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Nissan Kicks set to launch soon

Arijit Roul / 08 Mar 2018

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Nissan has been struggling to have a credible presence in the country. The Terrano SUV that the company launched initially had shown much promise, but later on failed to match expectations in terms of building up sales momentum. Nissan contemplates the Kicks SUV to have better success in the Indian market. It was first unveiled at Rio de Janerio in Brazil as a compact SUV model and it is now being promoted in different international markets as a global product.

Nissan Kicks exteriors showcase a design that is based on the V platform with the underpinnings of the design being similar to Sunny sedan or the Micra hatchback. This compact SUV would feature several signature aspects such as a V motion grille with chrome accents, headlamps that are shaped as boomerangs, skid plate silver in color and fog lamps stylishly designed. The final model resembles the concept car that was showcased in the motor show at Sao Paulo. The car has conventional style traits as that of a conventional SUV. The car has a muscular fascia in front along with distinct rear bumpers and ground clearance of a high level. The car comes with a floating roof that has a wrap around visor. The flared arches on the wheels are also distinctive.

Nissan Kicks come with a longer wheelbase than what characterizes as a sub 4 meter compact SUV in this country. However, it is expected that the wheelbase length would be modified to make it fit the sub compact SUV category in the country. The interiors of the car complement the exteriors with a spacious boot space and generous legroom. The dashboard design has a gliding wing feature that comes in a light tan and black colors. The dashboard has a seven inch touch screen infotainment unit with an instrument cluster that has multi information display feature. The steering wheel that is flat bottomed and leather wrapped has integrated controls on it.

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The Brazilian model is powered by a 1.6 liter petrol as well as ethanol engine which is paired with a five speed manual as well as a CVT automatic transmission system. It is likely that the Indian model would come with a 1.5 liter diesel engine variant as well. It is expected to be priced between Rs 7.5 to 11 lakhs. At that price range the car would contend with competitor models like Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and others.

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