Nissan had launched the Kicks SUV in the Indian market a couple of months ago and now they have come with a new concept based on the recently launched SUV. Nissan is calling it Kicks Surf Concept. This concept is specifically designed for people who often go out to surf.
On the outside the Kicks Surf looks similar to the SUV recently launched in India. It gets a bright blue paint scheme on the outside which resembles a lot with the beach theme. Apart from the blue colour, the bumper, front grille, fog lamp housing and the roof is painted in bright yellow colour.
The roof rails on the Kicks Surf are redesigned to carry Surf boards on the top and this adds a bit of practicality to it. Other elements present in the Kicks Surf concept are changing booth and has a portable shower. It even has a rear deck dedicated to keep wet suits and other items.
This whole concept is the brainchild of Nissan with inputs from two professional surfers Alejo and Santiago. Among them Santiago was the first world champion in 2011. As of now there is no information is available whether Nissan would put Kicks Surf Concept to production.
Talking about the regular Nissan Kicks that was launched earlier, it is an entirely new SUV. It is bigger than the Kicks already available in international market. It is based on B-Zero platform which we have already seen on Renault Captur SUV. The engines on the Kicks and Captur are shared.
The petrol engine is the 1.5 liter unit with 104 Bhp-140 Nm while the diesel is a 1.5 liter turbocharged K9K unit with 108 Bhp-240 Nm. Both engines get manual gearboxes, and there’s no automatic transmission even as an option. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the diesel variant gets a 6-speed manual gearbox. Nissan might offer an automatic variant with the petrol engine in future depending upon the demand.
Nissan has priced Kicks SUV competitively. Prices start at Rs 9.55 lakh for the base XL variant and go up till 14.65 lakh for the top end XV Premium Plus trim. All the prices mentioned above are ex-showroom. The Kicks competes with the likes of the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta. It’s currently Nissan’s best selling vehicle, and is the first among many new SUVs that the Japanese automaker has planned for the Indian car market as a part of its new strategy.