The 2020MY Nissan Kicks features substantial improvements in terms of cosmetics and equipment
Ahead of its official introduction in Thailand, the Nissan Kicks crossover has been leaked in full on social media. News regarding a new major update to the popular ‘urban SUV’ was floating around the internet for quite some time. In fact, multiple spy shots of the 2020MY Nissan Kicks were shared from various ASEAN regions over the past few months. We have also shared an interesting picture of a batch of undisguised production-ready 2020 Nissan Kicks units being transported somewhere in Thailand, amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
One the other hand, the Indian market is yet to receive the BS6-compliant 2020MY Nissan Kicks. It is expected to launch in a few weeks’ time as shared on an official dealer booklet. The brochure reveals some key details such as the introduction of a new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine.
Coming to the facelifted Thai-spec Nissan Kicks, it features the Japanese brand’s ‘e-Power’ series hybrid powertrain. Reports state that the system comprises of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor and an electric motor coupled to a 1.5kWh battery pack, to produce a combined output of roughly 150bhp.
Unlike a traditional hybrid vehicle, a series hybrid or ’range extender’ employs the ICE power plant as a generator to charge the battery and also to run the motor. In other words, the petrol or diesel mill is used as an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) and does not directly drive the wheels. Nissan’s ‘e-Power’ range of products can also run on full-electric mode.
Cosmetic changes include full-LED swept-back headlamps and wrap-around tail lamps. It rides on bigger five-spoke wheels and showcases significant upgrades in terms of interior equipment and material quality. At the moment, it is unsure whether it will come in the same format in global markets. It was only recently that Nissan shared its plans to exit Europe to concentrate on markets such as the US, China and Japan.
Another detail worth noting is that the new Thai-spec Nissan Kicks continues to wear the current Nissan badge and not the new logo one that was revealed earlier in the year. While the Thailand market receives a major revamp, the upcoming India-spec Nissan Kicks BS6 is aesthetically identical to its BS4 counterpart. There will be two four-cylinder petrol engine choices: HR13 1.3 turbo and H4K NA. The former makes 154bhp and 254Nm (highest in its class) while the latter is good for 105bhp and 142Nm. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or 8-step CVT and a 5-speed manual, respectively. In India, the Nissan Kicks replaces the Terrano.