Updated Nissan Kicks Lands In Japan With Upgraded e-Power System

Sales of the updated Nissan Kicks have just commenced in Japan and it is now available with a new and improved e-POWER system.

The updated Kicks is largely the same as the facelifted model that was introduced in mid-2020, not only in Japan but also in the United States. The most significant upgrade is the new e-POWER motor that has 5 per cent more power and 7 per cent more torque than the first-generation system.

The e-Power system consists of a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that in first-generation guise, produced 78 hp and 76 lb-ft (103 Nm) of torque and acted as a generator for the 1.57 kWh battery pack. Additional grunt was provided by an electric motor with 127 hp and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm). Power from the electric motor has now been upped to 134 hp while torque has jumped to 206 lb-ft (280 Nm).

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Furthermore, Nissan has increased the size of the battery pack to 2.06 kWh while fuel efficiency has improved by approximately 6.4 per cent compared to the previous Kicks. Nissan says that it has also improved cabin quietness through a reduction in engine-start frequency at low speeds. The e-Pedal Step is also said to now produce a more relaxing driving experience, smoothing out deceleration when the accelerator pedal is released.

A new addition to the line-up is the availability of a Kicks e-Power 4WD model that features an electric all-wheel drive system. Nissan has also installed an Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system as standard on all grades, complete with a radar sensor in the front.

Some minor changes have also been made to the cabin, including updates to the center console and shift lever. Beige is also now offered for models with two-tone interiors, as is orange tan. A new variant dubbed the Style Edition has also been added and comes standard with a plush brown interior and dark, chrome-look grille.

Japanese prices for the updated Nissan Kicks start at 2,798,400 yen ($20,302) for the entry-level 2WD variant and top out at 3,281,300 yen ($23,805) for the flagship Kicks 4WD Style Edition.

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