Japanese automaker Nissan has launched its new compact SUV - Kicks in the domestic car market of India. The brand new Nissan Kicks has been launched in India at a starting price point of Rs. 9.55 lakhs, which goes up to Rs.14.65 lakhs (ex-showroom, India). The Kicks compact SUV is the first all-new car model from the house of Nissan India since the launch of the Terrano SUV.
Although the India-spec Nissan Kicks shares its name and design with that of the Kicks global model, it is larger than its international counterpart owing to its different platform. The India-spec Kicks SUV is based on the same B0 platform as that of its French cousin – the Renault Captur crossover.
The Nissan Kicks has been placed in the Indian car market as a premium quality compact SUV model to draw the Indian buyers in the highly competitive and fast expanding SUV market of the country. To justify its class, the just launched Kicks comes packed with a whole host of attractive features, which includes LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, electrically adjustable and fordable wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, cornering front fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels and more.
On the inside, the SUV is equally feature-rich along with a stylish interior design with chrome accents and leather seat upholstery. It offers equipments such as climate control with rear aircon vents, leather upholstery, cruise control, height adjustable driver’s seat, dual front airbags and much more. The SUV also offers a front armrest as standard across all variants.
The top of the range Nissan Kicks XV Premium + trim model obviously comes laden with additional bells and whistles to stand apart from the rest of the variants. The XV Pre-Option trim has been endowed with many premium equipments such as a large 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with many connectivity options including Apple Car Play and Android Auto support, front side airbags, traction control, ESP, hill hold assist and rear fog lamps among others. This variant also boasts of the first in segment feature of a 360-degree surround camera system to make the SUV more enticing to the modern Indian car buyers.
The all-new Nissan Kicks compact SUV comes in both petrol and diesel versions in the Indian market. The petrol version gets powered by a 1.5 litre petrol mill that generates a maximum power output of 106 PS along with a top torque of 142 Nm. It has been paired with a 5 speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel avatar of the Kicks packs in a 1.5 litre oil burner which is good to belt out 110 PS and 240 Nm, and gets coupled with a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox. The Kicks does not offer an automatic transmission option, but Nissan might launch one at a later stage. The SUV also doesn’t get an all-wheel drive system option, at least for now.
The Nissan Kicks comes with an aggressive and contemporary design language and is available in seven single tone and four dual tone exterior colour scheme options to choose from.
The price range of the all-new Nissan Kicks places it against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Jeep Compass, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the upcoming Kia SP Concept based SUV in India.