After numerous leaks and spy shots, Nissan finally revealed the Kicks e-Power last May, albeit online. Two months after its introduction, the people in Thailand can now finally see the hybrid crossover in the metal at the ongoing Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). Thanks to these live photos, we must say it certainly looks good.
Unlike its predecessor (the pre-facelift Kicks) the new Kicks e-Power features a complete redesign both in and out. Like most Nissan models today, the B-segment crossover adopts Nissan's signature V-Motion grill which are flanked by long, thin LED headlights. Large corner air intakes round up the changes upfront. At the rear, the taillights have been replaced with slim units to complement the front. A new set of rims then complete the update from the previous model.
Inside, there's a unique two-tone cabin available in various colors. In front of the driver is a large instrument cluster that shows battery status and other hybrid-powered information. Rather than a traditional gear-selector, there's a new gear lever similar to what you'd find in the Leaf EV. Nissan's e-Pedal technology also makes its way into the Kicks e-Power too along with the automaker's Intelligent Mobility safety suite.
As mentioned earlier, the Kicks e-Power is a hybrid crossover. Unlike a traditional hybrid, however, it uses Nissan's unique powertrain which has the electric motors primarily driving the wheels. Meanwhile, the gasoline engine mainly serves as a generator. Power is rated at 129 PS and 260 Nm torque.
In the metal, the Kicks e-Power certainly looks good. More importantly, it seems loaded with potential compared to the first generation Juke which Nissan Philippines continues to offers locally. With the aging Juke soon on its way out, the new Kicks e-Power could very well be the replacement. Considering that the Leaf will be arriving soon, it could make a good duo with the Kicks e-Power.
And this one doesn't need to be plugged in.