Nissan India recently announced that they will be launching the Kicks SUV with an updated engine which meets the new BS6 emission norms. Meanwhile, as we are waiting for the BS6 Kicks in India, Nissan has just revealed an updated facelifted models of Kicks in Thailand. The model is expected to go on sale in Thailand later this year. The facelifted Kicks is a bit different from the one sold in India. The facelifted model is known as Kicks e-power in the international market and is a bit different from the regular Kicks.
The facelifted version of Kicks gets number of changes. Starting with the front, it has a blacked out grille which has grown in size. The headlights look sleeker and have LED lights in them. DRLs and turn indicators are also integrated in it. The bumper has also been revised and it now comes with LED fog lamps too. Other changes on the outside include an LED tail light and new set of alloy wheels.
On the inside, in comparison to the older version Kicks gets a revised cabin with a new gear lever, electronic parking brake and re-positioned push start button. It should be noted that this model will be initially launched in Thailand and will only be coming to Indian shores by next year. The Kicks e-Power is actually a hybrid vehicle. It is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine along with an electric motor powered by a 1.5 Kwh battery pack. The e-power Kicks generates 129 Ps of maximum power.
In India this engine option is unlikely to be launched. The cosmetic changes however are likely to make their way to the Indian version by next year. The upcoming turbo petrol BS6 compliant version will be similar to the older version in terms of design but will have couple of new features like remote start, connected car features and idle start stop system. The upcoming Kicks will be available with a 1.3 litre turbo petrol engine that generates 156 PS and 254 Nm of torque. It will be available with an 8-speed CVT and manual gearbox options. With the launch of turbo petrol version, Kicks will be the most powerful SUV in the segment. The diesel version of Kicks has been discontinued but the old naturally aspirated 1.5 litre unit will still be offered. The same turbo petrol engine will also be seen in Renault Duster in near future.