Nissan India has begun dispatching the Kicks compact SUV to dealerships across the country. The Nissan Kicks will be launched in India on the 22nd of January, and will take on the likes of the Renault Duster, the Renault Captur and the Hyundai Creta. Bookings for the Nissan Kicks are already open, and dealers are displaying the SUV to give customers a look and feel of the vehicle. However, test drives haven’t begun yet.
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In Nissan’s line-up for the Indian market, the Kicks replaces the Terrano. As for pricing, it’ll be interesting to see where Nissan prices its new SUV considering the fact that the Kicks offers a lot more than the Terrano in terms of features.
While the Terrano’s prices started from around Rs. 10 lakhs as it was a badge-engineered version of the Renault Duster, the Kicks could be offered at a similar price. This is because Nissan doesn’t need to avoid taking on the Renault Duster or Renault Captur directly as the Kicks is not a badge engineered vehicle.
However, the Kicks does share a lot of parts with the Renault Duster and Captur. In fact, the SUV uses the same B- Zero platform, and mechanicals. The petrol engine is a 1.5 liter unit with 104 Bhp-140 Nm while the diesel is the 1.5 liter K9K unit with 108 Bhp-240 Nm.
While the petrol engine uses a 5 speed manual, the diesel uses a 6 speed manual. Both gearboxes drive the front wheels, and there’s no all wheel drive option. Also, Nissan will not offer an automatic gearbox on either of the engines. It remains to be seen if the petrol gains a CVT automatic and the diesel, a 6 speed AMT, in future.
Key features of the Nissan Kicks include brown-black two tone interiors, leather seats, driver and passenger armrests, rear AC blower, four airbags, ABS+EBD, 360 degree parking camera that’s a best-in-segment offering, start- stop button, keyless entry, automatic headlamps, cruise control, steering column mounted audio controls, a touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, USB charging ports, powered wing mirrors with folding function and 4 powered windows. On the outside, 17 inch alloy wheels with a diamond cut finish, floating roof, two tone paint job and roof rails are prominent design touches.
These features make the Kicks the most feature-rich car that Nissan has launched in India. The Kicks will be the brand’s new flagship offering, and is expected to be the first major SUV launch that will open the floodgates for more such offering from the Japanese automaker. The Kicks will be built at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Chennai, alongside the Renault Duster and Captur. A high amount of localization is likely. This will allow Nissan to price spare parts of the new SUV competitively, and also ensure a lower cost of ownership in the long term.
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