Nissan is planning to launch its SUV Kicks in India by next year, slotting it above the Terrano, reported Autocar India. The SUV made its official debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brazil and will be launched around the second half of 2018 in India. The concept of compact SUV Kicks was designed under the Nissan Design America (NDA) San Diego, California and Nissan Design America (NDA-R) – the company’s Brazil-based satellite design studio.
The Kicks crossover will be based on the CMF-B platform, that underpins the Renault Duster and it design will be based on the V-platform that is used for the Nissan Sunny and Nissan's hatchback, Micra. The Kicks will get exterior features such as V-shaped front grille, sleeker headlamps with fog lamps, blackened out C-pillars and alloy wheels.
Dimensionally, the Kicks measures, 4,295 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width, 1,590 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. Inside the cabin, the Kicks get features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, steering wheel with controls, start/stop button, automatic climate control, an instrument cluster integrated large color MID and analog speedometer.
The Brazilian version of Kicks is powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder( ethanol/ petrol) engine that delivers power between 105hp to 110 hp. The engine is mated to a five speed manual transmission or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). For India, the specifications are not yet revealed but it is expected that the Kick will be powered by a 1.6 litre engine as in the Brazilian Kicks or might get a 1.5 litre petrol and 1.4 diesel engine.
The Kicks SUV will be manufactured at the Chennai plant of the Renault-Nissan alliance. While there is no information on the price of the Nissan Kicks, it will be positioned above the Terrano and hence would be priced at a premium of around 20 to 25 % over the Terrano's price.