The Kicks e-Power will take on models like the HR-V Hybrid and the Corolla Cross Hybrid
The All-New Nissan Kicks e-Power has officially been launched in the Philippines, furthering Nissan's electrification efforts in the region.
The All-New Nissan Kicks e-Power comes in three variants in Philippines - the top of the line e-POWER VL, the e-POWER VE, and the e-Power EL. All three boast a fully electric motor that delivers 136 PS of power and 280 Nm of instantaneous torque.
Meanwhile, its 1.2L DOHC 12-valve, three-cylinder engine is used solely to charge the battery while running at an optimal speed, improving fuel efficiency in different driving situations.
The All-New Kicks e-Power is also equipped with regenerative braking, further adding to its amazing fuel efficiency. Based on UNR101 fuel efficiency testing, the vehicle runs 22 km/l to 25km/l for different driving and traffic conditions.
With a total fuel tank capacity of 41L, the all new Kicks e-Power has a potential range of up to 900-1000 kms with a full tank of fuel.
The new e-Pedal Step feature also enables easier and more comfortable driving, with drivers only having to use the accelerator pedal to speed up or slow down.
This means that driving in different situations, whether in city or highways, is much more convenient, as the need to shift from one pedal to another is reduced. There is still a brake pedal if the driver wants the car in a full stop.
The three variants come with the standard Hill Start Assist, while the e-POWER VL and e-POWER VE variants have the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and the Driver Attention Alert features.
As the flagship variant, the VL variant's Intelligent Around View Monitor is also equipped with Moving Object Detection.
Other features include keyless entry with the Intelligent Key and push button engine start-stop systems, alongside Nissan's 8" advanced touchscreen display audio and compatibility for Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth on the VL and VE variants.
On the exterior, highlights include the black double V-Motion Grilles, LED signature taillights, head and front fog lights, and a silver-toned roof rail to complement the main body. This is also the second model launched locally bearing the new Nissan logo.
Inside, the dynamic design and functionality continues with a 7" color TFT display meter presenting the Power Meter, Battery Gauge, Drive Range, and Fuel Gauge in an easy-to-read layout, and an infotainment system that's easily within reach.
There are also the Zero Gravity Seats, a D-shaped leather steering wheel, and the Electronic Parking Brake Switch with Auto Hold Function.
The All New Nissan Kicks e-POWER also comes with a 5-year or 150,000km warranty period covering the vehicle, e-POWER system and the battery as far as the Philippines market is concerned.
As for the Malaysian market, there is a possibility for the Kicks to come here as Edaran Tan Chong Motor, the sole distributor of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia did announce that one of the upcoming models slated for our market is the Kicks, due to the high demand for compact SUVs.
Plus, now that our market is on full speed towards electrification, it would only make sense for Nissan for jump on the bandwagon while EVs are still duty free.
However, nothing is confirmed yet, so let us wait and see if the SUV ever finds it way to Malaysia.