Self drive car platform ZoomCar has now inducted the Kicks into its ZAP subscription program. The Kicks is the latest SUV in ZoomCar’s car subscription program, and was launched in January this year. The SUV is available with two engine options: a 1.5 liter petrol with 106 Bhp-142 Nm and a 1.5 liter K9K turbocharged diesel with 108 Bhp-245 Nm. The petrol engine gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the diesel gets a 6 speed manual. A front wheel drive layout is standard with the SUV, and prices start from 9.55 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
Through the ZAP Zoomcar subscription program, the petrol powered XV trim of the Kicks can be subscribed to at Rs. 33,999/month for 36 months. If you choose to share your car with ZoomCar for a specific period of days every month, you get to reduce the monthly subscription charges. Assume you don’t use the vehicle during the weekdays, and plan to rent it out to Zoomcar users for say 4 days a week, your monthly subscription charges will reduce to Rs. 13,999.
Commenting on the latest development, Greg Moran, Co-Founder & CEO of Zoomcar, said,
The shared subscription model is a huge success with today’s customer, providing them with great comfort, convenience, and ultimate freedom. Also, we see more and more of our customers inclined towards lifestyle cars, next in line after Polo is the recent addition of Nissan KICKS . We are parallelly experiencing a surge in interest from OEMs every passing day, to have a structured strategic partnership with our unique model offering.
Currently, the Kicks is being sold at a discount of upto Rs. 1 lakh on account of poor sales. After a strong first month of sales, the compact SUV has been slipping, month on month. In the last couple of months, sales of the Nissan Kicks have fallen to triple digits, and in June, the SUV was overtaken even by the Terrano – a SUV that has been discontinued.
The diesel powered variants of the Nissan Kicks are likely to be discontinued in April 2020, when the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms come into force. Nissan and Renault have no plans to make the 1.5 liter K9K diesel engine comply with the tighter emission norms. This means that all diesel powered Renault and Nissan cars will be discontinued and only the petrol variants will continue to be on sale. The Kicks Diesel is also expected to get the chop, which is why ZoomCar is offering the petrol trim under its subscription program.