In the case of Nissan’s e-Power, the engine doesn't drive the wheels and is only used as a generator to charge the high voltage battery, as opposed to series-parallel hybrids where the engine can both drive the wheels and charge the high voltage battery.
Under the hood lies a 1.2-litre three-cylinder that feeds power to an electric motor that develops 129 PS and 260 Nm torque. Since it’s an electric vehicle, the Kicks e-Power does not require any ‘gearbox’ to send power to the front wheels.
Thailand is the only country outside of Japan to produce e-Power hybrid Nissan models, thus the Kicks e-Power currently being exported to Indonesia, Singapore, and even Japan all come from our neighbour up north.
Other notable features of the Nissan Kicks full suite of ADAS safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Intelligent Emergency Braking System, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) – depending on market and variant.
As it stands, the Nissan Kicks is already on sale in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
If we take Thailand as an example, prices of the Nissan Kicks e-Power range between THB 889k (RM 112k) and THB 1.049 million (RM 132k) – although this is not a straightforward comparison as tax structures are different.
In Indonesia, the Nissan Kicks e-Power most affordable hybrid SUV at Rp 449 million (RM 126,000).
Arvind can't remember a time when he didn't wheel around a HotWheels car. This love evolved into an interest in Tamiya and RC cars and finally the real deal 1:1 scale stuff. Passion finally lead to formal training in Mechanical Engineering. Instead of the bigger picture, he obsesses with the final drive ratio and spring rates of cars and spends the weekends wondering why a Perodua Myvi is so fast.