Launched on 23rd January 2019, the new Nissan Kicks is 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 is 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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Nissan has finally announced the prices for its new Kicks SUV, which will be somewhere between Rs. 9.55 lakh and Rs. 14.65 lakh. It is touted as a fitting competitor to the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, and the Renault Captur. You can also avail a subscription package if you do not want to buy this offering right away, for a price of Rs. 11 per kilometre.
This latest entrant of the Indian automobile market is based on an updated version of Renault Nissan’s M0 platform, and it is also interesting to note that this Nissan SUV is larger and roomier on the inside as compared to its international counterpart. It has been designed and built with GRAPHENE (Gravity-philic Energy Absorption) body structure.
Exterior– Just a glance at the new Nissan Kicks, and you will be fascinated by the aura that it exudes. The exterior look complies with Nissan’s global design language featuring the V-motion front grille. It is quite a large car with thr length spanning over 4.3 metres. In fact, it is wider and longer than the current benchmark in the market, the Hyundai Creta.
While most of its breed are termed as ‘crossovers’, Nissan prefers to call the Kicks a ‘progressive SUV’, which is not far from the truth, since it promises a massive ground clearance and muscular stance. It flaunts 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.
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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 wheel. 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.
Interior– As far as the interior is concerned, the new Nissan Kicks comes with a plethora of features. Besides the abundant use of leather, you cannot help but notice the dual tonne brown and black theme that lends an upmarket feel to the cabin. Car-lovers will also be impressed by the soft touch materials on the centre of the dashboard, door armrest and the centre armrest.
The around view monitor which is one of a kind, lets you easily transform that imagination into reality like never before. All the four corners of the vehicle get cameras that give you a 360 degree view of your surroundings, right at your screen.
When it comes to entertainment, you will surely be delighted by the first-in-class inbuilt floating 8.0 A-IVI touchscreen paired with the speed-sensing auto volume control. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is interesting to note that the car, though bold and rugged from the outside, is cozy and comfortable once you get into the cabin.
There are ample amount of driver and passenger aids that ensure supreme comfort for your journey, including cruise control settings, climate control dials, window switch panels, etc.
The Nissan Intelligent Mobility provides you with a connected car technology along with smartwatch connectivity as a component of NissanConnect, which runs around-the-clock, promising the best in safety, security, and convenience for every passenger. The instrument panel has taken cues from other Renault models, but sports a fresh layout.
Engine specifications – Under the hood, the new Nissan Kicks boasts of a robust engine that allows the SUV to instantly accelerate even at higher gears. Thanks to Nissan’s Intellitune H4K Petrol Engine/K94 dCi Diesel engine, you can scamper away from the city lights in no time at all.
The 5-speed transmission for petrol and the 6-speed transmission for diesel deliver the exact amount of power to the wheels. The ECO mode, which is only present in the diesel variant, improves the fuel efficiency of this offering without remotely compromising on the electrifying performance of the engine.
Performance and Handling– Coming to performance and handling, Nissan Kicks utilizes an Intelli-Quiet NVH Technology that offers an overall enjoyable drivability. What’s more, the first-in-class around view monitor and the class-leading ground clearance of 210mm makes the SUV a very intelligent pick, almost making it invincible.
The turning radius of 5.2m and tyre size of 215/60 R17 alloy wheels facilitates manoeuvring the car around in the city and on the highway as well. Cruising at triple digit speeds is a breeze, thanks to the meaty midrange. However, there is noticeable lag below 2000rpm and the car judders occasionally even while tackling bumpers at second gear. The gears are precise, but the clutch might feel slightly on the heavier side.
Safety– When it comes to safety fitments, buyers can expect dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD and brake assist, speed-sensing auto-lock and rear defogger as standard.
The rearview camera and front fog lamps are offered from XV onwards, while only the top-spec XV Premium Plus variant gets front side airbags, rear fog lamps, follow-me-home headlamps and 360-degree camera view. However, one may feel the lack of ISOFIX child seat anchors to be quite a letdown.
Fuel Efficiency– In terms of fuel economy, this SUV offers the best-in-class mileage with around 14.23kmpl in petrol and 20.45kmpl in diesel variants as per the ARAI certification.
Colour options– Buyers would be impressed by the multiple colour options which include, Deep Blue Pearl, Pearl White, Night Shade, Fired Red with Onyx Black, Blade Silver, Amber-Orange, Pearl White with Amber Orange, and Pearl White with Onyx Black.
Ground Clearance -It also boasts of a ground clearance of 210mm, the same as that of Renault Captur and higher than the likes of Tata Harrier.
Boot space– When it comes to luggage capacity, the boot space that it offers is 400 litres.
Trim Levels– There are four trim levels on sale- XL, XV, XV Premium and XV Premium+. All variants get seven options with regard to exterior paint, though only the XV Premium+ has dual-tone paint schemes as an extra.
In the near future, following a few new launches, the Nissan Kicks will face tough competition from the Kia SP2i SUV, Skoda’s made-for-India SUV based on the soon-to-be-unveiled Kamiq, Jeep Renegade, and Volkswagen T-Cross. The Kicks is evidently Nissan’s powerful contribution to the burgeoning compact SUV segment.
With almost every automaker producing at least one in their stable, Nissan just had the Terrano in its arsenal, which had anyway turned somewhat dated. Its latest strategy is mainly constituted of bringing in products from its international portfolio, with Kicks being the first one.
Even though the Kicks had already been forayed into international markets, the Indian model has been specially tailored to suit the local conditions. Overall, it flaunts smart looks, has the right proportions, and is sure to leave a positive impression.
The interiors too are sure to delight anyone with the plush leather finish and big touchscreen infotainment system being major attractions. Besides, it is also equipped with auto headlamps, auto wipers and an ingenious new feature – the 360 degree surround view, which is no less than a boon when it comes to parking in tight spots.
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