Nissan, which last launched a totally new product under the brand in India way back in 2013 when it brought Terrano, is planning to kick off its revival journey in the market with the launch of compact SUV Kicks in January.
He said the company will start booking for its upcoming Kicks SUV from Friday and deliveries in January.
"Kicks is our first all-new vehicle in the market in some time. It is going to be introduced in C-SUV segment, a growing but a competitive segment," Clissold added.
When asked about Nissan's plans for expanding its product portfolio in India, he said, "We are looking at all segments -- both above and below the Kicks. You will see a good range of SUVs in Nissan line up in future".
On whether the company's product future line up will be driven by SUVs, Clissold said, "I wouldn't say exclusively SUV, but we will leverage on our strong SUV credentials as we look at the product plans in India.
"I expect to see an expansion of SUV line up, but Nissan isn't an SUV brand exclusively, including in India."
"The company has made a significant investment in India and this (Kicks) is the first fruit of that labour," he said.
The new model, designed specifically for the Indian market, will be available in petrol and diesel fuel options powered by 1.5 litre engines.
On the expectations from Kicks, Clissold said, "We want to be an attractive player in that segment. Ultimately, it will be up to the Indian consumers as to what market share we gain".
Reiterating the need to reconnect with buyers, he said, "We will take one step at a time. First step is bookings, and then sales to a consumer who hasn't been to a Nissan showroom for sometime".
Nissan has not been able to crack Indian market so far. In the April-November period this fiscal, the company had sold 25,353 units in the country, down 28.12 per cent from same period of last fiscal.