The Nissan Kicks made its reveal towards the end of 2016. Initially a Latin American model, the Kicks is slowly making its way worldwide. The latest country to get it is India, which begs the question, will the Asia-Pacific markets get it soon too?
But for now, let's take a look at the Indian-spec model. There are a few changes made from the North American and Latin American versions, but you'll need a sharp eye to spot the differences.
Changes are mostly relegated to the lower half of the small crossover. The corner air intake and fog light arrangement is different from the models sold in the West. Its grill is also slightly different with more honeycomb patterns on the panel. Also, the center air intake is narrower, and the Indian version of the Kicks comes with a faux skid plate.
At the back, the bumper has thick, unpainted cladding, much like the Latin American model. The difference is that the Indian Kicks has a faux skid plate, just like at the front. As for other changes, the Kicks over in India has a taller roof rail, which employs a floating design.
Of course, the headline here is its engine range and it's the first time the small crossover gets a turbodiesel. It's a 1.5-liter unit that makes 110 PS and 245 Nm of torque. Transmission options are a six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual transmission. There's also a gas-fed engine available and it too is a 1.5-liter unit. The gas engine makes 106 PS and 142 Nm of torque and can be paired to a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
For now, it is yet to be known if the Kicks will make it to the ASEAN region, let alone the Philippines. But given that the Kicks has made its way to India, it may just be possible.