Nissan teases Kicks mini SUV in a new livery ahead of showcase – Brazil
Posted on: Jan 30, 2015 - 2:10pm IST
Will launch in Brazil next year.
Nissan will showcase the Kicks mini SUV once again at a festival in Brazil. Set to be revealed at the Rio de Janeiro carnival, the Kicks will be shown in a new livery, report local media outlets.
The Kicks concept was first showcased at the Sao Paulo Motor Show of 2014, with production expected to start next year at Nissan’s Resende plant. According to sources, a compact SUV based on the Kicks will be introduced in India as well, as the Japanese car maker needs to strengthen its portfolio to achieve its target of 8 percent market share.
Measuring 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall, the Kicks concept is designed by Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego, United States, and Nissan Design America Rio (NDA-R). The concept at the Sao Paulo show rode on 19-inch wheels and featured a contrast roof color.
Nissan did not disclose the powertrain of the Kicks at the show. For the Brazilian market though, the Kicks could use the 1.6-liter flex-fuel engine which is also found on the Versa (Nissan Sunny). For markets with diesel requirements, the tried-and-tested 1.5-liter K9K diesel unit could be called to action.
Competitors: Honda Vezel (Honda HR-V), Fiat 500X, Renault Duster
Expected Price: 60,000-70,000 Reals (INR 15-18 lakhs)
Launch date in Brazil: 2016