When Nissan unveiled the attention-getter Kicks compact crossover concept at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show, the American press could not help but speculate that this model provides a glimpse of the replacement for the Nissan Juke.
Well, it has been four years since Nissan unveiled the Juke at the 2010 Geneva auto show, which means that a concept previewing its replacement should not come as a surprise. In fact, the Kicks offers some similarities with the Juke – almost the same proportions, short overhangs, a tall shoulder line, generous ground clearance and a relatively small cargo area.
However, the concept is flashier than the Juke, thanks to its bold accent colors in the wheels and on the roof. Likewise, the Kicks is bigger than the Juke, boasts of an all-wheel drive system and is powered by a turbocharged engine – seemingly fitting for customers in Brazil and Latin America.
Nissan insiders, however, were quick to dismiss the notion that the Kicks previews the next-generation Juke.
The Kicks was developed by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California, with input from the carmaker’s Nissan Design America Rio studio. Simply put, Nissan executive design director Mamoru Aoki said the Kicks was "inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people."