Nissan has officially confirmed that it will launch the Kicks SUV in the Indian market in 2018, Paymen Kargar, senior VP, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, and Chairman of Management Committee for Africa, Middle East and India said: “Our next product for the Indian market is the Kicks and it will come next year.” Since the Terrano in October 2013, Nissan has not launched a new model (other than the GT-R in December 2016) in India, and with the Kicks, it hopes to kick off (pun intended) a fresh wave of new products wearing the company badge. “We have a pipeline of future Nissans coming to India and the model line-up is fruitful to be international, but we will take care of Indian tastes,” said Kargar.
Like the Renault Captur, the Nissan Kicks will also be based on Renault’s tried and tested M0 platform which also underpins the Duster. Kargar sees this as an advantage. “Having the future Kicks on an established coalition platform is really a benefit, not just at an investment level but also in terms of quality and price. When you have a platform used for multiple models, then the effort you make in ensuring quality is very high.”
However, unlike the earlier Nissan models, which have joint styling with comparable Renault models, the Kicks gets its own distinctive body shell which follows the Japanese brand’s family crossover design theme and that gives it an identity of its own. On the inside, the Kicks’ dashboard will feature a centrally attached 7.0-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a part-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, a flat-bottomed steering, and dual-tone upholstery inserts.
Unlike the Terrano, which is essentially a badge-engineered Duster, the Kicks will have its own Nissan identity and, more importantly, won’t be obliged to get Renault’s nod for every small refresh or upgrade during its life cycle. The Nissan Kicks will rival against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and the Honda BR-V. Not Just Kicks, Nissan will also introduce the Datsun GO Cross crossover and X-Trail Hybrid SUV in the country.