The much-anticipated Nissan Kicks compact SUV will officially go on sale in the Indian market on January 22, 2019. Bookings for the Kicks SUV have already been commenced at a token amount of Rs 25,000, while deliveries are likely to commence soon after the launch. Interested buyers can book the Kicks SUV at authorised Nissan dealerships or via the brand's official website.
Nissan Kicks is the brand's global model, which is currently on sale in select international markets like Brazil. The India-spec model is bigger in size and more feature-loaded than the global model. The international-spec Kicks is built of Nissan's V-platform that also underpins the Micra and the Sunny sedan. In order to curb pricing, Nissan has opted for the heavily localised MO platform for the India-spec Kicks. This platform underpins the Renault Captur, Duster and the Nissan Terrano.
The India-spec Nissan Kicks is bigger than its direct rival Hyundai Creta. It is 114mm longer, 33mm taller and 26mm taller than the Creta. In terms of proportions, the Kicks is 4,384mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,656mm in height. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,673mm, which is again 83mm more than the Korean counterpart.
Nissan Kicks compact SUV will share mechanics with the Renault Captur. It will be powered by a tried & tested 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that is capable of producing 110bhp of power and 240Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol version gets a 1.5-litre engine that churns out 106bhp of power and 142Nm of torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company might launch the automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive system at the later stage.
The Nissan Kicks compact SUV is equipped with several segment-leading features. It features a large 8.0-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This also works as a display for the segment-first 360-degree camera. There is leather treatment on the dashboard, which is another segment first feature. The SUV gets automatic LED headlamps, automatic climate control, cruise control, rear AC vents, etc. The SUV rides on 17-inch machined-cut alloy wheels.
The Nissan Kicks will rival the likes of the Renault Captur, Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Tata Harrier. It is likely to undercut the prices of its direct rival Hyundai Creta. The SUV could be priced in the range of Rs 9 lakh to Rs 14 lakh.