Nissan has unveiled the facelifted version of the Nissan Kicks subcompact SUV. The global debut of the facelifted Kicks also marks the first time that Nissan’s small SUV is offered in the ASEAN region. Debuting in Thailand as the Nissan Kicks e-Power, what’s truly special about this car isn’t it refreshed looks, but what’s actually underneath it.
But before we dive into the powertrain details, let’s talk about the outside first. The refreshed Nissan Kicks now features a bolder, bigger version of the Japanese automaker’s signature V-Motion grille. Flanking it are a pair of slim and stretched LED headlights with the brand’s signature boomerang LED daytime running lights. The side profile remains unchanged, while the rear fascia gets a new pair of LED taillights and a new rear bumper design.
Nissan has updated the interior of the Kicks e-Power by adding more premium materials and soft-touch surfaces. The top-trim VL variant’s leather interior can even be had with a two-tone black and orange interior color scheme. Also new in the Kicks e-Power is 7-inch part-digital instrument cluster and a new 8-inch Nissan Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Underneath the hood of the Kicks e-Power is the Japanese automaker’s unique e-Power hybrid system. The hybrid system consists of a 1.2-liter inline-3 petrol engine and an electric motor. However, unlike most hybrids–wherein the wheels are powered by both the combustion engine and electric motor, the tiny three-cylinder engine does not provide power to the front wheels. Rather, it only acts as a generator to charge the e-Power system. The electric motors powering the Kicks e-Power have an output of 129 hp and 260 Nm of torque.
Because the Nissan Kicks e-Power is basically an electric vehicle (EV) with a generator, it is also able to adopt the Philippine-bound Nissan Leaf‘s e-Pedal feature. e-Pedal basically allows the driver to operate the Kicks e-Power with only one pedal. With e-Pedal activated, regenerative braking is in its most aggressive mode in order to charge the battery, letting the vehicle slow down without stepping on the brakes.
As with most modern Nissans, the Nissa Kicks e-Power can be equipped with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of advanced driver-assist features. This includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, among other features.
The Thai-built Nissan Kicks e-Power is now on sale in Thailand with prices ranging from THB889,000 – THB1,049,000 (around PHP1,412,028 – PHP1,666,162). There is a high chance that the Nissan’s latest electrified SUV will arrive in the Philippines given that the all-electric Nissan Leaf is also supposed to arrive in the Philippines this year.