There's been a lot of buzz surrounding the Nissan Kicks lately.
It's been spied several times in the region already; more recently it was spotted with no camouflage at all in Thailand. As more and more details spill out, we decided to do a little bit more digging.
As it turns out, the Kicks has been trademarked here in the Philippines for quite some time now. Nissan had filed the name since November 28, 2018, and was registered on May 30, 2019. If there's further evidence suggesting that the Kicks will be launched here eventually, this could be it. At the time of writing, the status of the Kicks trademark is active.
It also seems likely that the Kicks will replace the Juke as Nissan's subcompact crossover for Southeast Asia. Trademarks have been filed in neighboring countries as well including Laos, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Also, the facelifted Kicks will be assembled in Thailand, which has become the de facto regional automotive manufacturing hub.
According to an industry insider, filing nameplate trademarks in various countries is standard practice, even for models that may not be launched there. In this case though, we expect a bit of follow through from Nissan.
As for the vehicle itself, the new Kicks now features a new front fascia and new wheels. The interior is likely to get some upgrades over last year's model as well. It will even come with Nissan's e-Power hybrid generator system too.
Yutaka Sanada, Nissan Regional Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Asia & Oceania, even expressed a strong interest in introducing this technology into the Philippines way back in 2017. Should the Kicks arrive here in the country with e-Power (and alongside the Nissan Leaf), we expect Nissan Philippines will finally spark a hybrid and electric revolution here.