India-bound Nissan Kicks gets new accessories in Brazil
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Includes a bicycle mounting stand, storage box and crossbar.
Nissan Brazil has introduced a new range of accessories from Thule for the Nissan Kicks SUV that further improves its practicality for adventure and leisure seekers.
The accessories include transverse roof bar, luggage rack, storage box, and a bicycle mounting stand. The crossbar costs BRL 1,615, over which the storage box (BRL 865) or bicycle stand (BRL 470) can be integrated. All of the accessories can be fitted at any of the 166 dealerships Nissan has across Brazil. They are in addition to the existing range of accessories that include an aero kit (BRL 3,160), bumper frames (BRL 295), body-coloured plastic moulding across the side profile with Kicks branding and chrome finished exhaust pipe.
The Kicks is now available for Brazilians in three grades: S, SV and SL, with prices ranging between BRL 70,500 and BRL 97,300. All variants share a 1.6-litre flex-fuel unit, which produces 114 hp at 5,600 rpm and 15.5 kgfm (152 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via an XTRONIC continuously variable transmission in SV and SL grades, while the S grade gets a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Nissan Kicks is in the pipeline for launch in India, although it hasn’t been explicitly confirmed by Nissan India. It’s also being planned for export to other countries, with reports suggesting that 20,000 units will be exported in the first year of production in India.
Unlike the model sold in Brazil which rides on the V-Platform, the Kicks for India will be based on the Renault Duster’s platform, and is likely to share components with the upcoming Renault Captur (also based on the Duster). The Kicks will sit above the Nissan Terrano, and rival the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra Scorpio. Expect Nissan to either show or talk about the Kicks at the Auto Expo next February before its arrival in showrooms in Q3 2018.