The Kicks is Nissan's new entry-level crossover.
Nissan is bringing the Kicks crossover to the United States to replace the soon-to-depart Juke. The soft-roader made its public debut during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Kicks probably looks familiar if you've traveled to South America recently. The Brazilian-built model went on sale locally in January of last year, and the U.S.-spec model shown in Los Angeles is all but identical to its Portuguese-speaking sibling -- at least when you see it from the outside. It's positioned at the very bottom of Nissan's crossover line-up.
Nissan hopes to lure younger buyers with the Kicks, so including tech is important. It's available with a seven-inch touch screen compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, allowing passengers to stay connected on-the-go. Buyers willing to spend more can also get an around-view monitor and an upgraded sound system designed by Bose for small cars.
Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque, middling figures for the segment. The four's output flows to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is not available.
Nissan predicts the Kicks will return 33 mpg in a combined cycle. EPA figures will be available in the coming months.
The Nissan Kicks will arrive in showrooms in June of next year as a 2018 model. Look for a pricing announcement before then. When it lands, the line-up will be broken down into three trim levels named S, SV, and SR, respectively.
Live images by Brian Williams.