Nissan's newest compact sport-ute looks ready to replace the quirky Juke in the automaker's lineup.

2017 has been the year of the compact crossover, and why not? The segment is positively booming and Nissan is keen to grab a piece of this pie with the all-new Kicks. Yes, we know that’s plural for kick, which will inevitably lead to bad jokes and worse puns – we’re counting the days until Nissan’s get your kicks with Kicks ad campaign begins – but one might say a strange name is better than strange styling. That wasn’t a swipe at Nissan’s current compact crossover, the love-it-or-hate-it Juke. Well, maybe just a little.

Compared to that polarizing model, there’s no denying the Kicks was styled with a more conservative pen. In fact, we’ll say it’s downright attractive with its high stance, sharp angles, and bold-ish grille that’s neither too big nor too small. Similarly, wheels are kept modest-yet-stylish with 16-inch steelies on base models, or 17-inch aluminum wheels for higher trims. The two-tone exterior treatments hits us in the feels too; Nissan says there are five such color combos available along with seven different overall shades. Clearly the automaker is targeting a younger market that craves individuality. That’s not a bad thing.

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks

Inside, driver and front seat passenger sit behind what Nissan calls a “Gliding Wing” dash, equipped with a standard compliment of gauges and a 7-inch infotainment system. Available equipment will depend on the Kicks trim level you choose – either S, SV, or top-of-the-crop SR – with the best models getting an Intelligent Around View 360-degree Monitor, blind spot and cross traffic alerts, LED headlightsand a big booming Bose stereo system that puts speakers directly into the driver seat headrest. Regardless of the trim level, all Kicks will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic emergency braking, and Rearview Monitor.

All models will also receive the same powertrain, which consists of a 1.6-liter DOHC naturally aspirated four cylinder engine rated at 125 horsepower (93 kW) and 115 lb-ft (156 Nm) of torque. If that sounds a bit weak, well it is. However, the power is funneled exclusively to the front wheels through Nissan’s Xtronic CVT – no all-wheel drive is offered – and it can return a combined mileage rating of 33 miles per gallon. Turning just the front wheels will certainly keep weight down, but whether or not the power level is still enough to satisfy is something to be sussed out on a test drive.

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks

In all likelihood, the Kicks will replace the Juke in the automaker’s lineup, possibly as soon as next year. By comparison, the Kicks offers a bit more interior space and is ever-so-slightly larger overall, but is way down on horsepower, and it lacks the Juke’s available all-wheel drive. Whether or not those factors are offset by the Kicks good looks will be determined next June, when the new compact SUV goes on sale. Nissan says pricing for the Kicks will be announced closer to its launch date.

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2018 Nissan Kicks Compact Utility Vehicle makes North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

 

  • New Nissan Kicks features unique style, personal technology, intelligent safety, efficient powertrain and strong value positioning
  • Embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility with standard Automatic Emergency Braking and available Intelligent Around View® Monitor
  • First new Nissan nameplate launched in last eight years, Kicks joins best-selling Rogue and Rogue Sport CUVs in Nissan’s U.S. showrooms in June 2018
  • All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle and special Star Wars-themed custom vehicles also on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show – which runs Dec. 1st through 10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center

 

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 29, 2017) – The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, the newest entry in the fast-growing affordable compact crossover market, made its North American debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The bold new Kicks becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SUV line-up – which has experienced record sales in recent years – when it hits Nissan U.S. dealerships in June 2018.

 

“As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price starting well under $19,000,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. Mohnke unveiled the new Kicks during a media event at the show.

 

2018 Nissan Kicks

 

The new 2018 Kicks combines emotion and practicality by blending bold wheel arch fenders and high crossover stance with familiar Nissan design signatures, including a V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and floating roof with a “wrap-around visor” look. Available exterior features include standard Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH) and available LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents.

 

The 2018 Kicks will be offered in a range of seven exterior colors – plus five two-tone combinations. Three of the two-tone color schemes utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange or red), along with one each orange roof/grey body and white roof/blue body.

