After a rather lengthy teaser campaign, Nissan Brazil is finally ready to show us the Kicks crossover in production guise.
It was at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show where Nissan introduced a small crossover concept with the “Kicks” moniker and now we get to see how the vehicle has made the transition to a production model. Keeping the same moniker, the 2016 Kicks remains very faithful to the concept’s design and looks way more civilized than the funky Juke.
The two crossovers don’t have a lot in common from a technical point of view, as the Juke rides on Nissan-Renault’s B0 architecture whereas the Kicks sits on the Micra’s V platform. Nissan hasn’t released any specifications regarding the production-ready Kicks, but the namesake concept was longer, slightly wider, and taller than the Juke.
Since it will use the same underpinnings as the March/Micra, chances are in Brazil at least it will be offered with a naturally-aspirated, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 110 horsepower (81 kilowatts) through a five-speed manual or a CVT.
Oddly enough, Nissan hasn’t released any official pictures of the car just yet, as what we are seeing here are Instagram pics from various people. These were shot at a launch event in Rio de Janeiro and now the Kicks is gearing up to become the Official Car of the Olympics. As you can see, all the pillars have a black finish to give the illusion of a “floating roof” which in this case has an orange finish to contrast the gray body.
Although the Nissan Kicks will be offered initially only in South America, there are some chances of seeing the petite crossover in North America as well. Nissan North American’s vice president-product planning, Michael Bunce, revealed at the beginning of the year the company is seriously considering a U.S. version. If it will happen, the Kicks is going to be cheaper than the $20,250 Juke and will have a weaker engine compared to the love/hate crossover.