The Nissan Kicks, Datsun GO and Datsun GO+ currently have a manual transmission as standard. With an aim to attract customers seeking more a comfortable drive, Nissan will start offering a CVT option in these models soon. The latest development was revealed by Hardeep Singh Brar, Director, Sales and Commercial, Nissan India.
The Datsun GO and Datsun GO+ are powered by the HR12DE 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 50 kW (68 PS) at 5,000 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Linked with a 5-speed manual transmission, it returns a fuel economy of 19.83 km/l in both the hatchback and the estate.
The Nissan Kicks is offered with the 1.5L H4K naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and the 1.5L K9K dCi turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol engine develops 106 PS at 5,600 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, it returns a fuel economy of 14.23 km/l. The diesel engine develops 110 PS at 3,850 rpm and 240 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, it returns a fuel economy of 19.39 km/l or 20.45 km/l depending on the equipment line selected.
In addition to the introduction of a CVT in the Nissan plans to launch the Nissan Leaf in India. The Nissan Leaf's Indian launch was supposed to take place last fiscal but it has been postponed to this fiscal. Currently, pilot testing is undergoing to determine the range it can deliver in the country. There's no new high-volume model arriving in our market from any of the company's brands in the near future.