 

“From a pure visual standpoint on the street, Kicks is a true head turner, especially in the bold two-tone color combinations,” said Mohnke. “Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CUV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own.”

 

Inside, the Kicks story is one of quality and futuristic design in a cabin full of the innovative features expected by its tech-hungry target audience. The interior promises ample passenger space in the rear – despite the coupe-like roofline – as well as one of the largest load areas in its class.

 

Kick’s simple “Gliding Wing” dashboard design is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity. For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR Premium Package includes the new class-exclusive2 Bose® Personal® Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® UltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks’ driver’s seat headrest. Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM).

 

Every 2018 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission, fuel economy1 is anticipated at 33 mpg combined. Kicks is offered in front-wheel drive only.

 

“With good ground clearance, a high eye point, electric power steering and small turning radius, Kicks is a great companion to navigate the city with,” added Mohnke.

 

Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is standard on all grade levels, along with seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks SV and Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

 

The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three well-equipped models – Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR.  

 

“Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Kicks will be announced closer to its on-sale date in spring 2018, but we are expecting to be among the most competitive in the segment,” said Mohnke. “Kicks’ unique combination of expressive design, excellent fuel economy, intelligent technology and advanced safety features adds up to one thing – exceptional value.”

 

Along with the new 2018 Kicks, the Nissan display at the auto show features the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, along with seven Star Wars-themed concept vehicles created in celebration of the brand’s ongoing collaboration with Lucasfilm for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show takes place from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

 

For complete information on the 2018 Nissan Kicks and all other 2018 Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanNews.com.

 

2018 Nissan Kicks compact crossover set for spring release – features expressive style, personal technology, intelligent safety, efficient powertrain and strong value positioning

 

  • Aimed at city living consumers, the brand new Kicks CUV is ready to tackle the intensity of the urban landscape
  • Embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility with standard Automatic Emergency Braking and available Intelligent Around View® Monitor
  • Dynamic performance provided by sporty 1.6-liter 4-cyinder engine, front-wheel drive and responsive suspension
  • First new Nissan nameplate launched in last eight years, Kicks joins best-selling Rogue and Rogue Sport CUVs in Nissan’s U.S. showrooms in June 2018

 

The brand-new Nissan Kicks becomes the newest entry in the fast-growing affordable compact crossover market when it hits Nissan U.S. dealerships in June 2018. Kicks also becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SUV line-up, which has experienced record sales in recent years.

 

As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.

 

“This emerging CUV class is exploding with new entries for a very good reason – the combination of flexible utility and high value is ideal for active, urban new vehicle buyers,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. “Where the new Nissan Kicks stands out is with its bold style, personal technology, value and anticipated fuel economy1 of 33-mpg combined.”

 

Dramatic, Brazil-Inspired Design

The new 2018 Kicks presents an expressive sense of style and substance with a wheel-oriented stance and Nissan brand signatures viewed from every angle. The production Nissan Kicks retains the basic design cues taken from the Kicks Concept – first shown at the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show. Overseen by Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan, Nissan Kicks is the result of close collaboration between Nissan Design America (NDA), based in San Diego, and Nissan’s Rio de Janeiro satellite studio, Nissan Design America – Rio (NDA-R).

 

Kicks combines emotion and practicality by blending familiar Nissan design signatures with striking modern themes. Among those established design signatures are Nissan’s V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and the floating roof with a “wrap-around visor” look to the windscreen and side glass. In particular, with the wide C-pillar “hidden” with a black finish that blends into the tailgate glass, the floating roof has been exaggerated on the Kicks, giving it a distinctive and eye-catching appeal.

 

These themes are augmented by a number of dynamic styling features, such as the bold wheel arch fenders and the rising character line on the bodysides that accentuate the car’s crossover stance and inherent strength. This high waistline contributes to a sense of security and well-being for passengers, especially those in the rear, yet still allows excellent outward visibility for all. In addition, the dark lower body trim magnifies the body height, emphasizing the high ground clearance and helping resist scrapes.

