Nissan is preparing to go aggressive in the car market of India with its new car launch strategy. One of the upcoming big launches from the house of Nissan in India is the Kicks compact SUV model. The Nissan Kicks’ planned arrival in the Indian market has been rumoured for quite some time. Now, as per the recent reports, the Nissan Kicks SUV will launch in India in the month of January, 2019.
The India-spec Nissan Kicks SUV is expected to be a bit different from that of the international model. It will be based on a different platform and will also be altered to suite the Indian market conditions and preferences.
As per the recent reports, the India-spec Kicks will offer roomy interior along with an array of premium features and connectivity options. The Nissan Kicks will be positioned as a premium compact SUV model in India in the same segment as that of its cousin model – the Renault Captur. The Japanese automaker will offer its Kicks SUV in both petrol and diesel avatars, but the availability of the automatic variant has not yet been confirmed by the company.
Alfonso Albaisa, the Executive Design Director of the Nissan Group said that the India-spec Kicks will be different from the international model. The company is also expected to change the proportions of the SUV for the Indian market in order to offer a more spacious cabin, while the model will also get a host of connectivity options. The company will also put efforts to price the Kicks SUV aggressively.
The new trendily designed, contemporary and feature rich Nissan Kicks is a highly important future launch from the Japanese car maker in India, as the company is facing a tough time in the highly competitive Indian auto industry. Post its launch in the Indian market, the Nissan Kicks will be fighting with the likes of the segment ruler Hyundai Creta, while also competing with the Renault Captur and Mahindra Scorpio.
In India, the Nissan Kicks compact SUV is expected to get powered by the existing 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engines. The petrol mill has the capability to offer a max power output of 104 bhp along with 142 Nm of top torque, while the diesel motor is able of delivering a top power of 108 bhp and a peak torque of 240 Nm.
The petrol mill gets paired to a 5 speed manual transmission, while the diesel motor gets mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The international Kicks gets equipped with an all-wheel-drive system, but the Indian avatar of the SUV is unlikely to get it in order to be more cost-effective. Nissan is expected to offer an automatic variant of the Kicks in India.
With the SUV market greatly booming in India, the Kicks will be an important product for Nissan in the country. If packaged and priced right, the Kicks SUV could be the game changer for Nissan India. The Nissan Kicks’ trendy styling is aimed at attracting the young Indian buyers, and its expected price range is from Rs. 11 lakhs to Rs. 16 lakhs.