Nissan has at last released an auto gearbox for the Kicks, and the configuration offered is a CVT (repeatedly variable transmission) paired to a one.3-litre turbo-petrol engine. At prices ranging among Rs thirteen.forty five and 14.15 lakh (ex-showroom, India), it is accessible only in mid-spec variants, commanding a high quality of Rs one.50-one.60 lakh in excess of its guide counterparts.

The one.3-litre turbo-petrol comes with an impressive resume – it has been co-developed by the RenaultNissanMitsubishi Alliance and Daimler. It even shares some of its condition-of-the-artwork engineering with the Nissan GT-R supercar and it provides a class-finest 156hp and 254Nm of torque. And it shines in the actual globe much too with its smoothness, linear electrical power supply and responsiveness. Its broad torque spread from as very low as one,600rpm and robust mid-variety overall performance helps make light-weight function of darting into targeted visitors gaps, cruising at freeway speeds or overtaking quickly shifting vehicles.

The seven-phase CVT enhances this engine nicely. It is an intuitive transmission which keeps the engine spinning optimally to assure there is often overall performance accessible on tap. For the most aspect it performs its obligations very efficiently nonetheless, though slowing down to crawling speeds, it from time to time will get jerky when transitioning to its lowest phase. What’s wonderful is that the sequential method presents guide command – it responds nicely to inputs and obliges with aggressive downshifts for robust engine braking.

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Automobile is clean and intuitive is responsive in guide method.

The Nissan Kicks CVT will leave all its rivals guiding in a -60kph targeted visitors light-weight sprint (with a fair little bit of torque steer). Having said that, its Korean rivals are much a lot quicker in a rolling race or in flat-out acceleration.

There’s a new engine quit/commence aspect on offer you, which seamlessly switches off the engine though idling, and will restart the engine routinely when you release the brake in ‘D’. Overall, this engine is quite refined, but you can really feel vibrations inside of the cabin at idle when the AC compressor kicks in. Also, as the revs climb, the transmission whines a fair little bit.

Since it is designed on the same hard system as the Renault Duster, the Nissan feels unfazed in excess of the roughest of street situations. Even at freeway speeds, it continues to be secure and protected, and it’ll even change direction with a substantial diploma of self-confidence. Its steering is lighter than the outgoing diesel’s, but it even now transmits a fair little bit of shocks though going in excess of rough sections or though cornering hard.

Its exterior and interior styling are unchanged, and there is not even a badge to distinguish this turbo version from the one.five-litre in a natural way aspirated petrol that’s sold alongside. Its cabin seems neat, but the interiors really do not really feel as high quality as you’d count on in a vehicle that expenses in excess of Rs seventeen lakh on street. Also, currently being a mid-spec variant, it misses out several characteristics, like a sunroof, auto headlamps, and aspect and curtain airbags, which are anticipated in this section.

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New turbo engine is tuned for drivability and responsiveness.

Even with boasting of finest-in-class engine specs, the Nissan Kicks Turbo automatic’s overall performance is not notably superb. And though it is more cost-effective than the turbo variations of its Korean rivals, it even now does not come throughout as good benefit for money as it lacks the all round finesse and high quality of the Koreans, and also misses several characteristics. A slim vendor network and poor brand name recall really do not assist its case either.

Having said that, if you have often loved the Renault Duster for its hard construction and mature driving manners, but required one thing a little bit far more high quality and modern, the Nissan Kicks is for you. Its turbo-petrol engine is clean, very drivable and consumer-helpful, and the new CVT automatic helps make the Kicks less complicated to drive.

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