 

During the design process much attention was paid to the car’s overall aerodynamic performance, not only to benefit its dynamic performance but also its overall refinement by reducing wind noise.

 

Available exterior features include standard Intelligent Auto Headlight (I-AH) with adjustable sensitivity and timing (including twilight and wiper activation), rear wiper and roof rails – along with available LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents, fog lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and rear roof spoiler.

 

The 2018 Kicks will be offered in a range of seven exterior colors – plus five two-tone combinations. Three of the two-tone color schemes utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange or red), along with an orange roof/grey body combination and a white roof/blue body combination.

 

“From a pure visual standpoint on the street, Kicks is a true head turner, especially in the bold two-tone color combinations,” said Mohnke. “Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CUV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own.”

 

Smart Interior, Personalized Technologies

Inside, the Kicks story is one of quality and futuristic design in a cabin full of the innovative features expected by its tech-hungry target audience. The interior promises ample passenger space in the rear – despite the coupe-like roofline – as well as one of the largest load areas in its class.

 

Front seat occupants face Nissan’s modern and simple “Gliding Wing” dashboard design, which is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity.

 

“The idea behind personalized technology is to allow drivers to do what they want, where they want,” said Mohnke. “For example, they can access mpg numbers, chassis dynamic control, radio/playlist information on the meter screen or on the audio display. You decide what to look at where.”

 

Kicks also offers three interface choices for accessing social media – NissanConnectSM, Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.

 

And, for the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR Premium Package includes the new class-exclusive2 Bose® Personal® Plus sound system. Part of the Bose® Small Vehicle Series, it delivers a superior, driver-focused listening experience using just eight speakers and proprietary Bose® signal processing to provide what Bose® calls “360 degrees of immersive sound.” Key to its dynamic sound are a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® UltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks’ driver’s seat head restraint.

 

The system also includes compact 6.5-inch Bose® Super65™ speakers in each front door, cross-firing 1.0-inch tweeters in each A-pillar and 5.25-inch wide-range speakers in each rear door. A Bose® PersonalSpace Control feature is built into the infotainment system’s audio settings, providing adjustable listening options from front-focused sound to a wider, more enveloping experience. The system also includes a digital amplifier with six channels of custom equalization and digital system processing.

 

Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3, which uses four on-board cameras to present a composite 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the Kicks, with split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb-side views. It also gives the driver an on-screen heads-up when it detects moving objects near the vehicle. This is class-leading technology3 in this emerging U.S. CUV segment and offers a step on the road to Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

 

The versatile Kicks interior also offers a sporting flavor – provided by a flat-bottom steering wheel, comfortable 6-way driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat and 60/40-split fold-down rear seat. Heated Prima-Tex™-appointed front seats are available with the SR Premium Package. Other available interior features include leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tonneau cover and Automatic Temperature Control.

 

A Crossover for the City

The robust design of Kicks, which helps give drivers the confidence to comfortably navigate the city, is reflected in its stance. The Kicks has a ground clearance of 7.0 inches, allowing it to tackle poorly maintained roads and speed bumps with ease, without having an adverse effect on the handling.

 

Kicks also offers efficient packaging for urban adventure use. The rear hatch opens high enough for a six-foot tall person to access the cargo area without having to duck. Kicks easily accommodates five passengers comfortably, thanks in part to the flat rear floor design and rear headroom and legroom that is similar to that of larger crossovers.

 

“With good ground clearance, a high eye point, electric power steering and small turning radius, Kicks is a great companion to navigate the city with,” added Mohnke.

 

Every 2018 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission, fuel economy1 is anticipated at 33 mpg combined. Kicks is offered in front-wheel drive only.

 

Kicks also offers standard Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), front disc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and electric power steering with a tight 34.1 foot turning radius. Kicks SR includes an Integrated Dynamic-Control Module (IDM), featuring Active Engine Brake, Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control, to help provide a higher level of driving enjoyment.

