Nissan’s growing subcompact crossover lineup has a new model -- the new Kicks, a production version of the concept car initially introduced at the Sao Paolo Motor Show three years ago. Nissan brings the 2018 Kicks to 2017 LA Auto Show for its premiere, taking with it nearly the exact design cues from the concept along with the brand’s highly iconic V-motion grille.
The automaker is looking to lure the younger crowd by not only by offering the stylish CUV with colorful choices of paints but also with a starting price of less than 19,000 USD which is way more affordable compared to the Nissan Juke.
Nissan has packed the Kicks’ 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with 125hp and 115lb-ft of torque that sends power to the front wheels courtesy of Nissans Xtronic continuous variable transmission. In addition, folks trying to purchase a brand new car for the first time will find great value in the fuel efficient powertrain’s 33 mpg combined rating from the EPA.
Aside from giving it a rather unusual name, Nissan’s latest subcompact CUV will be offered in seven vibrant colors plus five two tone combinations to bring out the Kicks’ youthful appeal. Other highlights include a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch infotainment system and a gliding wing dashboard display.
Equipment may vary depending on the trim level selected; starting from the top of the line SR trim, followed by the SV, and down to the S level trim. The top trim will receive the headrest-mounted Bose stereo sound system, LED headlamps, blind spot and cross traffic alerts as well as a 360 - degree Intelligent surround view monitor.
No matter which trim level is selected, some features are already built in. These include the seven safety airbags, a rearview monitor, smartphone integration for both Android and Apple devices and automatic emergency braking.
As said earlier, all trim levels are also getting the same 1.6- liter DOHC naturally aspirated four-cylinder powertrain with an output of 125 hp (93 kW) and 115 lb-ft (156Nm) of torque. With that being the case, the Kicks’ lack of powerful output plus the absence of all-wheel drive are perhaps the only factors that doesn’t seem to impress us much especially if we still have the Nissan Juke to compare it with.
But unlike the Juke, the Kicks is offered with ampler interior space and is significantly larger as a whole. On the outside, the high riding new subcompact CUV is quite the opposite of Juke with a much lower, hatchback style exterior profile.
Nissan has yet to divulge the exact price of this more stylish and downright more affordable Juke replacement; but chances are, we will get the details right before the Kicks will go on sale in June next year.