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Nissan teases Indian spec Kicks that could replace South Africa's Juke

12.09.2018

A model that could potentially find its way to South Africa, Nissan India has released a number of sketches detailing the domestic market Kicks expected to arrive in January next year.

Aimed at models such as the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta and Renault Kaptur, the images obtained by indianautosblog.com shows the Kicks adopting an appearance similar to the global model sold in South America and United States, but which will be unique underneath the skin and bonnet.

While Nissan is unlikely to change much regarding the exterior and interior, the global Kicks will eschew its Micra derived V-platform for the low-cost B0 that underpins the Dacia/Renault Duster and Kaptur, which will see it being both longer and wider. At present, the global Kicks’ dimensions consists out of an overall length of 4 2955mm, a wheelbase of 2 610mm, height of 1 590mm and width of 1 760mm.

Further differing from the global model will be the Indian Kicks’ choice of engines, which will include the stalwart 1.5 dCi turbodiesel mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Although unconfirmed, the Indian Kicks could potentially retain the 1.5-litre petrol motor and CVT, although speculation is that it will adopt the bigger 1.6-lite mill used in the Kaptur and Duster, hooked to either a five-speed manual or four-speed torque converter automatic. Like the global version, the Indian Kicks will be front-wheel drive only.

Despite Nissan having confirmed that a replacement for the Juke is in development and would be unveiled next year, it remains open to speculation if it would be introduced in South Africa, making the possibility of the Kicks even more likely.

Article written by Autodealer
12.09.2018
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