Nissan’s upcoming production version of the Kicks concept has some chances of hitting stateside.

Nissan’s upcoming production version of the Kicks concept has some chances of hitting stateside.

In an interview with WardsAuto, Nissan North American’s vice president-product planning Michael Bunce revealed the company is “very seriously studying” the prospects of bringing the model to United States. He went on to specify the production-ready Kicks crossover would be less powerful and cheaper than the funky Juke which kicks off at $20,250 in the U.S. for the base “S” trim.

It makes sense for Nissan North America to sell the Kicks since it would be a direct adversary for the Honda HR-V and other models in the small SUV segment, such as the Chevy Trax and Jeep Renegade. Bunce mentioned Nissan hasn’t decided whether the model would be an addition to the company’s lineup or will replace the Juke.

A US-spec Kicks will likely happen taking into account Nissan trademarked the nameplate with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on October 29, 2014.

Nissan will introduce the Kicks in production form in the following months and assemble the crossover in Brazil at the Resende Industrial Complex. Sales will initially take place only in Latin American countries, but other markets (aside from U.S.) are also being considered.

Source: wardsauto.com

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