All-new Nissan Kicks garners 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

This makes us want the crossover even more
by Leandre Grecia | Nov 2, 2020
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Here’s one more reason we want Nissan Philippines to launch the Kicks in our market: It’s one safe crossover.

The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) just tested the all-new Kicks, and the vehicle scored a perfect five stars out of five. Overall, the crossover garnered a total score of 86.93 out of 100. Just how impressive is that? Well, the Nissan Terra scored 83.17 when it was tested a couple of years back.

This latest iteration of the Kicks was launched in Thailand back in May, and it debuted with Nissan’s new e-Power technology. This is a hybrid setup that’s composed of a gasoline mill, a power generator, an inverter, and an electric motor that together boasts a system output of 127hp and 260Nm of torque.

Along with this powertrain, the vehicle also came fitted with other safety assist features such as the intelligent rear view mirror, forward collision warning system with autonomous emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. Thanks to these added toys, the Kicks earned a score of 13.57 for safety assist technologies according to the ASEAN NCAP’s standards.

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Looking at other categories, the Kicks scored 34.06 for adult occupant protection and 40.7 for child occupant protection. The crash test—which you can watch below—showed that the vehicle provided good protection to both front adult occupants, the risks of leg injuries notwithstanding. Check out the clip of the actual test below:

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To see how safe the Kicks is when compared with other newly-launched crossovers, you can check out the safety ratings of the Geely Coolray and the Toyota Corolla Cross. In their tests, these vehicles scored 84.26 and 88.61 points, respectively.

Anyway, what do you think of the Nissan Kicks’ new safety ratings? Would you like to see this crossover arrive on our shores, too?

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