Nissan India will launch the Kicks compact SUV in India on the 22nd of January, 2019. The SUV was showcased late last year, following which Nissan even organized media drives. The Nissan Kicks will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur in the Indian market. It will replace the Terrano in Nissan’s line-up, and will be the only SUV sold by the Japanese brand.
In the coming years, Nissan plans to launch into a SUV blitz in India, and the Kicks is the first salvo fired by the Japanese automaker is the rapidly growing compact SUV segment. The Nissan Kicks that will be launched in India is different from the version that’s sold in Latin America. The Kicks built for India will be larger, and use the B-Zero platform that it shares with the likes of the Renault Duster and Captur.
In fact, this platform sharing is quite extensive, and the Nissan Kicks even shares the engines and gearboxes of the Renault Captur. Key differences will be in terms of styling and interior design – areas where the Nissan Kicks is totally different from the Renault Captur, and for that matter the smaller Renault Duster. The Kicks sold in India will be offered with petrol and diesel engines.
However, there will not be an automatic gearbox on offer with either of these engines, putting the Nissan Kicks at a disadvantage when compared to rivals, especially the Hyundai Creta – the segment leading SUV that offers automatic gearbox options on both the petrol and diesel variants. The petrol engine of the Kicks will be carried over from the Nissan Terrano, which means that it’ll be the same 1.6 liter-4 cylinder unit with 104 Bhp-145 Nm on tap.
A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard with this engine, and will drive the front wheels. The diesel engine will be the 1.5 liter K9K turbocharged unit with 108 Bhp-240 Nm. Again, this is a carryover from the Nissan Terrano, and will be paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox. There won’t be an all wheel drive layout even as an option although the B-Zero platform supports such an option. The reasoning given is that demand for such a variant is minimal.
As for features, the Nissan Kicks will be the most loaded car sold by the Japanese automaker in India. From a segment leading 360 degree camera to cruise control and automatic headlamps, the Kicks will be a feature-rich SUV. Passenger comfort is accorded top priority with features such as arm rests and seat height adjustment for the driver, and a rear AC blower for the passengers at the rear.
Other significant features on the Nissan Kicks includes brown-black leather interiors on the top-end trim, four airbags, ABS+EBD, start-stop button, keyless entry, steering column mounted audio controls, a touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, USB charging ports, electrically fold-able wing mirrors and powered windows.
Nissan is expected to price the Kicks quite competitively, with a starting price well under Rs. 10 lakhs. This is the only way that the Kicks can compete with the Hyundai Creta. The Kicks will be built at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam. With significant part of the SUV already localized, spare part costs could be affordable as well.
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