The Nissan Kicks has been making waves in Latin America and the Middle East. Now, China is the latest country to receive Nissan’s latest subcompact crossover, one with an asking price of 99,800 RMB (approximately RM63.2k).
Based on the Almera’s V-Platform, the Kicks measures 4,295 mm long, 1,760 mm wide, 1,590 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. The front gets the familiar Nissan signature V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlights and tail lights. The ‘floating’ roof gets finished in a contrasting colour, creating a two-toned setup just like the Renault Captur.
For the Chinese market, the Kicks will only be sold with the 1.5-litre HR15 DE petrol engine mated to the tried and tested Xtronic CVT. That’s the same engine as the Almera, by the way. Other markets meanwhile receive the 1.6-litre HR16DE petrol engine, the same engine that powers the 1.6-litre Grand Livina. The Kicks is strictly front-wheel drive for now.
Chinese buyers will be pleased to know that the Kicks is armed with some of Nissan’s finest active safety technology. No ProPilot yet, but it settles with Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention and Cross Traffic Alert. It’s also equipped with Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Ride Control, Vehicle Dynamics Control and Intelligent Engine Brake.