Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Nissan Brazil | posted April 25, 2016 14:12
To be official car of 2016 Rio Olympics
First unveiled at the 2014 Sao Paolo Motor Show, Nissan has officially unveiled the production version of the Kicks crossover, two years after the debut of the concept model.
Its transition from concept to production sees the Kicks with larger side mirrors, a slightly raised hood for pedestrian protection, door pillars and reshaped bumpers. The rest of the crossover's body carries over from its concept form. According to Nissan, the Kicks takes inspiration from the “energetic nature and vibe of Brazil” while featuring Nissan's design language such as the V-Motion grill and up swept beltline. Over all, the Kicks remains faithful to the concept model from 2014.
While close in size when compared to Nissan's other compact crossover, the Juke, the Kicks rides on a different platform. The Kicks is based on the current Micra whereas the Juke sits on Nissan-Renault’s B0 architecture.
The company has yet to reveal the crossover's interior and the same goes for engine details. Being based on the Micra platform, it is likely that the Kicks will be powered by the B-Segment hatchback's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It delivers 110 PS and 153 Nm of torque through a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
Nissan unveiled the Kicks via Instagram through their brand ambassadors in Brazil. More of the Kicks will be seen during this year's Olympics, to be held in Rio de Janiero, as it serves as the official cars of said sporting event.