Nissan’s Kicks crossover will arrive in India in 2018, the company recently confirmed via Peyman Kargar, senior VP, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd and chairman of the management committee for Africa, Middle East and India.
The Japanese manufacturer is looking at breaking into the slightly upmarket SUV segment in India with its more premium SUV. The brand has not seen much success here; the Terrano was particularly overshadowed by its sister, the Renault Duster. The Kicks is Nissan’s attempt to change its fortunes and will be followed by a fresh model offensive by the manufacturer.
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Nissan Kicks:
Shares its platform with Renault’s Kaptur
Although the Kicks SUV sold in international markets is underpinned by Nissan’s V platform, the one coming to India will share its M0 underpinnings with Renault siblings like the Duster, Lodgy MPV and upcoming Captur. With many models based on a single platform and heavy localisation of parts, Nissan (and Renault) will be able to keep the pricing in check.
Shares engines with the Terrano
Along with the platform, the Kicks is also expected to share its engines and transmissions with Renault models. This means that we can expect the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine to make its way under the hood of Nissan’s latest SUV.
Shares Brazilian Kicks' styling
Unlike some of the previous Nissan models, which have shared styling with equivalent Renault counterparts, the Kicks is set to get its own distinctive body shell. The for-India Kicks will come with its own design that follows Nissan's family crossover styling theme, which gives it an identity of its own.
To be positioned above the Terrano
The Kicks will be Nissan’s equivalent to the Renault Captur and will sit above the current Terrano and compete with the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and the Tata Hexa. We can expect Nissan to also provide a healthy list of equipment such as a centrally mounted 7.0-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a part-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control and a flat-bottomed steering on the Kicks to go with its premium image as well.
Nissan's ambitious plans with the Kicks
Sources tell us that Nissan has set itself an ambitious target of selling 30,000 Kicks in its first full year of production, with an additional 20,000 units headed for countries around the world.
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