- The India-spec Nissan Kicks will be slightly different than the one sold in international markets.
- Will rival the Hyundai Creta when launched early next year.
- The test mule revealed a seven-inch floating touchscreen on the inside.
Nissan India is planning to introduce the Kicks SUV in India next year. The test mule of the Hyundai Creta rival was spotted once again on the roads of Tamil Nadu after its first sighting earlier this month. This latest sighting afforded a brief glimpse inside the cabin, previewing the seven-inch floating touchscreen similar to the Brazilian-spec model.
The Indian-spec model of the Nissan SUV is expected to be slightly different from the international spec model. Based on the same B0 platform as the Renault Captur and Duster, the Kicks will measure around 4.3 meters. It will follow the Japanese carmaker’s newest design philosophy and get the V-Motion grille up front. The wrap around headlights and taillights will be prominent features of the Kicks along with the floating D-pillar.
On the inside, the Kicks will have a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with contrasting silver inserts. The dashboard will have a touchscreen infotainment screen mounted on the centre console instead of the integrated unit as seen on the international models. We expect the cabin to be feature loaded as well.
Powering the new Kicks will be the same 1.5-litre diesel motor in the 110bhp and 245Nm of tune while the petrol motor will the 1.5-litre producing 105bhp and 142Nm. Both these motors will be borrowed from the Captur and Nissan Terrano. The oil burner will get a five-speed manual transmission while the petrol will come with options of a six-speed or an automatic transmission.
We expect Nissan to price the Kicks around Rs 10 lakhs when it goes on sale in January 2019. It will face a stiff competition from the segment-leader Creta, apart from rivals like the Renault Captur, Mahindra Scorpio and the upcoming Tata Harrier and Kia SP Concept-based crossover. More details will be revealed in the days to come. So stay tuned to CarWale.