– Nissan Kicks compact SUV will hit Indian shores this year.
– It will take on the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur.
– The India-spec version will use the low-cost B0 platform.
– The compact SUV might share its engines with the Terrano.
Nissan Kicks will be launched in around 80 countries across the world including India.
Aiming to strengthen its market, Nissan India will bring in four new SUVs in coming years. While the Kicks compact SUV will be first one to see a release, the other three (Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Patrol and Nissan Pathfinder) are still under consideration. Besides Kicks, Nissan is also considering the Leaf electric, Note-e and new Micra for the Indian market. Scheduled to launch in 2018, the Nissan Kicks compact SUV will lock horns against the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur.
Unlike the global-spec that underpins 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 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?
The Japanese automaker is planning to launch the Kicks SUV in over 80 global markets including India. The vehicle is already on sale in the Latin American market. Nissan had confirmed the Kicks compact SUV’s India launch for 2018. According a latest report, the vehicle will be soon hit the showrooms (i.e. in coming months). Though, the official launch date is yet to be revealed. 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 Terrano. The heavily localised platform and engine will help the carmaker curb its manufacturing cost and achieve competitive pricing. With Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur in its sight, the all-new Nissan Kicks is estimated to be priced around Rs 8 lakh for the entry-level model and Rs 13 lakh for the range-topping variant. Read – New Nissan Leaf Is Coming To India
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 global-spec Kicks has been developed on the Nissan’s V-platform that also underpins the Micra and Sunny sedan. Check Out: Nissan Kicks: Picture Gallery
In India, the Nissan Kicks will share its platform and design cues with Renault’s new crossover – Captur. The vehicle carries several aggressive design elements, especially at the front. It 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. 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 (global-spec) is 4,295mm long, 1,760mm wide and 1,590mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,610mm. It comes with a ground clearance of 200mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle rugged roads. The SUV has a boot space of 452-litres that is good enough to carry 3-4 suitcases. In India, Nissan could make some changes to design. The change in design is likely to alter the overall length and width of the SUV.
Feature-wise, the Kicks is a loaded one. It is expected that the Kicks will share some of its cabin features with Captur crossover; though it will have new design layout for dashboard and seats. The SUV will come with a pack of advanced comfort and connectivity features. It will get dual-tone interior scheme and premium upholstery for seats and other parts. The list of features will also 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|
In the Brazilian market, the Kicks is 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. Its power output stands at 114bhp. Transmission duties will be carried out by a 5-speed manual or new-gen XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The India-spec model is likely to share its engines with Renault Captur/Nissan Terrano. Powering the petrol version could be a 1.5-litre motor that can make a top power of 104.5bhp at 5,600rpm and a peak torque of 142Nm at 4,000rpm. On the other hand, the diesel version will derive its power from a 1.5-litre K9K unit that is tuned for two states of tunes – 84bhp with 210Nm and 108bhp with 240Nm. However, the Kicks could get the 108bhp version. Transmission options are likely to include 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
The premium compact SUV from Renault shares its platform and engine with the Duster. The petrol variants might make use of a 105bhp, 1.5-litre petrol unit and the diesel variants could get a 108bhp, 1.5-litre K9K oil burner. As for the mileage, the gasoline unit returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 13.87kmpl and the oil burner offers slightly more, between 20.37kmpl. Read – Nissan Micra CVT – India’s Most Affordable Premium Automatic Hatchback
In India, the Nissan Kicks will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. With competitive pricing, this new SUV will also take on the top-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 competitively 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 directly challenge the Hyundai Creta, which is currently dominating the segment. Sits above 4 meter in length, the new Nissan Kicks is expected to be priced slightly lesser than the Creta. It will share its engine specs and platform with the Captur crossover. While the Creta is available with 3 engine options – 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol, the Kicks will come with 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines.
To be developed on the low-cost B0 platform, the Nissan Kicks 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. Though, it will come with a five-seat layout. The vehicle will have improved legroom, headroom and shoulder space for both front and rear occupants. The tange-topping model is likely to get leather upholstery for seats, which will offer improved thigh and back support.
The cabin of the Kicks comes with several storage compartments to keep your belongings. Additionally, it will get a large glovebox and bottle holders. The SUV has a boot space of 452-litres, which can be further extended by folding the rear seats. It will also get several features like keyless entry with start/stop ignition system and cruise control.
With respect to safety, the Brazil-spec Kicks comes with a pack 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.
Speculations suggest that the India-spec model will get dual-front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) and brake assist and engine immobilizer as standard. Safety features such as Hill launch and descent assist and ESP with traction control could be restricted to top-spec model.
Featuring modern styling and high-end technology, the Nissan Kicks seems like a good alternative to other SUVs in its league like Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur. Based on Renault’s MO platform, the Captur will be equipped with several comfort and convenience features like multi-functional steering wheel, keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control. etc.