The BS6 update for the Nissan Kicks will come with a massive power and torque boost for the compact SUV. Picture this, the Kicks in BS6 trim will become more powerful than both the 2020 Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos thanks to a new 1.3 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Peak power is rated at 153 Bhp while peak torque is a healthy 254 Nm. The 1.4 liter turbo petrol engine offered on the 2020 Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos makes 138 Bhp-242 Nm.
This new turbo petrol motor was shown at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo on the Renault Duster, which will also get the same engine shortly. The 1.3 liter turbo petrol engine will be paired with a CVT automatic gearbox, which should make the compact SUV a lot more convenient to drive in city traffic. The new engine-gearbox combination will be offered on the Kicks after the Corona Virus lockdown is lifted in India.
Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India, had this to say about the 2020 Kicks compact SUV
The all new Nissan KICKS 2020 is built with Japanese engineering and technology and has high build quality with purposeful and intelligent technology with class-leading premium-ness. The New Nissan KICKS is powered by best-in-class turbo engine and best-in-class X-tronic CVT offering higher fuel economy and acceleration.
The Kicks is currently offered with a solitary petrol engine: the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated HR15DE unit that puts out 105 Bhp-140 Nm. This motor is offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. The Kicks BS6’s entry level variants are likely to continue with this engine while the more powerful turbo petrol engine will be offered on higher trims. Prices of the Kicks with the 1.5 liter petrol engine start from Rs. 9.55 lakh. ex-showroom Delhi. We expect the turbo petrol variant with the CVT automatic gearbox to command a price premium of about Rs. 1 lakh over the regular petrol trims.
Launched last year, the Nissan Kicks has been a tepid seller right from the outset. The compact SUV was also offered with a 1.5 liter K9K turbocharged diesel engine with 108 Bhp-240 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox used to be standard with the diesel motor. Now though, both Renault and Nissan have discontinued diesel engines from their vehicles sold in India as the diesels are not Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. To replace the K9K diesel engine, both Renault and Nissan are bringing in the 1.3 liter turbo petrol motor, which has been on sale in their international variants for quite some time.