It has been already reported that Japanese car maker Nissan is preparing to launch a slew of new models in the Indian car market in 2018. One of the upcoming Nissan models in India is the Kicks compact SUV. Nissan is expected to launch the Kicks as a more premium compact SUV model in India and it is likely to go against its own cousin, the recently launched Renault Captur. The Nissan Kicks’ crash test ratings have been revealed by the Latin NCAP. The Brazil-spec model of the Kicks has achieved a respectable Four Star rating in the latest Latin NCAP crash tests.
Now, India is expected to get the almost identical Nissan Kicks model which is available in the Brazilian car market, as the car markets of these two countries are very similar. However, the India-spec Kicks would be based on a different platform. The Brazilian Nissan Kicks is based on the V-platform and gets equipped with safety features such as 2 front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), seat belts with pre-tensioners and Isofix mounts for child seat. The SUV managed to get the impressive 4 Star ratings in both adult occupancy and child occupancy tests.
The Kicks compact SUV model was not awarded the highest achievable Five-Star rating, as the Latin NCAP did not find the vehicle’s structure to be stable enough and the foot area was also found less during the frontal impact tests. The SUV could not attain Five Stars in child occupancy tests, as it lacks the airbag deactivation function for child passengers, while the Isofix alert system is also lacking. However, the SUV was judged to be pretty good even in the lateral crash test rounds.
As mentioned above, the international Nissan Kicks is based on the company’s V-platform, but for the Indian car market, the compact SUV is expected to be based on the M0 architecture in order to make it more cost efficient in the price sensitive market of India. The M0 platform currently underpins Nissan’s French partner Renault’s Duster and Captur compact SUV models in India. However, the low-cost M0 platform is not as sturdy as the Nissan V-Platform, and is a drawback in terms of safety.
The arrival of the Nissan Kicks compact SUV in the Indian car market in 2018, has been already confirmed by the Japanese company in an effort to boost its sales in the country. Under the hood, the Kicks is expected to get equipped with the same 1.5 litre K9K diesel motor that does the duty under the hood of the Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Renault Captur in India.
The Nissan Kicks will be positioned above the compact Terrano SUV in Nissan’s India lineup. Post its Indian launch, the Kicks will be fighting out with the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Renault Captur and Hyundai Creta. The Kicks is expected to be priced in the range of around Rs. 9 lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs.