With the odd-ball JUKE being phased out, here comes the all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, unveiled yesterday in a North American premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Pricing hasn't yet been announced.
The Kicks's styling resulted from work by Nissan design studios in Brazil and San Diego. At 169.1 inches in length, 69.3 inches in width, and 62.4 inches in height, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is 3.3 inches shorter, 3.0 inches narrower, and 0.1 inch lower compared to the larger Rogue Sport in front-drive form.
Gone is the divisive styling then, with Nissan opting for a more acceptable design, mixing elements from models like the Rogue and the Micra supermini that's available in other markets.
Speaking of the design, the tiny Kicks wears familiar Nissan design cues such a the "V-motion" grille, floating roofline, and boomerang headlights.
The 2018 Kicks a Versa-sized subcompact extends Nissan's crossover lineup that previously started with the subcompact Juke
Inside the 2018 Kicks delivers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity via a 7.0-inch full colour display built into the "Gliding Wing" dashboard. For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR includes the new class-exclusive Bose Personal Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight speakers located inside the driver's seat headrest. The Kicks will also be available with an Intelligent Around View Monitor.
The 2018 Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-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). SV and SR models also ad blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert.
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. No all-wheel drive though, as all versions will drive their front wheels exclusively. Kicks promises good ground clearance, electric power steering, and a small turning radius to make it nimble.