Nissan will officially launch their Kicks SUV on January 22, 2019. Bookings for the Kicks had begun back in December 2018, with the booking amount set at Rs 25,000. Customers can book the SUV at Nissan dealerships or on the brand’s website.
As we mentioned earlier, the India-spec Kicks is larger than its international counterpart as it is based on an updated version of Renault’s M0 platform, rather than the Nissan’s V platform. It measures 4,384mm in length, 1,813mm in width, 1,656mm in height, and has a 2,673mm long wheelbase.
Powering the Nissan Kicks are the same engines found under the hood of the Renault Captur. There is a 1.5-litre diesel motor that churns out 110hp and 240Nm of torque (mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox) and a 1.5-litre petrol engine putting out 106hp and 142Nm of torque (mated to a 5-speed manual). Nissan is likely to introduce automatic gearbox options for both engines in the future.
Inside, the Kicks features a few segment-firsts in terms of equipment. It gets a large 8.0-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, which doubles as a display for the 360-degree camera. The SUV also gets leather inserts on the dashboard – another segment first. Other features include automatic LED headlamps, automatic climate control, cruise control, automatic wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels.
When it arrives, the Kicks will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki S-cross, Renault Captur and the current segment leader, the Hyundai Creta. In order to be competitive, expect Nissan to price the Kicks between Rs 9.4 lakh and Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).