 

Nimble handling is provided by a front independent strut, stabilizer bar suspension matched with rear suspension featuring twist beam, stabilizer bar and twin-tube shock absorbers. Kicks S grade comes with 16-inch steel wheels, with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on Kicks SV and SR grades – mounted with 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all-season tires respectively.

 

Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) is standard on all grade levels, along with seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks SV and Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. In addition, Kicks SR includes standard Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3.

 

Three Well-Equipped, High-Value Models

The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three well-equipped models – Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. Among the list of standard features found on Kicks S are Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, three USB ports, roof rails and Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH).

 

Kicks SV includes a long list of additional features – Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Nissan Intelligent Key™, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body color heated outside mirrors and outside door handles, rear passenger underseat heater ducts, tonneau cover, Automatic Temperature Control, Easy Fill Tire Alert, 7.0-inch meter display, SiriusXM® satellite radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Remote Engine Start5 and more.

 

Kicks SR adds a sporty flair with the addition of LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents, fog lights, black heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather shift knob with chrome accents, SR seat fabric with interior trim and accents, front and rear bumpers with body color inserts, rear roof-mounted spoiler, dark chrome grille accents, Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3 and more.

 

“Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Kicks will be announced closer to its on-sale date in spring 2018, but we are expecting to be among the most competitive in the segment,” said Mohnke. “Kick’s unique combination of expressive design, excellent fuel economy, intelligent technology and advanced safety features adds up to one thing – exceptional value.”

 

 

2018 Nissan Kicks Specifications

 

Engine

 

1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS)

125 horsepower / 115 lb-ft torque

Transmission

Xtronic

Drive configuration

Front-wheel drive, standard Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA)

Brakes

Front ventilated disc, rear drum, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)

Steering

Electric power-assist

Suspension

Front independent strut, stabilizer bar; rear twist beam, stabilizer bar, twin-tube shock absorbers

Wheels

16-inch steel with full wheel covers; available 17-inch aluminum-alloy

Tires

205/60R16 all-season; available 205/55R17 all-season

Design/Exterior Highlights

Sporty CUV styling with Nissan signature V-Motion grille; available two-tone floating roof design; Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH); available LED headlights; standard roof rails; available fog lights; available rear roof-mounted spoiler, available heated outside rearview mirrors with integrated turn signals

Exterior dimensions

 

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Height

Track

103.1 in.

169.1 in.

69.3 in.

62.4 in. (incl. roof rails)

59.8 in. front / 60.4 in. rear

Interior Highlights

Versatile interior with 5-passenger seating; 6-way driver’s seat, 4-way front passenger seat; available heated front seats; flat-folding 60/40 split fold-down rear seat; low, wide cargo floor

Interior dimensions – front

Headroom

Legroom

Hip room

Shoulder room

40.7 in.

43.7 in.

50.9 in.

53.0 in.

Interior dimensions – rear

Headroom

Legroom

Hip room

Shoulder room

38.5 in.

33.2 in.

49.1 in.

53.2 in.

Interior volume

Front pass.

Rear pass.

Cargo -2nd row upright

Total

54.6 cu. ft.

39.3 cu. ft.

25.3 cu. ft.

 

119.2 cu. ft.

Audio

Available class-exclusive2 Bose® Personal® Plus Audio system with amplifier and eight speakers – including two driver’s headrest speakers

Technology

7.0-inch display audio, three USB inputs; available 7.0-inch driver information display in meter cluster; available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™; available Nissan Intelligent Key™ with remote engine start1; standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System

Safety and Security

Standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB); standard RearView Monitor; seven supplemental restraint air bags, including driver knee air bag; available Bind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA); available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)

Projected fuel economy

Anticipated fuel economy3: 33 mpg combined

Available models

Kicks S, Kicks SV, Kicks SR

 

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  2. AutoPacific segmentation. Available feature. 2018 Kicks vs. latest in-market competitors in XSUV Compact Class. Based on manufacturers' websites.
  3. Fuel economy based on targeted 2018 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2018 Kicks FWD models – EPA data not available at time of publication. Anticipated fuel economy 33 mpg combined. Estimate based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.