Japanese car maker, Nissan might be making headlines with the success of its new-gen Leaf EV and its new projects including the ProPilot system, but when it comes to the Indian market, the company has been experiencing a long lack luster period. However, Nissan has finally decided to get into action and boost its sales in the highly profitable Indian market by launching a slew of new models. One of the most anticipated upcoming products from Nissan in India is the Kicks SUV.
Although the Nissan officials have revealed to the media that the Nissan Kicks would hit the Indian market only in early 2019, the speculations and the wait around the Japanese compact SUV is constantly building up.
The Nissan Kicks will be placed above the Terrano in Nissan India’s product line-up. The India-spec Kicks will not be based on V platform that is used in the global version, in order to cut down costs. Instead it will be underpinned by the updated Renault M0 platform. The Renault M0 platform underpins many models in India - the Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster and Renault Captur. Nissan and Renault are partners, so they share platforms to offer cost effective models in India. The Kicks will be more premium and slightly bigger than the models mentioned, and will have a premium class similar to that of the Captur. This also means that Kicks will also rival is own cousin the Renault Captur.
When exterior styling is concerned, the Nissan Kicks is a contemporary SUV model, and flaunts the company’s latest design philosophy. The India-spec Kicks will be almost identical to its global counterpart in terms of styling. The SUV flaunts sporty and bold styling elements and an overall uber-cool look along with proper SUV stance. It features a ridged bonnet design, flared wheel arches and raked rear windscreen offer the Kicks a very bold, stylish and distinct visual appeal. Other features that add to the SUV’s oomph factor include Blackened A, B and C-pillars that offer a floating roof effect, and dual paint scheme.
The Nissan Kicks is a 5-seater premium SUV, and its cabin will be far more upclass than any other Nissan car in India. The cool and vibrant appeal of the exterior will be carried to the cabin as well. An interesting colour scheme is expected with lots of optional add-ons, a touchscreen infotainment system and important creature comfort features like climatic control will be part of its regular package.
India-spec Nissan Kicks is likely to share the powertrains with the Terrano, Duster and Captur. This means the 1.5L diesel motor offering 110 hp and a 1.6L petrol mill generating 106 hp with expected 6 speed manual and a 5 speed manual for the diesel and petrol versions, respectively. The petrol Kicks is also likely to get a CVT gearbox choice.
In short, the Nissan Kicks has all the good stuff to attract the young SUV buyers in India, provided Nissan prices it right, which the company is really working on as per rumours.