Recently, spy pictures of the facelift version of the Nissan Kicks have popped up online.
Nissan is all set to introduce the Kicks crossover SUV in the south-east Asian markets soon. Spy pictures have emerged of the SUV being transported in a trailer. The styling, however, seems to be updated from the current model. Similar styling elements might make it to the international model as a mid-life facelift.
Nissan Kicks (facelift) spied without camouflage in Thailand
Some readers might be aware that the Nissan Kicks sold in India shares little in common with the international version. Codenamed P16, the India-spec version is based on the ‘B0’ platform from Renault Captur, and by extension, the Renault Duster as well. The international model (codenamed P15) is based on Nissan’s V-platform and is slightly smaller in size. The cars seen in these spy images seem to be the smaller, international version. Still, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the Indian model would feature a similar facelift soon.
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The global-spec 2020 Nissan Kicks will have slightly more aggressive looks than the outgoing model, extremely reminiscent of recent Nissan crossovers, like 2020 Juke and the 2021 Ariya concept EV. The front grille seems to be larger in size, stretching almost all the way to the bottom. The foglamp housing has been redesigned as well. The car also sports new design for the alloy wheels. The taillamps seem to maintain the same shape as the previous model though. The headlamps seem sleeker than before, with LEDs inside.
The new Nissan Kicks was spied while during transportation
The new Nissan Kicks is expected to be a petrol-electric hybrid. Power will be generated by a 1.2-litre, turbocharged, inline-3, petrol engine. The power shall be stored in the battery pack, which will then drive the electric motor, which will turn the front wheels. The combined maximum power output of the drivetrain is rated at 130 PS.
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The India-spec Nissan Kicks will soon be introduced with a new engine, a 1.3-litre (TCe) turbo-petrol unit, capable of producing 156 PS and 250 Nm. Previously, the car was available with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. Nissan is also planning to introduce a new subcompact SUV to India, alongside Renault’s HBC.