The India-bound Nissan Kicks compact SUV will be based on the CMF-B platform that will also be used for the new-generation Renault Duster.
The Nissan Kicks will be launched in around 80 countries across the world including India.
October 18, 2016 – Nissan Kicks compact SUV was the official car of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and made its debut at the event. While Latin America will be the first market to receive the Kicks by the end of this year, its India launch might happen in late 2017 or early 2018. The vehicle has already entered production at the company’s plant in Mexico. Nissan claims to have achieved over 90 percent localisation to build the Kicks. Check Out: Nissan Kicks Interior & Exterior Image Gallery
The company plans to sell this product in over 80 countries across the world, starting from Latin America. Speaking to media during Datsun redi-GO launch, Nissan India President, Gullaume Sicard revealed that the company is more focused to expand its SUV and crossover lineup. In India, the carmaker will introduce 3 crossovers in the next 3 years.
The Japanese carmaker will launch the Nissan Kicks in more than 80 markets including India. The compact SUV is likely to hit our shores towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.
|Base Model||Rs 8 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
|Engine||1.6-litre flex-fuel (petrol/ethanol)|
|Maximum Power||105bhp – 110bhp|
|Transmission||5-speed manual or a CVT|
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Nissan Kicks compact SUV has achieved Inmetro (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) certification for its fuel efficiency, claims some Brazilian reports. Powered by a 1.6-litre flex-fuel (ethanol/petrol) engine, the Brazilan-spec model returns mileage as high as 13.7kmpl. Running only on the ethanol, the compact SUV delivers 8.1kmpl in city and 9.6kmpl on freeways.
While using petrol, the vehicle offers 11.4kmpl on urban roads and 13.7kmpl on highways. The India-bound model, however, might come with a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel offering a claimed mileage of 13.6kmpl and 19.87kmpl respectively. These two engines also do duty in the Duster. Also Read – Nissan Micra CVT Becomes India’s Most Affordable Premium Automatic Hatchback
In the compact SUV segment, the Nissan Kicks will gun straight against the Renault Duster, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta that are currently dominating the segment. So there is a very high possibility that the Nissan Kicks could be priced competitively to take a lead over rivals.
The Nissan Kicks is based on the Kicks concept that was first showcased at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show. This concept was designed under the alliance of Nissan Design America (NDA) San Diego, California and Nissan Design America (NDA-R) – the company’s Brazil-based design studio satellite. The entire concept design project was lead by Nissan’s Global Design Centre in Japan. This crossover has been designed especially for the growing markets such as Brazil and other South American countries.
The Kicks crossover will be based on Nissan’s V-platform that also underpins the Nissan Sunny and Nissan Micra hatchback. Though, the India-bound model will sit on the CMF-B platform that will also be used for the new-generation Renault Duster. Similar to its concept, the production version of the vehicle carries conventional SUV traits such as a high ground clearance and muscular front and rear bumpers. The car also gets Nissan’s V-shaped front grille that seems inspired from the Micra hatchback.
Dimensions of the Kicks measure 4,295mm in length, 1,760mm in width and 1,590mm in height. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,610mm. The company, however, could trim it to achieve four meters length for the Indian market. This will allow the car to avail the tax benefits offered on sub-4 metre cars in the country.
Feature-wise, the Kicks will be loaded one. Its top-end SL trim will have lots of comfort and connectivity features to offer such as a light tan and black colour interior, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with around view monitor, flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, start/stop button, automatic climate control, an instrument cluster integrated large color MID and analog speedometer.
In Brazil, the Nissan Kicks will be made available with a 1.6-litre flex-fuel (petrol/ethanol) engine that is produced at Nissan’s Resende-based Brazil facility. This mill will produce an estimated power of 105bhp – 110bhp. Transmission options on offer could be a 5-speed manual or a CVT (continuously variable transmission). Details of the India-spec model are yet to be revealed. As mentioned earlier, the model planned for India could use the Duster’s 1.6-litre petrol & diesel engine.