By Bishal Deep Basnet on Feb 24,2019 - 13:13
The Nissan Kicks SUV is finally on the market in Nepal. With introductory prices starting at Rs. 47,99,000 for the base petrol variant. The Nissan Kicks SUV is available in various variants at JB Motors. The four variants offered by JB Motors: XL, XV, XV Premium and XV Premium+ with a diesel engine. Meanwhile, the petrol version is offered only in the base XL and XV trims.
The Kicks’ overall design is funky and it would go well with those who like their car to stand out from the crowd. It’s available in dual-tone exterior colour schemes, and with colours that are bright and youthful. It’s got LED headlamps and DRLs, and these make it look modern. The front-end looks squarish, especially the way the headlamps, bonnet and fog lamps come together. The Nissan V-Motion grille at the front also looks bold.
The premium would be that one word to best describes the Kicks’ interior. The black-brown interior colour scheme looks elegant to start with. The brown panel on the dashboard and on the doors is done in leather, while the black plastic on the dashboard top is not exactly soft-touch, but feels upmarket. There’s leather finish on the steering and seats too, making the cabin feel rich. The plushness of the cabin is further accentuated because of good noise insulation. The diesel engine clatter inside the Kicks’ cabin is quite muted compared to its siblings.
The Kicks is powered by the same set of powertrains as the Captur. So it gets a 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine. The diesel engine, which we got to drive, is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission while the petrol engine comes with a 5-speed manual.
On paper, the diesel engine develops 110PS of maximum power. While it’s not the most powerful engine in its segment, it never felt out of breath even at triple-digit speeds. Cruising at highway speeds should be an easy task for the Kicks then.
However, overtaking or picking up a quick pace will require downshifting. The diesel engine makes 240Nm of maximum torque at 1750rpm, but you only make quick progress when the rev counter goes over 2500rpm. The drive pattern will also have to be adjusted when driving in the city. So while it will continue to march forward at 1500+ rpm, picking up the quick pace will require dropping gears. The diesel powertrain of the Kicks comes with an ECO mode which dulls down the throttle response and hence was 1.5kmpl more efficient in our city mileage test.
Engine: 1.5-liter petrol
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
Max Power: 106 BHP@ 5600 RPM
Max Torque: 142Nm @ 4000 RPM
Ground Clearance: 210mm
Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: Airbags, ABS with EBD
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