Japanese automaker, Nissan is aiming to improve its share in the Indian market by introducing a range of new models over the next 2-3 years. The first model to go on sale is the all-new Nissan Kicks, which will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. According to auto.ndtv, the Kicks compact SUV will go on sale in India in January 2019.
The new-generation Nissan Kicks for India will be slightly different from the one available in the international markets. The India-bound model will be more spacious and will be equipped with several high-end connectivity features. To be positioned as a premium SUV, the new model is likely to be priced somewhere between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 16 (ex-showroom). The SUV will be offered in both petrol and diesel guise, both of the engines will be shared from the Nissan Terrano. Read – Nissan Kicks Vs Hyundai Creta
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Commenting on the Kicks compact SUV, Alfonso Albaisa, Executive Design Director, Nissan Group said, “The Kicks in India won’t be like the one that is Global. And that came from here (Indian design studio) to do that. To change the size of the car, to change the interior roominess of the car, to change the connectivity of the car, specifically for the Indian market. And the method of that, is that all of our engineers and product planners and engineers are the eyes and the ears for India to headquarters.” Also See – Nissan Kicks – 5 Facts To Know About Hyundai Creta Challenger
Nissan is very hopeful that Kicks compact SUV could bring volumes for the automaker in India. The company is going through bad phase and most of its products failed to generate numbers. It will not be easy for Kicks as it will directly rival the popular SUV – Hyundai Creta. The global model is based on the Nissan’s V-platform that also underpins the Micra and Sunny. However, the India-spec model will be based on the heavily localised Duster’s platform. This will help Nissan to price this new SUV competitively. Not just platform, the 5-seater premium SUV will share its engine and transmission with Nissan Terrano. This means, it will be powered by the tried & tested 1.5-litre K9K diesel and 1.5-litre petrol engines.