Nissan Kicks made its Indian debut on January 22, 2019 and was built on a different platform as compared to other global Nissan Kicks models. Now the auto company is planning the launch of its facelift model in the country sometime around June of this year.
We’ll discuss everything that will be new in the SUV, all the updates and everything else that has remained the same. As compared to the Nissan V Platform of foreign Kicks models, the Renault and Dacia B0 platform-built Kicks of India is slightly larger yet similar in design to the original vehicle. For the new facelifted model, the company has kept its original powertrain intact and mainly focused on updating the looks of this SUV.
The fresh version was first revealed in December 2020 and since then the car maker has expressed its plans of launching the updated vehicle in various markets. Before coming to India, the automobile is set to make an appearance in North America sometime in the month of February. Though the Japanese-spec Kicks boasts an updated hybrid powertrain, the Indian counterpart is expected to sport the same 1.6-litre engine as before. Major changes to the outer fascia include a new V-motion hexagonal front grille similar to the Asian Kicks e-Power, flanked on both sides with fresh LED headlamp design. Outer redesign of the Kicks has mostly been centred on the vehicle front while the sides and rear area have remained untouched except for the rear bumper, tail light cluster and fresh alloy-wheels.
Major upgrades on the inside include styling changes to the dash with a newly added infotainment system accessible through an 8-inch touch display. The system supports Nissan’s in-car tech as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition to tangible updates like these, the new Kicks SUV also comes with a horde of features like an electronic parking brake and a centre armrest. The revised vehicle has been appraised to cost somewhere in the INR 10 lakh to 15 lakh range when it launches in India. The 2019 Kicks for India had already undergone slight tweaks to suit the market needs and the facelift is expected to carry forward most of those changes. Facelifted Kicks SUV will rival the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Honda WR-V, Mahindra Thar, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300.
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