Nissan Kicks Teased India 1

Nissan Kicks has been teased in India with first official sketches as the brand prepares to launch the Hyundai Creta in the coming months

Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd has officially revealed first sketches of the upcoming Kicks for the domestic market today. The Japanese manufacturer says the premium SUV stands to offer what “India’s new consumer wants” emphasising the agility on urban conditions and explore terrain.

It comes grafted with the brand’s signature V-motion front grille in line with global design language. The Indian version of Kicks remains visually identical to the overseas model but Nissan says it will be “bigger and more evolved”. It is expected to have a bigger boot and longer wheelbase for increased interior space in the Indian market.

Sharing plenty of underpinnings with the underwhelming Renault Captur, the Kicks has a modern cabin with top-end variants boasting eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, cruise control, automatic climate control, reverse parking camera and sensors, etc.

The five-seat SUV will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta and upcoming Tata Harrier. While the global version of Kicks is based on Nissan’s V platform, the India-spec model sits on the Renault Duster’s updated M0 architecture and is positioned above the long-serving Terrano. As for the powertrain, the Nissan Kicks will use the same units from Terrano and its Renault cousins.

Nissan Kicks Teased India

The 1.5-litre diesel engine making 110 horsepower and 1.6-litre petrol engine 106 horsepower will do the propelling duties. The transmission works will be performed by a five-speed manual on petrol, six-speed manual on diesel and a CVT automatic on petrol in select variants.

Expected to launch around the same period as Harrier in early 2019, the Kicks will be slotted in Rs. 9 lakh to Rs. 14 lakh price bracket (ex-showroom). The arrival of Kicks has been a long time coming and is expected to strengthen Nissan’s premium portfolio in India and to address customers seeking premium SUVs.