The compact crossover segment continues to heat up as Nissan has announced plans to offer an all-new model inspired by the Kicks concept that was originally unveiled at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show.

The compact crossover segment continues to heat up as Nissan has announced plans to offer an all-new model inspired by the Kicks concept that was originally unveiled at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show.

Set to go on sale in Latin America later this year, the Kicks "will go beyond the obvious" and feature a "strong design statement" as well as "the performance that our customers crave."  Nissan declined to elaborate but noted the crossover's design and development is being completed by Nissan Design America, Nissan Design America Rio and Nissan's Global Design Center in Japan.

The production model will be built at the company's Resende Industrial Complex in Brazil following an investment of $192 million.  The Kicks will be built alongside other compact models including the March and Versa.

There's no word on whether or not the Kicks will be offered in the United States but Nissan says the model will be sold globally.  The company only mentioned Latin America but noted additional markets are being considered.

In a statement, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said "Nissan invented the first crossover in 2003, with the Murano. 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."

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