"Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CUV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own", said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing Operations of Nissan Division US, Nissan North America.
And let's get one thing out of the way first: The Nissan Kicks isn't much of an SUV at all-not that it matters anymore.
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.
It will go on sale across Canada in June 2018 with a choice of S, SV and SR models. Nissan has plans to sell the vehicle in more than 80 countries worldwide. There are seven different exterior colors and five two-tone schemes on offer, three of which utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange, or red). Signature elements in the design include the crossover stance, V-motion grille, diamond cut alloy wheels and the arrow-head shaped tail lamps.
Inside, the Kicks features a "Gliding Wing" dashboard design that comes with a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
"Kicks is created to meet the needs of both singles and couples to express their style, personal technology, intelligent functionality and superior safety features at affordable prices starting at less than US$19,000", said Dan Mohnke, Senior Vice President of Operations, Sales and Marketing of the US Division Nissan North America.
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). Kicks promises good ground clearance, electric power steering, and a small turning radius to make it nimble.
Standard security features, on the other hand, include Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning. The Kicks SR adds Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.