Nissan now offers a more affordable XE diesel trim, which is priced at Rs 9.89 Lakhs (ex-showroom). It is expected to lift up the poor sales of the SUV over the months.
Nissan Kicks is one of the most feature equipped SUVs in its segment but still did not gain much popularity in India. Last month, only 132 units of the SUV were sold, which were lower than the Terrano SUV.
To help pick up the sales of Kicks, Nissan has launched a new XE diesel variant, which is now the base variant. It is priced at Rs 9.89 Lakhs (ex-showroom) and the earlier base spec went for Rs 11 Lakhs.
The Nissan Kicks XE diesel variant gets features such as Auto AC with rear AC vents, Nissan Connect, 2 DIN STD audio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Cooled Glove Box, Shark Fin Antenna and Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock.
Safety features on board include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Central Door Lock with Child Lock, Impact Sensing Auto Door Lock and Rear Parking Sensors. These features are not found in the base-trims of its rivals.
The XE variant comes only on the diesel variant, which is a 1.5 Litre unit. The engine produces 108 BHP and 240 NM of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, which is the only gearbox offered on Kicks.
The diesel engine offers a mileage of 20.45 kmpl, claimed by ARAI. The petrol engine is also a 1.5 Litre unit, which produces 104 BHP and 142 Nm of peak torque, with the same transmission setup.
The top-spec trims of Nissan Kicks come with features such as a 360-degree camera, automatic projector headlamps, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Push Button Start and much more.
Nissan Kicks goes against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and Tata Harrier. It also comes in a near price range of Hyundai Venue and Mahindra XUV300. Its sales have been affected primarily due to the increasing competition between SUVs ranging from 10-16 Lakhs. In this range, you can find a lot of premium SUVs which either offer more features or better performance than the Kicks.