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July 20, 2022

Should Nissan Philippines Bring In The New Kicks E-Power 4WD?

Now, we have an idea why Nissan Philippines’s been so secretive with the all-new Kicks: they just launched it in their home market of Japan.

Just a few weeks after our first taste of the technology (and the subsequent track experience) as well as the global launch in Thailand, the refreshed Kicks was just formally launched in Japan. Also sporting the second-generation e-Power powertrain, the JDM Kicks now has 136 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque via its EM47 electric motor.

Sourced from Thailand, the JDM Kicks is very similar to the Philippine spec Kicks e-Power in that it gets the revised center console and shift lever design. It also incorporates e-Pedal Step which unlocks one-pedal driving making it an easy SUV to drive whether it’s in the urban or highway environments.

It also comes with Nissan’s Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system as standard on all grades. It uses a radar sensor in the front of the vehicle to detect the distances between the two cars ahead, as well as their relative speed. If the system determines there is a need to slow down due to a sudden change with the vehicles ahead, it alerts the driver and provides collision-avoidance support. Advanced technologies such as the Intelligent Around View Monitor system and the Intelligent Rearview Mirror are standard equipment on higher grades.

Making the Japanese market Kicks e-Power unique though is the availability of a 4WD system. The electronic 4WD system pairs the EM47 front electric motor with a 68-horsepower, 100 Nm rear electric motor (MM48). This setup allows precise control of all four wheels ensuring driving comfort on city roads, easy cornering on winding roads, and strong performance in challenging conditions, such as snowy roads.

For variants with two-tone interiors, Nissan is adding several new hues such as orange-tan as well as plush brown in the new Style Edition.

Ultimately, it’s unknown whether Nissan will offer the Kicks e-Power 4WD outside of Japan. However, because it is made in Thailand, the chances are high if demand or clamor is strong enough. Now, if you’re wondering how much damage the 4WD will cost, well, it commands a 262,900-yen premium over the comparable 2WD version. Converted to peso, that’ll be a P 107,170 additional on top of the Kicks e-Power 2WD’s price tag.

Should Nissan Philippines consider bringing in the Kicks e-Power 4WD as well?


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