We test drove the Nissan Kicks SUV at the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and here are our deep thoughts and thorough impressions
After a relentless eight-hour cab drive from Ahmedabad to the Great Rann of Kutch, my curiosity over Nissan’s new flagship Kicks SUV was only increasing. I was itching to get go in the Kicks the following morning of the media outing, as I had my eyes cast on the SUV for more than two years.
Ever since the Kicks made its production debut in Brazil in May 2016, two years after the conceptual version broke into the scenes, it had an underlying potential for emerging markets written all over it. During the market launch of Datsun Redi-Go in June 2016, Guillaume Sicard, Ex-President of Nissan Motor India, confirmed that the Kicks would be introduced arousing anticipation.
Despite the expected timelines over the last two years, Nissan did take quite a lot of time to bring up the Kicks and there’s a very good reason for that. Unlike the global version, the Kicks had to go through specific changes for India and is finally entering the market in the middle of January 2019. Here is what I contemplated of the Nissan Kicks having spent a day with it: EXTERIOR: Vivid And Elegant The Kicks is a compact iteration of the bigger Nissan SUVs such as X-Trail and Murano as far as design is concerned. But it does have an entirely different appeal to the Nissan models found in the Indian portfolio, especially Terrano, due to the inclusion of latest styling philosophy followed by the brand globally. Up front, the obvious striking feature is the prominent V-motion grille with black honeycomb mesh housing the signature Nissan badge.
The bonnet has a distinguished appeal and when viewed straight up it looks muscular. It is a departure from the entire face and that’s a good thing. The sweptback headlamps bode well with the faux air intake you cannot find in the global spec model and the central air dam has been redesigned with added dynamism and inclusion of horizontal silver trim. The fog lamp area also gets likable silver elements as Nissan has played its cards well to make the Kicks far more appealing than the global version. The side profile has bold wheel arches and silver body cladding running along the bottom section and is positioned above the thick black cladding present across the entire lower body for added masculinity as a SUV.
The set of multi-spoke 17-inch machine cut alloy wheels is another visual attraction and the Kicks wore it better than the crystal cut wheels on the Captur. The floating roof has been painted in contrast orange colour in the grey shaded Kicks while the red body painted version comprises a black finished roof with more subtlety. Both the colour options get silver roof rails and neatly styled character lines. Over to the rear, Nissan has made sure it looks different from the international model courtesy of the tailgate applique, shark fin antenna and the aluminium skid plates available on both ends.
The boomerang-shaped tail lamps, blackened pillars and turn indicators integrated wing mirrors are other exterior highlights of the Kicks. In entirety, the Kicks can be termed as the best-looking SUV in its segment with a meticulous exterior.