Japanese auto maker Nissan might be doing great globally, but not so in India. The Nissan car models in India have been witnessing plummeting demands, while the company’s cost-effective brand Datsun is also has a poor market performance in India. Thus, Nissan is planning a big time new model launch strategy for India in order to boost sales and have a strong hold on the lucrative Indian auto market.
In order to do well, Nissan really need to launch some attractive products in India, and the hot SUV segment is the best choice to do that. The Nissan Terrano compact SUV that fights with the Duster and Creta is aging and lost its charm. Thus, Nissan need to have new contenders like the new Kicks and Terra.
The Nissan Kicks and Nissan Terra could turn around the company’s fortunes in India, if Nissan can package them well along with competitive pricing for the Indian market.
Let’s take a quick look at what to expect from these two new Nissan SUVs if/when they come to India:
The Nissan Kicks is a compact SUV that went on sale recently in the U.S and China and will be replacing the Nissan Juke in other global markets.
It is said that the Nissan Kicks is being readied for the Indian launch. While globally the Kicks is based on the V platform, for India it could be based on the B0 platform that underpins the Terrano and Nissan’s partner Renault’s Captur and Duster.
The Nissan Kicks is a contemporary, sporty and feature-rich SUV that could really entice the Indian buyers. If based on the B0 platform in India, it will be bigger than its global version would be similar to be size of the Renault Captur.
The India-spec Nissan Kicks might get the same engines as that of the Captur, which is a 1.5 litre petrol offering 106 PS of top power and 142 Nm of top torque; and a 1.5 litre diesel motor delivering 110 PS and 245 Nm. Transmission duty might be handles by a CVT unit for the petrol variant and Renault’s Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission for diesel version.
The Nissan Kicks will be of more premium nature and loaded with goodies as compared against the Nissan Terrano and the Renault Duster. The aggressive styling of the Kicks will be complemented with smoked LED projector headlights, LED DRLs, machined alloys and dual-tone exterior scheme.
The Kicks gets a neat and smart minimalistic cabin design with cool list of equipments including a 7 inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support among whole lot others.
The Terra is a full-size 7-seater premium ladder-frame SUV based on the popular Navara pickup truck. It has been newly introduced in Chinese ahead of its other global market launch, which includes Thailand. The Nissan Terra is a direct competitor of the highly successful Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour (internationally Everest), and thus, it is thought that Nissan will consider bringing the Terra in our market.
The Terra is likely to get both or one of the diesel motors offered on the Navara, namely - 2.3 litre twin-turbocharged and 2.5 litre units. It will also get Navara’s 2.5 litre petrol engine. Internationally, these engines are paired with manual as well as automatic transmission options.
The brand new Nissan Terra is a stylish, strong and feature-rich contemporary model. Given the popularity of premium SUVs in India, launching Terra in India would be a wise decision on Nissan’s part.