Slated to arrive in Malaysia in 2021, the Nissan Kicks is a B-segment SUV that's already made its way to Thailand and Indonesia.
Based on what we’ve seen in Thailand and Indonesia, there is a very huge chance that the Malaysian-spec Kicks will be powered by the same e-Power hybrid-electric drivetrain. This powertrain uses a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that is used as a generator to charge the lithium-ion battery pack. Combined with the EM57 electric motor, the Kicks kicks out a power output of 129 PS and 260 Nm. There is a petrol powerplant, but that's only for the Indian-spec Kicks that is very different from what's offered here.
Available on the Kicks e-Power is the One-Pedal feature that’s seen in Nissan’s EV that allows drivers to accelerate and brake using only the accelerator pedal for a more relaxed driving experience in stop-go city traffic. Boot space in the Kicks is rated at 432 litres which puts it not far behind the HR-V (437 litres) but way ahead of the Proton X50 (330 litres) with all the seats up. Don't forget about the size too - it's taller, longer and wider than the HR-V or X50 despite looking compact.
The Kicks is certainly not lacking in safety features. In Thailand, where there are 4 variants of the Kicks e-Power available, standard safety features include ABS, ESC, BA, and 6 airbags - features that are enough to net it 5 stars in the ASEAN NCAP. However, the Malaysian-spec Kicks is expected to come with a full suite of Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) including AEB, FCW, ACC, Around View Monitor, BSM, and RCTA.
The Nissan Kicks has been a long-awaited model for ETCM with plans for its arrival dating all the way back to 2018. However, with the e-Power hybrid in development at the time, the launch was pushed back.
Now, with the Kicks e-Power launched in some of our neighbours, we can expect the Kicks to finally make its Malaysian arrival this year, going head-to-head against the Proton X50 and the Honda HR-V.