Nissan earlier this year launched their compact SUV kicks in the Indian market. unlike the Kicks sold abroad, Indian Kicks is based on B-Zero platform which underpins many other vehicles like the Renault Duster, Captur and the Nissan Terrano. The Indian spec Kicks is larger than the international model. It measures 4,384 mm in length, which is precisely 89 mm longer than the model sold abroad.
The Kicks is struggling to sell in the Indian market thanks to the overall slowdown that the market is facing, and the Japanese automaker is stuck with a large inventory that needs to be cleared before April 2020 (BS6 emission norms). Here we have a render from an artist Kleber Silva who in his imagination has figured out how the facelift of the Nissan Kicks would look like.
As per the render, the Kicks gets a makeover at the front and the rear. It follows a design language that we are currently seeing on modern day cars. It has the headlight on the bumper and the DRL just like the one seen on Hyundai Venue and Tata Harrier. Apart from this, no major changes are seen on the front or the profile of the car.
Second picture is of the rear. The rear is exactly the same as that of the current Kicks. The only difference is the sleeker tail lights. The design of the tail lights have also been redesigned. This is the only major change that we can spot in this the render. Officially Nissan has not confirmed anything about the facelift. So, the render from Kleber Silva is purely in the realm of imagination for now.
Talking about the engine, there are two engines offered with the Kicks: a 1.5 liter K9K turbocharged diesel in 108 Bhp-240 Nm state of tune, and a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol with 104 Bhp-140 Nm. Both engines get manual gearboxes as standard, with the diesel getting a 6 speed unit while the petrol makes do with a 5 speed unit. The Kicks could get a CVT automatic gearbox for the petrol model next year.
Nissan is also offering massive discount on the Kicks. Nissan is offering a cash discount up to Rs 40,000, exchange bonus up to Rs 40,000, corporate discount up to Rs 10,000, extended warranty valued at Rs 20,500, and 24*7 roadside assistance in 1500+ cities. The Kicks rivals the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Kia Seltos and the Renault Duster. The compact SUV is best known for its ride quality.