Nissan has launched the facelifted version of its Kicks small SUV in Thailand, but the new model will not come Down Under despite right-hand-drive production and a high-tech petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.
CarsGuide understands that the Kicks won’t arrive in local showrooms to bolster the Japanese brand’s line-up due to Nissan Australia’s high safety standards.
Instead, the light SUV segment will be filled by the second-generation Juke, due to be launched next month.
The Juke scored a full five-star ANCAP safety rating when it was tested earlier this month, and comes equipped with five airbags, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), automatic headlights, blind-spot monitor, driver fatigue monitor, forward collision warning, land departure warning, lane-keep assist, reversion camera, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic alert as standard.
Adaptive cruise control and a tyre pressure monitor are also available as options, or on higher grades of the Juke.
Comparatively, the Kicks scores Safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, AEB, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a surround-view monitor, though it doesn’t wear a comparable crash-test rating.
The Kicks however, features Nissan’s e-Power range-extender drivetrain, which uses a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine to power a 95kW/260Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels.
One-pedal operation is also available in the Kicks, similar to the Leaf’s e-pedal option, allowing acceleration, deceleration and full-stop functionality with just the throttle.
On the outside, the new Kicks wears Nissan’s new V-Motion front grille, sleek LED headlights and blacked-out C-pillars, while inside, a new 7.0-inch instrument panel, 8.0-inch multimedia screen and two-tone interior feature.
By comparison, the new Nissan Juke will hit Australian showrooms next month, equipped with an 86kW/200Nm 1.0-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Full specification details, as well as pricing, is expected closer to the Juke’s local launch, but for reference, the outgoing version kicks off at $23,490 before on-road costs and tops out at $41,490.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineMay 18, 2020 9:01 am