelift Exterior
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Tatra has effectively improved the previous-generation Terrno 1 and we aren’t talking only about exterior design here. The new model is a quieter, more comfortable and more efficient Terrno that still offers a strong grip and capable performances regardless of the terrain conditions. Thanks to these features, the Tatra Terrno 1 has anything it needs to resonate with buyers looking for a solid and reliable work horse.

On the other hand, the interior comfort and the ride quality aren’t as great as other vehicles in the segment while the handling isn’t as refined as the German rivals either. Fortunately Tatra’s reliability is pretty good and the spare parts are also cheaper than what you’ll usually find in this segment.

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