Updated Nissan Kicks: hybrid cheaper competitors

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Updated Nissan Kicks: hybrid cheaper competitors

World premiere of transfigured SUV Nissan was in Thailand. There’s a model available only with hybrid e-Power. In other countries, will continue to offer “traditional” version.

Its market career the Nissan Kicks crossover, built on the platform V, started with South America, where he started in 2016. Then, the SUV has appeared in many other countries, including China and the US, and especially for India it is even transferred into the “cart” B0. But that’s Thailand model got just now, but just in an updated form. In addition, Thais will receive the first hybrid cross.

So, the main thing – the Nissan Kicks found the e-Power, familiar from the CD Note and the Serena minivan: gasoline motor is not connected to the wheels, it only works as a generator of electricity, the wheel also rotates the motor mounted in place of the box. As part of the installation Kicks entered the three-cylinder “aspirated” HR12DE 1.2 capacity of 79 HP (103 Nm), the electric motor EM57-impact 129 HP and 260 Nm (the Note, for example, this engine produces 109 HP and 254 Nm) and lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1.57 kWh (consists of four modules, the battery is located under the front seats).

Meanwhile, the same Nissan Note e-Power in Japan have all-wheel drive version with the N2 electric motor on the rear axle (4,8 HP, 15 Nm), however, the Kiks, the second motor does not get it – crossover remains exclusively front-wheel drive. But there are four driving modes (Normal, S, Eco and EV, the range in pure electric mode is not specified, but it obviously modest) and to control the acceleration and deceleration of only the accelerator pedal (the pedal one) – like the Nissan Leaf.

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As for design, the SUV completely redesigned the front part: the grille has become bigger lights – already, the new bumper now flaunt “gills” in which are placed fog. By the way, the cross initially put the led head optics. Tail lights have retained their shape, but they have different toppings – led same V-shaped brake lights. Thai SUV slightly smaller pre-reform global model: length 4290 mm, wheelbase – 2615 mm (“world” SUV – 4295 and 2,620 mm, respectively, from the Indian Kicks on the platform B0 – 4384 and 2673 mm).

Inside new things less, more modern multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen (the pre-reform cross-country 7-inch), the other joystick that is responsible for control of the powertrain, plus the decor is blue. Built-in “tidy” 7 inch screen is in all the versions, also in the list of standard equipment includes six airbags. Top crossover SUV has adaptive cruise control, camera circular review, system of auto brake, prevent frontal collision monitoring “blind” zones.

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Prices of the Nissan Kicks e-Power are in the range from 000 to 889 1 049 000 baht, equivalent to about 27700 – 32 $ 700 at the current exchange rate. Note that Thailand is a very attractive price list. For example, Honda HR-V there will cost at least 949 000 baht ($29 600) and Toyota C-HR is from 979 000 baht ($30 500).

Orders for a new Nissan in Thailand are already taking, deliveries will begin in June, the SUV only with internal combustion engines there to sell not yet. “Traditional” Kicks should be updated in the same way as the cross with the installation of e-Power, but a hybrid variant will also appear in other markets – in particular, waiting for him in South America and Japan.

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