Nissan Kicks facelift with E-Power hybrid tech debuts in Thailand
Nissan has launched the facelift for the Nissan Kicks in Thailand. While this SUV and the one sold in India share the same nameplate and similar design cues, the two cars are mechanically unrelated. The Indian-spec car is based on the low-cost M0 platform, derived from the Renault Duster, while the Thai version is based on the latest iteration of Micra-related V-platform.
The Kicks E-Power hybrid is fitted with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that in-turn powers an EM57 electric motor, via a generator and inverter. This makes 129PS and 260 Nm, a 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery is also on board for a full EV driving option. The electric motor also gives the Kicks facelift one pedal driving capabilities. Further, there are four drive modes on offer: Normal, S, Eco and EV. Other tech available on the Thai-spec Kicks is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, aside from six airbags.
The updated styling of the Kicks draws inspiration from the Nissan Ariya concept seen some time ago. This is most noticeable with the larger V-motion grille and the sharper boomerang full LED headlights and taillights. Other new design elements are the new alloy-wheel design and new dual-tone colour options. The interiors differ quite a bit from the India-spec car, but come very well equipped with a seven-inch full-colour MID and an eight-inch touchscreen. An electronic parking brake and climate control is also available, among other things.
It is unlikely that we will see this version of the Kicks in India. The India-spec Kicks SUV is set to get a big update as it switches to BSVI, it will come with a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder unit makes 156PS and 254 Nm, and is a derivative of the engine that was showcased with the BSVI compliant Duster turbo-petrol at the Auto Expo 2020. A CVT option will also be available.
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