The Kicks was introduced for the 2018 model year for North America.
The Kicks is Nissan’s entry-level SUV.
Are we looking at a Kicks e-Power?
Details surrounding what to expect for the introduction of the updated Nissan Kicks for the 2021 model year are non-existent. Nissan’s press release simply states that the virtual reveal will take place on December 8th.
Given how recent the Nissan Kicks is, we assume that the 2021 model year will bring a facelift, a nip-tuck, a few new standard features, and, here’s where the guessing begins, a new powertrain. Nissan introduced a Kicks e-Power earlier this year in other markets complete with updated front and rear fascias. The kicker is that the e-Power Kicks includes a series-hybrid set up which will not only help overall efficiency but possibly improve performance as well.
The current Kicks is powered by a 122-horsepower 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine. The e-Power is a combination of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total of 95 kW (129 PS or 127 horsepower) and a maximum torque rating of 260 Nm, or 192 lb.-ft. of torque. The instant torque will surely increase the small SUV’s appeal.