Starting out as a daring concept in 2014, the Nissan Kicks is now ready to make its production debut later this year, with Nissan unveiling the showroom-ready Kicks crossover in Brazil.
Full details of the new compact crossover are to be revealed, but the interior and exterior design is on display for all to see.
The Kicks takes its cues from larger members of the Nissan family, noticably the US-market Maxima and Murano, with a strong V-motion grille up front, floating roof, and boomerang front and rear lights.
On the inside, Nissan has decked the Kicks out with a two-tone terracotta and black interior, featuring a wrap-around cockpit design. Specification highlights include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a TFT instrument cluster, climate control, and a racey flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Size-wise, the Kicks is just a little larger than Nissan’s other compact SUV, the Juke. The 4295mm long Kicks rides on a 2610mm wheelbase, compared to the Juke at 4135mm long on a 2530mm wheelbase.
At this early stage, Nissan is yet to make an announcement regarding the powertrain options for the Kicks, although the company’s repeated references to the Kicks’ city focus mean small four-cylinder engines are likely, while all-wheel-drive may be off the table.
Nissan has also introduced a version of its Around View Monitor 360 degree camera system, which now includes Moving Object Detection to alert the driver of any unseen hazards.
Production of the Kicks is set to begin in Aguascalientes Mexico before the end of the year, with additional production set to start up in Resende, Rio de Janeiro.
While the initial launch will take place in Latin American markets, the Kicks is set to go on sale in over 80 markets globally.
TMR spoke with Nissan Australia's general manager of corporate communications, Peter Fadeyev, who told us that while Nissan was excited about the Kicks, it was simply too early to know what chance, if any, the Kicks has of arriving locally.
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