Nissan Kicks will be designed on the modified M0 platform that will also underpin the upcoming Renault Captur.
Nissan Kicks will be launched in around 80 countries across the world including India.
The all-new Nissan Kicks compact SUV is finally confirmed for the Indian market. The information has been shared by Paymen Kargar, senior VP, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, Chairman of Management Committee for Africa, Middle East and India while talking to an online media publication. He said: “Our next product for the Indian market is the Kicks and it will come next year.” In the compact SUV space, the Kicks will face competition from multiple cars including new Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
Built on Renault’s tried and tested M0 platform, the new Nissan compact SUV has been especially designed and developed for the emerging markets. The company aims to sell its new compact SUV in over 80 countries across the globe. It is already on sale in Latin America. In terms of design, the all-new Kicks looks more contemporary and sportier than the other Nissan models. In fact, this SUV was named the “2017 SUV of the Year” by FIPA, the Inter-American Federation of Automotive Journalists. Moreover, it accumulated six awards in South America within six months of its launch. Check Out: Nissan Kicks: Picture Gallery
The Kicks SUV carries the brand’s crossover design theme, and shares a few styling bits with Renault’s upcoming Captur SUV. Some its key highlights include a bold honeycomb grille, ‘boomerang’ headlamps, floating roof with wrap-around visor, pronounced wheel arches with body cladding and a high ground clearance. Nissan Kicks is a five-seater compact SUV hosting a pack of advanced comfort and safety features.
Features such as a 7.0-inch infotainment system with audio, satellite navigation system and smartphone integration, automatic climate control, a flat-bottomed steering, a par-digital instrument cluster and dual-tone upholstery inserts are exclusively offered on the higher grade variants. While the Brazil-spec Kicks comes with a new 1.6L, 16V engine with Flex Start System, the technical details of the India-bound model are still under the wraps. Read About – Nissan Note e-Power Hatchback
Nissan plans to introduce the Kicks SUV over 80 global markets including India. While it is already on sale in the Latin American markets, it will see a release in India next year. The company might showcase the SUV at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo in February, 2018. Though the exact launch date is yet to be revealed, it is expected to be rolled out in the second half of the next year. Read: Nissan X-Trail SUV – Pictures & Launch Details
|Base Model||Rs 8 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
As mentioned above, Nissan’s new compact SUV shares its platform with the Renault Caputr. The company tried and tested M0 architecture will help the carmaker curb manufacturing cost of the vehicle and achieve competitive pricing. Kargar said: “Having the future Kicks on a proven alliance platform is actually an advantage, not just at an investment level but also in terms of price and quality. When you have a platform used for multiple models, then the effort you make in ensuring quality is very high.” Read – New Nissan Leaf Is Coming To India
With EcoSport and Duster in its sight, the all-new Nissan Kicks is estimated to be priced around Rs 8 lakh for the entry-level model. The range-topping variant of the car could be priced around Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).
Nissan Kicks Video
|Engine||1.6-litre flex-fuel (petrol/ethanol)|
|Maximum Power||105bhp – 110bhp|
|Transmission||5-speed manual or a CVT|
In the Brazilian market, the Kicks is being offered with a new-generation 1.6-litre, 16V engine benefited with Flex Start System. Production of this powertrain takes place at Nissan’s Resende-based facility in Brazil. 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. Its power output stands at 114bhp. The compact SUV could be brought either with a 5-speed manual or new-gen XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission). Engine details of the India-spec model are yet to be revealed. Speculations are on rife that the model planned for India could use the Duster’s 1.6-litre petrol & diesel engine. Read About – New-generation Nissan Micra
The Brazil-spec Nissan Kicks achieved Inmetro (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) certification for its fuel efficiency. Packed with a 1.6-litre flex-fuel (ethanol/petrol) engine, the Brazilan-spec model returns an impressive 13.7kmpl. While running only on the ethanol, the compact SUV gives an average of 8.1kmpl on the urban roads and 9.6kmpl on freeways.
Using petrol as fuel, the car delivers 11.4kmpl in city and 13.7kmpl on highways. Since the India-bound version is likely to share its engines with the Duster, we expect it to be as frugal as the former. On the Duster, the 1.6L petrol and diesel motors return a claimed fuel economy of 13.6kmpl and 19.87kmpl respectively.
In India, the Nissan Kicks will be positioned against the new Ford EcoSport. With competitive pricing, this new SUV will also take on the Renault Duster, Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta. So there is a very high possibility that the Nissan Kicks could be priced competitively to take a lead over its rivals. Read: New Nissan Sunny – All You Need To Know
Nissan Kicks SUV was first previewed in its concept avatar at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Latin America. The 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, especially for the emerging markets. The entire concept design project was lead by Nissan’s Global Design Centre in Japan.
The India-bound Nissan Kicks will share its platform and its design cues with Renault’s new crossover – Captur. Face of the car has sporty appeal with a honeycomb grille with chrome surrounding, angular sweptback headlamps with LED signature and bold bumper. The car has a floating roof with dual-tone paintjob. Its prominent character lines, flared wheel arches with body cladding and large alloy wheels enhance its side appearance. Similar to its concept avatar, the production version features the conventional SUV traits such as a high ground clearance, muscular rear bumper and ‘boomerang’ tail lamps.
Proportionally, the Kicks measures 4,295mm in length, 1,760mm in width and 1,590mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,610mm. The company, however, could trim it down for achieving 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 is a loaded one. Its top-end SL trim comes with a pack of advanced 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 colour MID and analogue speedometer.
With respect to safety, the Brazil-spec Kicks comes with lots of advanced safety technologies such as 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. All aforementioned features are reserved for the high-end trim. However, there is no clarity whether the India-bound model will offer these features or devoid of them.