2016 Nissan Kicks greenlighted for production

2016 Nissan Kicks greenlighted for production image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Nissan | posted January 05, 2016 12:38

Nissan broadens crossover lineup with the upcoming Kicks

Nissan will soon be offering a new crossover after company President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, announced that they will be introducing the said vehicle to Latin American markets at the start of 2016.

Simply called 'Kicks', it takes inspiration from the original Kicks Concept revealed during the 2014 Sao Paolo Motor Show.

“Nissan invented the first crossover in 2003, with the Murano. Since then, we've established our global crossover leadership with vehicles like JUKE, Qashqai and X-Trail – which have been great successes. The Kicks will bring Nissan´s unique Crossover expertise to more regions,” said Ghosn.

Exact details about the upcoming crossover are limited, but it is expected to have similar styling cues from the concept, featuring an aggressive front fascia comprised of a V-Motion grill, sweptback headlights and a wide bumper.

The Nissan Kicks teaser image

Over to the side, it has a Juke-like profile with its flared wheel arches, muscular character lines and a sloped roofline. The rear, on the other hand, has boomerang-shaped taillights, dual exhausts and a diffuser.

The Nissan Kicks will be manufactured at the Resende Industrial Complex in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil following an investment of BR 750 million (about PhP 9.04 billion). The factory was inaugurated in 2014 and currently produces compact models like the March and Versa.

Nissan plans to introduce the Kicks to other markets as well, depending on how it would be received in Latin America.

"When our team from Nissan Brazil team collaborated with our colleagues in Japan to create the Kicks concept vehicle, which was inspired by our country and culture, the result was extraordinary. And now, we're excited that our manufacturing team in Resende is preparing to build it with top-notch Japanese precision,” said Francois Dossa, Nissan Brazil President.