The India-bound Nissan Kicks will be designed on the modified MO platform that will also underpin the upcoming Renault Kaptur.
Nissan Kicks will be launched in around 80 countries across the world including India.
The India-bound Nissan Kicks compact SUV will be shown at the Auto Shanghai, which will be held from 19th to 28th April 2017. Ahead of its official showcasing, the Japanese carmaker has dropped teaser images of the Kicks revealing its exterior detailing. Designed and developed for the emerging markets, the Nissan Kicks will go up against the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta. While the South American version of the car sits on the brand’s V architecture, the India-spec model will share its platform with Renault Kaptur crossover.
The production version of the Kicks will have five-seat layout, and share most of its design traits with the upcoming Kaputr. Nissan’s Mexico-based plant will serve as production hub for the Kicks. The company plans to sell the new compact SUV in over 80 countries across the world, starting from Latin America. Nissan India President, Gullaume Sicard had 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. Check Out: Nissan Kicks: Picture Gallery
Nissan had announced that the all-new Kicks will go on sale more than 80 markets including India. Reports opine that the compact SUV might hit the Indian shores in the second half of the next year. To be more specific, we can expect it to arrive during 2018 festive season. Read: Nissan X-Trail Hybrid SUV – Launch Details & Pictures
|Base Model||Rs 8 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
In India, the new Nissan compact SUV will face off against the Ford EcoSport and other cars in the league. Therefore, the pricing will be a crucial factor. Since the India-spec version will be based on Renault-Nissan Alliance’s low-cost MO platform, it is likely to be priced aggressively. The base version of the car might come at Rs 8 lakh, and the range-topping variant could be priced around Rs 15 lakh.
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|Engine||1.6-litre flex-fuel (petrol/ethanol)|
|Maximum Power||105bhp – 110bhp|
|Transmission||5-speed manual or a CVT|
The Kicks is already on sale in the Brazilian market with a new-generation 1.6-litre, 16V engine benefited with Flex Start System. The powertrain is manufactured at Nissan’s Resende-based Brazil facility. This flex-fuel (petrol/ethanol) motor delivers power close to 114bhp. The compact SUV could be brought either with a 5-speed manual or new-gen XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission). 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.
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 the compact SUV space, the Nissan Kicks will face a tough challenge from the Ford EcoSport. With competitive pricing, this new SUV will also take on 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 its rivals.
The Nissan Kicks SUV has already taken its final shape that looks more like its concept avatar, which was shown at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show. The vehicle’s 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. Read More About – New Nissan Micra | Nissan Terrano AMT
The India-spec version of the new Nissan SUV will share its platform and most of its design cues with Renault’s upcoming crossover – Kaptur. Front styling looks sharp with honeycomb grille with chrome surrounding and angular sweptback headlamps. The floating roof with dual-tone paintjob looks sporty. The prominent character lines, flared wheel arches with body cladding around enhance its side appearance. Similar to its concept avatar, the production version will have conventional SUV traits such as a high ground clearance and muscular front and rear bumpers.
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 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 colour MID and analogue speedometer.
For passengers’ safety and security, Nissan has equipped the car with lots of advanced safety technologies such as Active Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, 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-spec version will offer them or not.
The all-new Nissan Kicks compact SUV was the official car of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and made its global debut at the event.