New Nissan Kicks Overview
To be launched in January 2019, the new Nissan Kicks will be the first of many new products across the Nissan and Datsun brand, which the company plans to introduce over the next few years. Based on the V-platform, the Kicks SUV is already on sale at an international level.
However, interestingly, the India-spec version will be based on the B0 that also underpins the Renault Duster and Captur, as well as the Nissan Terrano. Consequently, the India-spec Nissan Kicks is expected to sport a longer wheelbase as compared to its international version, while also offering improved cabin space and boot capacity.
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That being said, the design will comply with Nissan’s global design language featuring the V-motion front grille. The sketches reveal beefed wheel arches, raked A-pillar and an agile stance on the compact SUV, Car buyers can also expect LED equipped headlamps and boomerang-shaped taillights, which lend a sporty look to the car. Its rugged under-body cladding gives it a sturdy look. The car also gets floating roof design and blacked out pillars, providing the model with a triple-tone colour scheme.
It will be positioned as a premium offering of the company’s stable, just above the Terrano. As far as the mechanical configuration is concerned, it is likely to be the same as the Renault Captur as it will be powered by the same 1.5 litre diesel engine that is tuned to churn out 108bhp and 240Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. In all likelihood, the 1.5 litre petrol with 106bhp will also be offered. What is yet to be revealed is whether Nissan will introduce the automatic version of the Kicks at the time of the launch.
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The Nissan Kicks SUV which is on sale globally is 4295mm long, 1760mm wide and the wheelbase stands at 2619mm. However, for the India-spec model, the length is expected to be around 30mm more, and the wheelbase will most probably go up by almost 54mm, which implies there will be more space between the wheels and it also translates into more legroom for the rear passengers. It is also accompanied by 17 inch 5 spoke alloy wheels, which complements the side profile.
However, this feature is expected to be available only in the higher variants. Once it forays into the Indian automobile market, this offering is expected to rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta. It has been designed and built with GRAPHENE (Gravity-philic Energy Absorption) body structure.