Nissan KICKS 1st Anniversary Offer: The Compact SUV Becomes Even More Affordable
With this limited period offer, Nissan has made the KICKS more desirable than ever.
Nissan’s cars and SUVs were always a reflection of the Japanese ethos of conscientiously going about one’s work without attracting too much attention. However, the Japanese carmaker has turned that image on its head over the last few years by launching product after product that not only looked good but also offered an excellent mix of practicality, power, fuel efficiency, technology, and safety.
Nothing manifested this better than the KICKS, a compact SUV that Nissan introduced exactly a year ago in India to critical acclaim. So, what factors made the Nissan KICKS a benchmark in the Indian SUV segment?
A STYLISH BRUTE
The KICKS is instantly recognisable as a Nissan courtesy the brand’s signature V-motion chrome grille, which is a design element also found on more premium global SUVs from Nissan like the X-Trail, Qashqai, and even the Terrano. The KICKS is also a welcome departure from the boxy look that most other SUVs in its segment offer. What you get instead is a muscular design that is accentuated by flared wheel arches and a distinct waistline that merges neatly into the tail-lamps.
And if that weren’t butch enough for you, Nissan offers the KICKS in dual-tone colour options that further highlight the SUV’s chiselled lower half. Rounding off the ‘pumping-iron’ style quotient are roof rails, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels shod with fat rubber, and almost a dozen colour options and close to 30 official accessories to choose from.
INTERIORS: A CUT ABOVE THE REST
If the Nissan KICKS looks like it means business from the outside, it feels like business class on the inside. Plonk yourself in the driver’s seat and staring right back at you is a gorgeous leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob - features typically found on cars a lot more expensive than the KICKS. But the centrepiece of the SUV’s interior is, without a doubt, the floating 20.32cm (8-inch) A-IVI touchscreen infotainment unit, which again stands out in the sea of 7-inch and smaller infotainment units that one normally finds at this price point.
Nissan further ups the luxury and personalisation stakes by offering up to six leatherette upholstery options, 20 pre-set ambient lighting modes, rear-window and -windshield curtains, soft-touch plastics and a meditatively quiet cabin. In other words, it is safe to say the Nissan KICKS’ interiors are one of the best in India under the Rs 15 lakh mark.
POWERFUL YET FRUGAL ENGINES
Step on the gas and you will be surprised at how quickly the KICKS, in contrast to its beefy image, gathers pace like a hot hatch. The petrol and diesel engines, both, displace 1.5 litre but while the former gets a 5-speed manual transmission, the latter features a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine is good for 106PS and 142Nm while the oil-burner produces 110PS and 240Nm.
Both powertrains also offer a fine balance of power and fuel efficiency with the petrol variant returning 14.23 kilometres to a litre while the diesel KICKS achieves an impressive 20.45 kilometres per litre.
BRAWNY AND BRAINY
Nissan positions the KICKS as an intelligent SUV, and that’s not just marketing jargon. One of the many intelligent features on the KICKS is Around View Monitor, which makes your life easier when parking in tight spots. Drawing from cameras mounted on the front, rear, and ORVMs, the feature produces a 360-degree view on the KICKS’ 8-inch touchscreen.
But the star of the KICKS show is NissanConnect, which is the Japanese carmaker’s mobile app-enabled telematics solution that lets you perform over 50 functions remotely. By installing the NissanConnect app on your phone, you can access and modify functions like live tracking, geofencing, service booking, locating your car, sharing location, impact alert, idling run time, status of car doors and lights, and even one-tap contact with Nissan’s Pan-India 24x7 RSA (Roadside Assistance) programme. And in an industry-first feature, the NissanConnect app is smartwatch-compatible as well.
SMART AND SAFE
Apart from a gamut of smart features, Nissan has also equipped the KICKS with a variety of safety features. The SUV gets dual front and side airbags, ABS, EBD, and VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control). Nissan has also bundled in some nifty driver aids with the KICKS like Cruise Control and Hill Start Assist. While the former helps you shake off the fatigue from your legs on long drives, the latter assists you in dealing with steep gradients by engaging the brakes for a while.
AN OFFER YOU CANNOT REFUSE
The Nissan KICKS is a delectable SUV that balances the needle perfectly between performance and practicality, style and substance, and technology and safety. That it has managed to squeeze-in features like the beautiful 8-inch touchscreen, live vehicle telematics, 360-degree view camera, and premium interiors within a price range of Rs 9.55 to Rs 13.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) is the proverbial cherry on top.
But with the 1st anniversary offer, Nissan has turned the KICKS from an attractive proposition into an irresistible one. That is because, under the offer, Nissan is offering benefits up to Rs 1.5 lakh on buying the KICKS. Do note however that the offer is available for a limited period only. What isn’t limited though is the unbridled joy of owning a Nissan KICKS!