After making its concept debut in 2014, the Nissan Kicks is set to enter production in 2016, with Latin American markets the target ahead of a global roll-out.
To be built at Nissan’s Resende Industrial Complex in Brazil, alongside the March and Versa (we know them as the Micra and Almera) where it will be offered in South American markets first, ahead of plans to launch the new model globally.
The 2014 Kicks concept offered a slightly larger footprint and overall length than the Nissan Juke, making it only a touch smaller than the Qashqai, but it remains to be seem how the production model will slot into Nissan’s SUV portfolio.
NIssan has previously confirmed that a Juke-successor will be built at its Sunderland plant in the UK; time will tell if the more mature looking Kicks fills in for the oddball Juke, or slots in alongside it.
"Nissan invented the first crossover in 2003, with the Murano," Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said. (Really? Some would disagree... Ed.)
"Since then, we've established our global crossover leadership with vehicles like Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail – which have been great successes. The Kicks will bring Nissan’s unique Crossover expertise to more regions."
The Kicks concept of 2014 built on themes established by 2012’s Extrem concept, featuring Nissan’s V-motion grille and floating roof, but with a more practical five-door shape in place of the Extrem’s three-door form.
At this stage Nissan hasn’t divulged powertrain details for the Kicks, but expect to see versions of the three and four-cylinder petrol engines family as seen in the Micra and Juke. If the reach of the Kicks extends beyond emerging markets, turbo power is also a possibility on high-end versions.
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