Nissan kicks in a new, small SUV with Brazilian roots

Cesar Mills
December 2, 2017

Nissan wants a bigger piece of the small crossover pie, and it has a new set of wheels to accomplish just that. The Japanese automaker revealed the 2018 Nissan Kicks on Wednesday at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show and it promises to be a formidable urban utility vehicle to replace the aged, and somewhat polarizing, Nissan Juke. Or should we say a new pair of Kicks?

The brand specifically noted city dwellers as a target consumer for the 2018 Kicks. The 2018 Kicks will also offer two-tone paint schemes like the C-HR.

"Kicks is created to meet the needs of both singles and couples to express their style, personal technology, intelligent functionality and superior safety features at affordable prices starting at less than US$19,000", said Dan Mohnke, Senior Vice President of Operations, Sales and Marketing of the US Division Nissan North America.

And let's get one thing out of the way first: The Nissan Kicks isn't much of an SUV at all-not that it matters anymore. Notable design elements include a bold V-motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights, a wraparound windshield and a "floating" roof design. The Kicks SR adds Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. (The all-wheel-drive Rogue Sport is 0.9 inch taller than the Kicks.) Compared to the Juke, the Kicks is 6.7 inches longer, 0.6 inch taller, and 0.2 inch narrower.

Nissan kicks in a new, small SUV with Brazilian roots

The interior sports a 7.0-inch touchscreen in most models, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Powering all trim levels is a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine paired with a continuously variable transmission.

Safety features that come as standard in the Kicks include anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist, vehicle dynamics control, automatic emergency braking, forward collission braking, reverse camera and seven airbags. The Nissan Kicks went on sale last year in certain markets outside the US, and it'll finally coming to a dealership near you in June of next year (assuming you live in America).

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