The interior is where the Nissan Kicks has significantly widened the gap. The Ford EcoSport looks dated with the age-old dashboard layout that has been used on all its B-Segment models. The SYNC infotainment system doesn’t offer satellite navigation or a full colour display. The 2016 Ford EcoSport (facelift) coming this year will fix some of these flaws.
“With Kicks, we have developed a compact crossover in the best Nissan tradition, and thanks to the unmatched experience, we have in creating vehicles to meet the needs of car buyers around the world,” said Keno Kato, corporate vice president, Product Planning, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city.”
For Brazilian market, the Kicks will be powered by a 1.6-litre Flex fuel (petrol/ethanol) engine. This engine is capable of producing 114bhp when run on petrol and 116bhp with ethanol. Transmission duties will be carried out by a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic. If launched in India, the vehicle will share engine specs with Terrano SUV that is 1.5L diesel and 1.6L petrol.
Inside, the miniature SUV boasts an around-view monitor and Moving Object technology – a segment first – along with a 7.0-inch touch-screen interface embedded into the ‘Gliding Wing’ dash design. There’s also a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel and a rather luxurious upholstery.