A week before its official unveil at the Sao Paulo Motor Show of 2016, the Nissan Kicks compact SUV has been revealed to the world. The vehicle’s coming to India, and is expected to rival the Creta here. Initially, it’ll be launched in Brazil though. It’s based on the V-Platform, which also underpins the Micra and Sunny.
The Kicks measures 4.28 meters long, 1.76 wide and 1.58 meters tall. Wheelbase stands at 2.62 meters. In Brazil, the compact SUV will use a 1.6 liter flex-fuel capable petrol motor, mated to 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. For the Indian market, the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine is highly likely.
Considering that the Duster, which uses the 1.5 liter K9K diesel, gets 5 and 6 speed manual, and AMT options, similar options could be offered on the Kicks. The SUV is yet to start test runs on Indian roads, which usually precedes a vehicle’s launch by about a year or so.
Nissan will launch the Kicks by the end of this year in Brazil. Expect this SUV to arrive into India sometime next year. It’ll be interesting to see where Nissan will position this SUV considering that it already has the Terrano in the compact SUV space. That said, a sub-4 meter future can’t be ruled out in case of the India-spec Kicks.
As a brand, Nissan has been struggling in India. The Japanese automaker doesn’t have a best selling vehicle in any of the segments it operates in. With this in mind, the Kicks compact SUV could be the “best seller” that Nissan’s been waiting for, for a long time now.