After making waves in South America last year, the all-new Nissan Kicks crossover has officially been introduced in international markets, particularly in USA. Slightly larger than the Juke, the Kicks stays relatively true to its original concept design and features familiar styling cues from the brand.
The new crossover was designed by Nissan Design America – Rio in close collaboration with Nissan Design America (NDA) in USA and was overseen by Nissan's Global Design Center. According to the company, the crossover combines modern design touches along with dynamic exterior features.
Up front, it gets the signature V-Motion grill and upswept LED headlights that come with LED daytime running lights. Meanwhile, bold wheel arches and large alloy wheels denote the Kicks' rugged nature. It even has a floating roof design that makes it stand out from the rest. Finally, a set of boomerang-shaped taillights don the rear quarter panels, along with a tailgate-mounted spoiler which provides a sporty finish.
“From a pure visual standpoint on the street, Kicks is a true head turner, especially in the bold two-tone color combinations. Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CUV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing Operations of Nissan Division US, Nissan North America.
Inside, the Kicks features a 'Gliding Wing' dashboard design that comes with a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It even comes with an automatic climate control system, a semi-digital instrument panel, flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel and contrast stitching throughout the cabin.
Additional extras that can be specified on the 2018 Kicks include an 8-speaker Bose sound system, 360-degree Around-View Monitor system and heated front seats as such.
Driving the Kicks is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine that benefits from a Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). It puts out 126 PS along with 156 Nm of torque and is connected to a Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels.
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. Other amenities such as rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, active engine braking, active trace control and active ride control are available on higher-spec models.
There is no word, however, if the Kicks will replace the Juke in the near future, or it will compete alongside it.