Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

LA 2017: Nissan expands crossover lineup with all-new Kicks

LA 2017: Nissan expands crossover lineup with all-new Kicks

If you thought there was room for another small SUV in the Nissan lineup, somewhere alongside the Qashqai and Rogue, you were right. The vehicle is called the Kicks and it will hit dealerships in the U.S. in June of 2018. The Juke is now gone and is being replaced by the 2018 Nissan Kicks.

By the way, the Kicks first started in Brazil a year ago and then expanded into other South American markets.

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.

"Safety" is arguably what Nissan was going for when it came to styling, too, the Kicks being a much more sedate, tame design than its Juke predecessor, and the bulk of the crossover's boldness coming from its five bright paint options and five quirky two-tone colour combos.

The interior sports a 7.0-inch touchscreen in most models, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks

Under the hood, the Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. Blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, as well as an around-view monitor are also available. Nevertheless, it is being described as a great companion to navigate the city with considering its good ground clearance, high eye point, electric power steering and small turning radius.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three grades: S, SV, and SR.

The Kicks comes from Brazil, where it's been on sale since 2016-but hey, it's new to us. It is also expected to achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 33 miles per gallon (mpg) for combined driving. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive will not be available on any variant of the Kicks for the US market.

Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.

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