SPONSORED POST | 18 JANUARY, 2019
Nissan Comes Out With Fierce Competitor
With SUV demand on rage, Nissan do not want to trail behind with its outdated Terrano, so Nissan has brought us something from there international profile. The all-new Nissan Kicks is coming to India as a fierce competitor to the current leading SUV in the market, the Hyundai Creta. Kicks get a 1.5-liter Turbo petrol and diesel engine options with petrol engine making 120 bhp of total power and diesel engine churning out 108 bhp. It’s going to compete against the likes of Creta, Terrano, and Duster and can launch at an expected price of Rs. 9-14 lakhs.
● Kicks comes with 1.5-Liter Turbo petrol or diesel engine
● Petrol variant with power of 120 bhp and diesel variant with 108 bhp
● Expected Fuel efficiency of 16 km/l for petrol and 21 km/l for diesel
● Dimensions: 4384 x 1813 x 1656 (mm)
● Cargo capacity of 400 litres
● Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
● Nissan Vehicle Dynamic Control
Driving and Performance:
As far as build structure goes Kick is built upon the same platform as Terrano and Duster with the same engine profile and even with same power output. Kicks gives an amazing ride quality, much better than Creta. Kicks is not available in automatic transmission but its 1.5-litre engine with compliant five-speed manual gearbox gives a smooth driving experience. The suspensions are very well tuned enabling you to drive seamlessly, even on patchy terrain. Disk brakes are available at both back and front, which are very responsive. On highway, this beast can easily cruise at higher speeds and with a steering response like Kicks’, it is a perfect SUV.
The interior design of Nissan Kicks is very simple and intuitive. The soft touch leather on the dashboard makes the interior look even more appealing. Looking into the instrument cluster we have Tachometer at the left side and fuel gauge meter at the right with digital speedometer at the centre, also there is MID display which is a little small.
The infotainment system comes with 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Steering wheel is height adjustable but does not offer telescopic adjustment which could’ve been a better addition. The controls are very nice looking with retro finish, and right under the knobs sits a 12V power supple, one USB port, 1 AUX in and also start/stop button, which will take some time to get used to.
There is a centre armrest available both at front and back, with cup holders at the back. Seats offer great comfort and padded well enough to not tire you over a long journey. At the rear, leg room is adequate but low headroom can be a problem for tall people. Adjusting 3 at the rear won’t be a problem as the car is pretty wide.
The new Nissan Kicks comes with curvy and very dynamic exteriors. Looking from the front Kicks has a V-motion grille with chrome edges. The design is pretty aerodynamic and with chrome accents all-over it looks astonishing. With its aggressive front and dual-color scheme Kicks is indeed a Sports Utility Vehicle.
The rear profile is also very sporty due its well-integrated design. Taillights are boomerang shaped and bumpers are also duel toned. Kick has very good ground clearance of around 210 mm which is not found in any of its competitors.
Kicks comes with lots of safety features, like Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist is available in all the variants.
In Higher variants, we can also get Cruise control, Hill start assist and fog lamp along with cornering lamp.
Nissan kicks with its unique design and first in segment features is one hell of a car. This SUV is set to come out on 22nd January on Indian roads with ex-showroom price between 9-14 lakhs in Indian Rupees. If it is able to undercut Creta, then it could be a huge game changer for Nissan in the Indian Automobile market.