Based on low-cost Renault’s MO platform, the Nissan Kicks compact SUV will go on sale in Q1, 2019
The long-awaited Nissan Kicks compact SUV has finally been unveiled for the Indian market. This will be the Nissan’s new strategy for the highly competitive Indian auto industry. Besides this model, the Japanese automaker is also aiming to expand its dealership network, optimizing flexible manufacturing and strengthening its R&D facilities with its alliance partners. The SUV is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2019, most probably in January. For people not in the know, the Kicks nameplate is already on sale in select international markets including Brazil.
The Nissan Kicks will come as a replacement for the Terrano. In the premium compact SUV space, the Kicks SUV will face challenge from cars like Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the upcoming Tata Harrier. Interestingly, the India-spec model is different from global model in terms of size, platform and engine specs. While the global-spec model based on the V-platform, the Kicks for India uses the heavily localised Renault’s MO platform. Moreover, the Kicks for India is bigger and more spacious than the global model.
Engine setup for the Kicks will include a 105bhp, 1.5-litre petrol and 110bhp, 1.5-litre K9K diesel. For transmission duties, the SUV could receive a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and an optional Xtronic CVT. The SUV is equipped with several segment-leading features including a large 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, leather seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, etc.
Nissan Kicks Features
– 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 Release Date In India – Launch Date
The global-spec model was first showcased in its concept avatar at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Latin America. The SUV will soon be available in more than 80 countries including India. Unveiled at an event in Mumbai, the Kicks will officially go on sale in the first quarter of 2019. A possible launch in the first quarter of 2019 can’t be ignored. Read: Nissan X-Trail SUV – Pictures & Launch Details
Nissan Kicks Price in India
|Base Model||Rs 10 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 16 lakh|
Nissan’s new compact SUV is built on 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. With Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur in its sight, the new Nissan Kicks India price is estimated to start from Rs 10 lakh and go up to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – New Nissan Leaf Is Coming To India
Nissan Kicks Exterior
The Nissan Kicks 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 led by Nissan’s Global Design Centre in Japan. The SUV for India is different from the global unit; however, styling for both models remains largely identical. Unlike the global-spec Kicks that has been developed on the Nissan’s V-platform, the SUV for India is based on the low-cost Renault’s MO platform that also underpins the Nissan Terrano. Check Out: Nissan Kicks: Picture Gallery
Nissan claims that the body of the Kicks is designed and built with GRAPHENE (Gravity-PhilicEnergy Absorption) Body Structure. This structure has inherent capabilities to absorb impact energy making the new Nissan Kicks stronger, safer and durable on Indian roads. Sporting bold stance, the face of the SUV looks aggressive and sporty. Upfront, the car gets signature V-motion grille flanked by unique boomerang shaped headlights with LED and daytime running lamps and bold bumper with rectangular fog lamp housing. 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 created by blacked-out pillars with stylish roof rails and shark fin antenna. Accentuating the side profile are the prominent characteer lines, flared wheel arches with body cladding and large 17-inch 5-spoke machine-cut alloy wheels. The outside rear view mirrors integrated with turn indicators are mounted on doors. In-line with global model, the Kicks for India features the conventional SUV traits such as a high ground clearance, muscular rear bumper and ‘boomerang’ tail lamps.
In terms of proportions, the Kicks for India is longer, wider and taller than the global model. It is around 89mm longer, 53mm wider and 66mm taller than the Brazilian-spec unit. In fact, the wheelbase of the SUV has been increased by 63mm to 2673mm, which liberates more cabin space and boot capacity. The SUV is 4,384mm x 1,813mm x 1,656mm in length, width and height respectively. It rides on a large wheelbase of 2,673mm, while the ground clearance stands at 200mm. Check Out – Nissan Terra 7-Seater SUV Pictures & Details
Nissan Kicks Interior
Nissan will equip its new compact SUV (India-spec) with several comfort goodies. While the list of the features is still under the wraps, 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. The SUv will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with around view monitor supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some of its key highlights will include a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, start/stop button, automatic climate control, an instrument cluster integrated large colour MID and analogue speedometer. Read About – Nissan Note e-Power Hatchback
Nissan Kicks India Specifications
|Engine||1.5-litre H4K||1.5-litre K9K|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT||6-speed MT|
As mentioned above, the India-spec Kicks is likely to share its powertrains with the Renault Captur. That means, the petrol version of the SUV might feature the 1.5-litre motor that’s good enough for 104.55bhp at 5,600rpm and a peak torque of 142Nm at 4,000rpm. The diesel variants, on the other hand, will make use of a 1.5-litre K9K unit tuned for two states of tunes – 84bhp with 210Nm and 108bhp with 240Nm. Speculations suggest that the Kicks 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
Nissan Kicks India Mileage
According to media reports, the premium compact SUV from Nissan might borrow its platform and engine from the Captur. Power for the petrol variant might come from a 105bhp, 1.5-litre petrol unit and the diesel variants will have 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
Nissan Kicks Competition
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 Kicks Comfort
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 Kicks Practicality
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.
Nissan Kicks Safety
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.
Should You Wait For This Car?
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.
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Nissan Kicks Compact SUV
The all-new Nissan Kicks compact SUV for India is based on Renault's MO platform that also underpins the Captur. It is longer and spacious than the global model.