Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

The 2018 Nissan Kicks Aims to Be Hip in the City

The 2018 Nissan Kicks Aims to Be Hip in the City

Based on a concept vehicle the automaker showed at the 2014 Sao Paulo auto show in Brazil, the Kicks looks like an attempt to reach more customers than Nissan's ultra-quirky Juke managed to do. Pricing hasn't yet been announced. It makes its way to the States to slot in at the smallest end of Nissan's SUV lineup that includes Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada.

Nissan has pulled the covers off the 2018 Kicks, the company's new subcompact SUV which first made its appearance in Latin America previous year.

- Steve Rhind, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. Already on sale in other global markets, the Kicks will likely replace the Juke as the gateway crossover and will be offered with cool styling cues such as two-tone exterior colors.

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Despite the coupe-like roofline, Nissan claims the interior offers ample passenger space in the rear as well as one of the largest trunks in the segment. The SV trim adds the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, automatic climate control, keyless entry/start, remote start, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Kicks will also be available with an Intelligent Around View Monitor.

All models will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol unit, rated at 125hp and 115lb-ft of torque. With the help of a smooth, efficient Xtronic CVT, fuel consumption should be quite low (official ratings have yet to be posted).

Safety is paramount on the Kicks, with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) coming standard, and additional active safety features included as you move from Kicks S up to Kicks SV and Kicks SR trims. Kicks promises good ground clearance, electric power steering, and a small turning radius to make it nimble.

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