It is a well known fact that the two Americas to love their crossovers and in order to comply, Nissan just released a brand new car. The 2018 Nissan Kicks has been so far launched in Brazil and it is expected to be sold by the mid of 2017 in more than 80 countries. The car will be made at the same factory that manufactures the Sentra for the US market. This might also mean that the rather good looking Kicks could hit the US market as well in some form or another. The car is roughly the same size as the Honda HR-V or the Mazda CX-3, or just as large as the Juke. However, the latter has been around since 2010 and it is expected to be discontinued quite soon.
The Kicks is based on a similar platform to the Juke but it is built with modularity in mind. This means that in certain markets it will cost as low as $15,000 which would not be possible on the US market. However, thanks to its modularity, the car should easily be capable of achieving the same success as the Juke while offering more for just as much money as before. This means that the rumored 2018 model for the US market could cost around $20,000 which would be a steal in our opinion. Why? Well, it looks great, it would be well equipped and what more can you ask from such a cheap crossover.
The design of Nisan Kicks
Unlike the Juke, which offers a rather intricate design, the 2018 Nissan Kicks manages to impress through its simplicity. It is actually pretty similar to the 2014 concept car and that’s great. The front end does remind us of the newest Pathfinder with the large V-shaped grille and imposing headlights. The bumper is quite moderate in comparison while on the sides and at the back it features small black plastic inserts to protect it. Also, all the pillars have been blacked out and the roof can be had in contrasting colors. This makes it appear a lot sportier and more modern than the Juke which is actually quite nice considering it is also better proportioned.
2018 Nissan Kicks – Inside the cabin
Thanks to the slightly larger footprint but similar height, the Kicks is also able to offer considerably more room inside the cabin than the Juke. The dashboard, even on the base Brazilian model, is considerably better built than that of its sibling which makes a great case for the car. The design is modern but a bit minimalistic which makes it seem a bit more premium than it really is. The large seven inch touchscreen and the fully digital rev-meter give it a really nice feel.
Engine and Transmission
The 2018 Nissan Kicks offers just one engine for Brazil, a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 which has been around for some time. In India the car will receive an additional 1.6 liter diesel with 110 horsepower and over 200 lb-ft of torque. It still is unclear if it will hit the US market and what engines it will boast. However, considering its predecessor and its future rivals, it is safe to assume that Nissan will go for turbocharging.
The base model is expected to use a 1.2 liter turbocharged inline 4 offering around 120 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. This engine has been previously used in Europe on a few Renault cars. On top of that, a larger, and more powerful, 1.6 liter turbocharged mill is also a real possibility. Depending on its tune, this could make anything between 150 and 220 horsepower. Front wheel drive will be standard, a basic all wheel drive system will be an option while an automatic will be provided as an optional extra.