The Nissan Kicks crossover design concept which world premiered at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in 2014 has been confirmed for production. The Japanese automaker has revealed that the car will enter production in Brazil in 2016 before going on sale globally.
The company has confirmed that market study for the introduction of the global crossover is going on in several regions. India, being a crossover friendly market, is most likely to be one of the early destinations of the Kicks. The Latin America-spec SUV will be produced at the Resende Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro state. The plant will receive an investment of USD 192 million for the purpose. Following the commencement of production, the Kicks is said to generate 600 new jobs on a second shift at the facility.
Designed by Nissan’s Global Design Centre in Japan with inputs from Nissan Design America – San Diego and Nissan Design America – Rio, the Kicks concept has a sporty design characterized by a prominent V-Motion chrome grille, angular headlamps, steeply raked A pillars, a tapering roofline, heavily contoured sheet metal elements and an edgy rear fascia. The production version is expected to carry forward all the vital elements of the concept, albeit in a slightly toned down state.
The concept measures 4.3 m so the production version is not likely be eligible for the Indian sub-4 m excise duty benefits. Nevertheless, it appears to be the right candidate for the fast growing Indian compact crossover segment. If launched here, competition would come from the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano.