Japanese carmaker Nissan is set to enter the compact SUV segment with its Creta-rivaling Kicks SUV. The Nissan Kicks has been spotted testing once again and the video shows the interiors of the India-spec SUV for the first time. The Nissan Kicks test mule was spotted while testing in Tamil Nadu and the SUV’s exterior was heavily camouflaged. However, the video shows off how the interiors, including the dashboard, infotainment system and steering wheel, will look like when the Kicks arrives in India early next year.
The steering wheel on the Kicks mule looks to be a 3-spoke unit with multi-function controls. The infotainment setup looks to be similar to the Brazil-spec SUV, with what appears to be a large-ish touchscreen with knobs to control various settings. The dashboard contours over the infotainment display and the instrument binnacle, but does not seem to have any highlighting trim pieces.
The new Nissan Kicks for India will be larger than the SUV sold in the international markets. The reason for the size increase is the fact that the India-spec Kicks will be based on Renault-Nissan’s B0 architecture, which also underpins the Renault Captur for India. Both the Captur and Kicks for international markets are based on the Renault-Nissan alliance’s V platform, which is slightly shorter in length and more expensive to use. The use of the B0 platform will also help Nissan keep the price of the Kicks competitive in comparison to the Hyundai Creta.
The Nissan Kicks for India will draw power from the same duo of 1.5-litre engines powering the Renault Captur In India. The petrol engine is good for 105bhp and 142Nm of torque, while the diesel cranks out 119bhp and 240Nm of torque. Transmission options for the petrol will be a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox may also be on offer. The diesel is expected to make do with a 6-speed manual. The Kicks for India is expected to be a front-wheel-drive vehicle only.
The Nissan Kicks is expected to be priced aggressively with prices expected to start at around Rs 10 lakh, ex-showroom, when it arrives early next year. The Kicks will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and the Renault Captur.