The Kicks is the latest compact SUV model from the house of Nissan which replaces the Nissan Juke in the international market. Nissan is betting big on the Indian car market and is planning to launch a slew of new products here, one of which is the Kicks. With the Kicks, Nissan wants to make a mark in the one of the most popular segments in the car market of India and improve its customer appeal. Nissan India has already confirmed that the Nissan Kicks will hit the Indian market in January 2019.
However, as the Indian SUV market is highly competitive with several highly popular products, one would wonder how Nissan plans to establish its new Kicks in this cut-throat space, especially when the Terrano couldn’t do much. Then again, upon its Indian launch, the Nissan Kicks would go up against the segment leader the Hyundai Creta and the likes, which seems to be a huge challenge.
Let’s check out what ammunitions the Nissan Kicks will be loaded with to fight the tough battle in the compact SUV segment of India:
Dimensions & Design
The Nissan Kicks is 4295 mm long, making it longer than one of its rivals the Hyundai Creta, but shorter in height at 1590 mm. However, as the India-spec Kicks will be based on a different platform, it is expected to be even longer and taller as well than its global counterpart.
Looks-wise, the Kicks has a stylish and contemporary design language, making it a perfect urban SUV model. The SUV also boasts of a great build quality and high quality materials to make things more attractive and premium.
The Kicks flaunts an aggressively styled U-shaped radiator grille finished in chrome that looks too blingy, but the Indian audience should like it. It has prominent character lines and a sculpted rear design to add to the overall good looks of SUV.
The Nissan Kicks is likely to come with an array of customization options including dual-tone coloured roof and more similar to its cousin, the Renault Captur.
While the global Kicks is based on the expensive Clio platform, the India-spec model will be based on the more affordable M0 platform that also underpins the Renault Captur.
Cabin & Features
The Nissan Kicks comes with a neat and sophisticated cabin that is impressive and spacious. The rear seats are more comfortable with good legroom and head space. The global SUV offers neat looking dashboard with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto support, rear parking camera with sensors and much more, which the base variant lacks. The cabin is done with attention to detail, with high quality materials and great fit and finish, while the seating arrangement has been made very supportive and comfortable. The India-spec Kicks is likely to get a black-beige cabin with a premium piano black finished centre console and dashboard.
The global Nissan Kicks comes with a refined engine and offers lively and constant good performance. The India-spec Kicks will share is powertrains with the Renault Duster, meaning a 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engine choices. It might get mechanical updates to offer a sportier drive experience.
While theRenault Captur couldn’t generate the expected response in India, the Nissan Kicks with its better quality, youthful looks and feel and fun drive experience is certainly expected to do much better in the Indian market. The Kicks could even be a game changer for Nissan here.