India-spec Nissan Kicks premium SUV will be revealed next month before going on sale in January; to compete against Hyundai Creta
Nissan will be launching a new premium SUV in the first month of next year for domestic customers and its official sketches were revealed a few days ago. The Kicks SUV is a no stranger to international markets and following its debut as a concept in 2014, it entered Brazil two years later as official car for Rio Olympics.
Having been teased already, the India-spec Nissan Kicks will be unveiled on October 18, 2018 – the month with a slew of launches in store. The domestic-bound Kicks will have several differences compared to the model on sale in foreign markets, just as the Renault Captur despite having similar visual identities.
The India-spec Nissan Kicks is based on the same cost effective M0 platform as the Terrano or Duster that has been in the business for over six years. It will likely have bigger dimensions compared to the V-platform based global model and therefore more interior room and boot volume can be expected.
Going by the spy shots, the interior will boast a range of premium features including an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, cruise control, push button start/stop, reverse parking camera, steering integrated controls, navigation, large colour MID, automatic climate control, etc.
As for the safety features, it will get ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), airbags, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Creep Control and Hill Start Assist. Despite using a 1.6-litre four-cylinder flex-fuel engine in Brazil, India will stick with the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel units found in the Terrano making 102 bhp and 108 bhp respectively.
Transmission options will include a five-speed petrol MT or petrol CVT as well as a six-speed diesel MT. Competing against Hyundai Creta and upcoming Tata Harrier, the five-seater will be positioned above the Terrano in a price range similar to the Renault Captur between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 14 lakh (ex-showroom).