– Nissan Kicks compact SUV is reported to launch in late 2018.
– It will take on the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur.
Nissan Kicks will be launched in around 80 countries across the world including India.
In a bid to strengthen its market, Nissan India is planning to launch a range of new products in coming years. One of them is the all-new Nissan Kicks compact SUV, which is already on sale in South American markets. Besides this, the Japanese carmaker might also bring in the Terra 7-seater SUV to challenge the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in India. Nissan is also considering the new-generation Micra hatchback and two electric hatchbacks – Leaf and Note-e.
In the premium compact SUV segment, the Nissan Kicks compact SUV will take head-to-head against the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur. Unlike the global-spec which is based on the V platform, the India-bound model will use the Terrano’s low-cost B0 platform. In terms of design, the all-new Kicks looks more contemporary and sportier than the other Nissan models. Engine setup will also be sourced from the Terrano SUV – i.e. 1.5L H4K petrol and 1.5L K9K diesel. Transmission options on offer might include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and an optional Xtronic CVT. Read About – Nissan Note e-Power Hatchback
– Bold honeycomb grille
– Boomerang headlamps
– Floating roof with wrap-around visor
– 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– Satellite navigation system
– Smartphone integration
– Automatic climate control
– Flat-bottomed steering
– Digital instrument console Read: Nissan Kicks Vs Hyundai Creta – Which One Is Better?
Nissan Kicks SUV was first previewed in its concept avatar at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Latin America. The Japanese automaker is planning to launch the SUV in over 80 global markets including India. According to a latest online report, the compact SUV might hit showrooms sometime this year. We will update the official launch date and details as soon as the carmaker announces it. Read: Nissan X-Trail SUV – Pictures & Launch Details
|Base Model||Rs 8 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
Nissan’s new compact SUV will underpin the Renault Captur’s heavily localised platform and share its powertrains with its donor sibling. This will help the carmaker curb its manufacturing cost and come up with competitive pricing. Prices of the Nissan Kicks are likely to fall in the range of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – New Nissan Leaf Is Coming To India
The concept version of the SUV 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, especially for the emerging markets. The entire concept design project was lead by Nissan’s Global Design Centre in Japan. While the global-spec Kicks has been developed on the Nissan’s V-platform that also underpins the Micra hatchback and Sunny sedan, the India-bound model will share its chassis with Renault’s new crossover – Captur. Check Out: Nissan Kicks: Picture Gallery
Sporting bold stance, the face of the SUV looks aggressive and sporty. Upfront, the car gets a honeycomb grille with chrome surroundings, angular sweptback headlamps with LED signature and bold bumper. The design of the front fascia will follow Nissan’s family crossover styling theme, which is offered on X-Trail. The car has a floating roof with dual-tone paintjob. Accentuating the side profile are the prominent character lines, flared wheel arches with body cladding and large alloy wheels. Similar to its concept version, the production ready model features the conventional SUV traits such as a high ground clearance, muscular rear bumper and ‘boomerang’ tail lamps.
The overall length, width and height of the global-spec Kicks stand at 4,295mm, 1,760mm and 1,590mm respectively. The SUV sits on a wheelbase of 2,610mm, and has a ground clearance of 200mm. Its luggage area of 452-litres is good enough to accommodate 3-4 suitcases. For the Indian market, Nissan could make some dimensional and design changes to SUV. Check Out – Nissan Terra 7-Seater SUV Pictures & Details
Nissan will equip its new compact SUV (India-spec) with several comfort goodies. While the list of the features is yet to be revealed by the carmaker, it is expected to share some of its features and components with the Renault Captur crossover. However, it will get a new design layout for dashboard and seats. Features such as dual-tone interior scheme and premium upholstery for seats and other parts will add more to its premium feel and appeal. Some of its key highlights will include a 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 colour MID and analogue speedometer.
