Nissan officially unveiled the new Nissan KicksMay 15, 2020
Thailand became the new country on the map, and here Kicks can be bought already in an updated form – and for the first time with an e-Power hybrid powerplant.
Until now, Nissan only produced vehicles with such a system in Japan – these are Note micro-vans and large Serena minivans. In the home car market, they diverge quite well, and only now the company offered e-Power in another country. A similar Nissan Kicks is driven only by an electric motor. The highest performance is 129 hp, but at the same time the thrust reaches 260 Nm – like a gas turbine unit with a volume of 1.4-1.6 liters.
Also under the hood there is a three-cylinder aspirated 1.2 (79 hp, 103 Nm), but it is not connected with either the wheels or the accelerator pedal. It is controlled by electronics, but it is needed only as a generator for recharging a lithium-ion traction battery with a modest capacity of 1.57 kWh. The battery consists of four modules, which are built-in under the front seats and do not steal space in the cabin or luggage compartment (its volume is 432 liters).
It is clear that in purely electric mode the range will be short. There are also Normal, S, and Eco hybrid driving modes to choose from. Moreover, acceleration and braking can be controlled only by the accelerator pedal, changing the degree of depression.
The restyled Nissan Kicks boasts a new, more aggressive front design with an enlarged grille. All outdoor optics are now LED, bumpers and wheels are updated. There is not much change inside – just a more modern media system and transmission control knob.
Already in the standard version, the Thai Nissan Kicks e-Power has six airbags and a large seven-inch display in the instrument cluster (only the speedometer remains analog).
Hybrid Kicks began to be produced at Nissan’s Samut Prakan plant; domestic sales will begin in June. Prices will range from 27,700 to 32,700 dollars.
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