Sales of the Nissan Kicks compact SUV seem to have drastically slowed down in the past couple of months. In June 2019, the Kicks actually sold less than the Terrano, which has been discontinued. Only the leftover stock of the Terrano are being dispatched to dealer stockyards across India. In June, Nissan dispatched only 128 units of the Kicks compact SUV while 132 units of the Terrano were dispatched. Slow sales of the Kicks is likely to result in big discounts in the coming months.
The Kicks was launched in January this year, with a starting price tag of Rs. 9.55 lakhs. The Kicks is positioned above the Terrano in terms of pricing and is offered with two engine options: a 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine option, in 108 Bhp-245 nm state of tune, and a 1.5 liter petrol motor with 106 Bhp-142 Nm. The plan was to phase out the Terrano and replace it with the Kicks. But until June 2018, Nissan has been dispatching both the Kicks and Terrano to dealers across India.
Coming to the current discounts on offer on the Nissan Kicks, the compact SUV gets the following: Rs. 70,000 cash discount + 3 year extended warranty + service pack + road side assistance. There are no official discounts on the Terrano although Nissan dealers may be offering dealer-level discounts to clear stocks. The Kicks sold in India is larger than the Latin American version. It shares its mechanicals and platform with the Terrano but gets a completely new top-hat that makes it look more modern than the Terrano.
As for equipment, the Kicks is quite loaded. Two airbags are on offer along with ABS, traction control, hill start assist and a segment-first 360 degree camera in terms of safety features. The interiors of the Kicks are quite plush when compared to the Terrano, with a leather covered dashboard, a touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, quilted leather, cruise control, push button start, keyless entry, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlamps.
A sore miss on the Nissan Kicks is an automatic option for the diesel engine despite the Terrano offering an AMT unit with the 1.5 liter diesel. Also, the Kicks shares the 1.5 liter petrol engine with the Renault Duster, which offers a CVT automatic option with this engine. Even the petrol-automatic option is missing in the Kicks’ variant line-up. The SUV’s direct competitor – the Hyundai Creta – offers automatic gearbox options on both the petrol and diesel trims. In the coming months, Nissan may introduce a petrol automatic option on the Kicks to drive sales. Also, come 2020, the diesel engined variants of the Kicks may be discontinued as Nissan’s alliance partner Renault has noted that the diesel engine will not be made Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) compliant in April 2020.