Nissan wants a bigger piece of the small crossover pie, and it has a new set of wheels to accomplish just that. Actually, Nissan claims that the Kicks could even rival subcompact cars such as the Honda Fit.
Nissan says a well-equipped Kicks will come in for under $19,000 when the vehicle goes on sale in June 2018.
The Kicks will be offered in a range of five exterior colours, plus five two-tone combinations: Three with a black roof and contrasting body colours (red, orange or white), an orange roof/grey body option and a white roof/blue body combo.
"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. Despite its small packaging and design, the rear hatch opens tall enough for a 6-foot person to reach into the cargo area without ducking under the hatch.
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.
Aesthetically, the 2018 Nissan Kicks stands out with bold wheel arches and a high crossover stance, not to mention familiar Nissan design signatures including a V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and a "floating" roof. Three trim levels will be offered, the base S, midgrade SV, and top-end SR model. Heated front seats are optional on the SR trim, as is a Bose premium audio system.
A slew of active safety features come standard, including automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
Power comes from a 1.6L OHC 16-valve four with a Xtronic transmission. Complete with a Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System, the engine generates 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft. of torque.
Nissan didn't provide pricing for the new crossover, but the brand noted the Kicks will be very competitive when it goes on sale in June 2018.