|Engine||1.5-litre H4K||1.5-litre K9K|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT||6-speed MT|
For the Brazilian market, the Kicks has been made available with a new-generation 1.6-litre, 16V engine benefited with Flex Start System. This flex-fuel (petrol/ethanol) motor is claimed to be designed with a special piston coating that not only makes it lightweight, but reduces friction as well. The power output of the unit stand at 114bhp. Nissan offers two transmissions on the SUV carline – a 5-speed manual and a new-gen XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The India-spec model, on the other hand, might share its engines with Renault Captur. For power, the petrol version of the Kicks is likely to get a 1.5-litre motor that pushes out a maximum power output of 104.5bhp at 5,600rpm and a peak torque of 142Nm at 4,000rpm. The diesel model will be propelled by a 1.5-litre K9K unit tuned for two states of tunes – 84bhp with 210Nm and 108bhp with 240Nm. Speculations suggest that it might get the 108bhp version. For performing transmission duties, the SUV is likely to get a 5-speed manual (petrol) and a 6-speed manual (diesel) gearbox. Nissan might also offer an optional Xtronic CVT gearbox on the carline. Read About – New-generation Nissan Micra
As mentioned above, the premium compact SUV from Nissan might borrow its platform and engine from the Captur. Powering the petrol variant could be a 105bhp, 1.5-litre petrol unit and the diesel variants might use a 108bhp, 1.5-litre K9K motor. As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the gasoline unit will deliver a mileage around 13.87kmpl and the oil burner will offer a slightly better fuel economy of around 20.37kmpl. Read – Nissan Micra CVT – India’s Most Affordable Premium Automatic Hatchback
In India, the Nissan Kicks will take head-to-head against the Hyundai Creta. Expected to come with competitive pricing, this new SUV will also impact sales of the high-end variants of the Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. So there is a very high possibility that the Nissan Kicks could be priced quite aggressive to take a lead over its rivals. Read: New Nissan Sunny – All You Need To Know
Nissan’s new entrant in the compact SUV segment will be stacked up against the Hyundai Creta, which is currently dominating the segment. Measuring over 4 meter in length, the new Nissan Kicks is likely to be slightly more affordable offering than the Creta. The SUV will share its platform and engine setup with the Captur crossover. While the Creta is available with three powertrains – 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol, the Nissan Kicks will come with 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engine options.
To be developed on the low-cost B0 platform, the Nissan Kicks (India-spec) is expected to source its interior components from the Duster and the Terrano. Featuring cab-forward design, the SUV will offer slightly more room to the occupants than the Terrano. However, it will have the five-seat layout. The vehicle will offer generous legroom, headroom and shoulder space for both front and rear occupants. The high-spec model will have leather upholstery for seats offering good thigh and back support.
Nissan’s new compact SUV offers several storage compartments for keeping your knick-knacks. Additionally, there is a large glovebox and bottle holders. The SUV offers a luggage area of 452-litres that can be further extended by folding the rear seats. Features such as keyless entry with start/stop ignition system and cruise control further make it a practical machine.
For the safety provision, the Brazil-spec Kicks gets several high-end safety fitments including Active Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, Collision alert with intelligent braking assistant, Active Ride Stabilizer, Dynamic Chassis Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Active Engine Brake and Moving Object Detection. These features are exclusively offered in the range-topping trim of the SUV. However, there is no clarity whether the India-bound model will offer these features or not.
Speculations suggest that the India-spec model could be loaded with the standard dual-front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) and brake assist and engine immobilizer. Safety features such as Hill launch and descent assist and ESP with traction control are likely to be reserved for the top-spec model.
Based on Renault’s MO platform, the Nissan Kicks will comes with a pack of advanced comfort and convenience features like multi-functional steering wheel, keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, etc. Sporting contemporary design and efficient powertrains, Nissan’s new compact SUV will surely appeal the target buyers. If Nissan comes with competitive pricing, it will work as an icing on a cake. In the premium compact SUV space, the vehicle will compete with the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur.
The all-new Nissan Kicks compact SUV was the official car of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and made its global debut at the event. It is reported to make its way to India towards the end of this year.