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Tan Chong plans to launch Nissan Kicks in 2H-2018, alongside Serena Hybrid and Leaf ( 2018-03-15 )

Malaysia’s sole franchise distributor of Nissan, Tan Chong Motor, will soon add an all-new compact crossover to its existing line-up with the launch of Nissan Kicks that is slated for second half of 2018, to rival the likes of Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and soon-to- launch Toyota C-HR in Malaysia.

4 SUV line-up from left to right Orange Nissan Kicks, Yellow Toyota C-HR, White Mazda CX-3 and White Honda HR-V
PHOTO : Line-up Comparison(Left to right) Nissan Kicks, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3 & Honda HR-V.

According to report, also in the pipeline are the all-new Serena Hybrid and the all- new Leaf, Nissan’s signature model that’s powered fully by electrics.

White Nissan Serena Hybrid Nismo bodykit and grey Nissan Leaf
PHOTO : Nissan Serena Hybrid and All New Nissan Leaf EV.

The Nissan Kicks is built based on the Almera’s V-Platform, with the body measures at 4,295 mm long, 1,760 mm wide, 1,590 mm tall and the wheelbase of 2,610 mm. The all-new Nissan Kicks will feature Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped head and tail lights. We also expect Nissan to introduce two-tone colour combination with the contrasting colour for its roof, thus creating a two-toned setup as found in Renault Captur.

Nissan Kicks in various colour combination and two-toned setup.
PHOTO : Nissan Kicks comes in various colour combination and two-toned setup.

The Kicks Concept made its first appearance in 2014 at the Sao Paulo Motor Show. Since 2016, it has been rolled out in the countries of Latin Americas and Middle East and had received overwhelming response. In Asia, the Kicks was launched In China in July 2017 with engine size of 1.5-litre mated to the Xtronic CVT gearbox. It comes with a starting price of 99,800 Yuan (RM61,500) and soon becomes one of Nissan best-selling SUV in China market together with the bigger brother, X-Trail.

Grey Nissan Kicks and White Nissan X-Trail Aero Edition
PHOTO : Comparison of Nissan Kicks and Nissan X-Trail.

The China’s version of Kicks also boasts premium safety features of its class include the Intelligent Emergency Braking System, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention and Cross Traffic Alert Systems.

2018 could be an exciting year for the Nissan brand which has largely gone muted and absence of new models since 2015. We find the Kicks to be particularly interesting and could be a game changer for Nissan in this flat growth market. Perhaps the bigger question would be whether Tan Chong will price it friendly enough to help it captures and fulfils the rising demand of the compact SUV among Malaysians.

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