The key exterior features of the Nissan Kicks include LED projector headlamps with LED signature, automatic headlamps, front fog lamps with cornering function, rear fog lamps, floating roof with contrasting color, shark fin antenna, functional roof rails, body side mouldings, skid plates, and 17-inch machined alloy wheels.
The SUV measures 4,384 mm in length, 1,813 mm in width and 1,656 mm in height (with roof rails). Wheelbase measures 2,673 mm and ground clearance is at 210 mm. The India-spec Kicks is much larger compared to the model sold in the international markets, thanks to the Duster platform.
Accessing the interiors will be with a smart card keyless entry system. Features inside include dual-tone Brown & Black theme, leather-wrapped soft touch dashboard & door trims, auto AC which is standard across the range, 8.0-inch floating infotainment system with support for Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, 360-degree camera, Nissan Connect which keeps the vehicle connected via smartphone app, driver seat height adjustment, cruise control, ambient lighting, cooled glove box, and rain sensing wipers.
More features include rear armrest with cup holders, rear AC vents, anti-pinch power windows, speed-sensing auto door lock/unlock, and rear parking sensors with camera. Boot space measures 400 litres.
Safety kit includes airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and Hill-start Assist.
The Nissan Kicks borrows the powertrains from its cousin, the Duster. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre (1,498 cc) 4-cylinder unit, producing 105 bhp @ 5,600 rpm and 142 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The diesel is a 1.5-litre (1,461 cc) 4-cylinder unit too, producing about 109 bhp @ 3,850 rpm and 240 Nm of torque @ 1,750 rpm, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Looks like there won’t be an automatic transmission at launch.
The turning radius of 5.2 m is claimed to be the best in its class. The Kicks will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta which is the segment leader in India, and the established ones such as Ford EcoSport, Nexon and Brezza too, to a certain extent.