Nissan Kicks compact SUV coming to India in 2017 – Report


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To be sold in South American markets, initially.

India Today reports to have received confirmation that Nissan will launch the Nissan Kicks compact SUV in India in 2017. The Nissan Kicks is slated to be sold in South American markets, initially.

Nissan Kicks Concept front quarters Press shot
The Nissan Kicks concept was presented at the 2014 edition of the Sao Paulo Auto Show.

Nissan has dropped a teaser of the production Kicks, and has confirmed its mass production at the Resende Industrial Complex in Brazil. It is expected to be unveiled at the 2016 Olympics in August, where Nissan is one of the major sponsors.

Technical details on the Nissan Kicks are scarce at this moment. Insiders have told Brazilian websites that the Kicks is based on Nissan’s V-Platform which supports the Micra and Sunny, and will pack a 1.8-liter Flex engine mated to a manual gearbox or a CVT. Note that Nissan’s V-Platform is highly localized in the Indian market, which would help the company in leveraging costs.

Nissan Kicks Concept rear quarter angle Press shot
The Nissan Kicks is, reportedly, based on Nissan’s V-Platform and will pack a 1.8-liter Flex engine.

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The Kicks was previewed by a concept model at the 2014 Sao Paulo Auto Show, and is claimed to have a “strong design statement” as well as “performance that customers crave”. The car’s design is a work of Nissan Design America, Nissan Design America Rio and Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan.

Nissan Kicks Concept – Image Gallery

[Source: India Today]

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