All-New 2018 Nissan Kicks
Entry Level 2018 Nissan Kicks to Hit U.S. Market
After eight years, it looks like Nissan’s entry level Juke is not going to see another generation. At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan debuted a new small crossover for the U.S. market, the Nissan Kicks!
Compared to the Juke’s somewhat out-there styling, the new Nissan Kicks looks more like it has fallen in line with the five other crossovers Nissan currently offers: Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada. That doesn’t mean it is dull in the looks department, though.
Where the Kicks really stands out is in the looks department! A huge grille up front and floating roof design help the Kicks look much more traditional than the Juke. From front-to-back, the Kicks is just 169.1 inches, which puts it about three inches shorter than the Rogue Sport. The Kicks is also just 69.3 inches wide and stands 62.4 inches tall, putting its size somewhere between subcompact hatchbacks and small crossovers.
Inside, the Kicks is more conventional. The rear cargo area is a surprisingly commodious 25.3 cubic feet with the 3 passenger 60/40 split-folding second row seats upright. That’s a figure better than some compact crossovers inside the subcompact Kicks!
The Kicks will be available in a wide range of available color options:
Aspen White/Super Black
Gun Metal/Monarch Orange
Monarch Orange/Super Black
Cayenne Red/Super Black
Deep Blue Pearl/White.
Included in these options is something new from Nissan called the Kicks Color Studio. You can make your Kicks one of a kind to fit your distinct personality. Choose from a large selection of accents and finishes, including the distinctive front lip finisher, side mirror caps, door handle covers, and rear roof spoiler shown below. Your ride, your choice.
Trim Levels and Available Technology
The Kicks will be available in S, SV, and SR trim levels
All Kicks crossovers will come standard with automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning that monitors your speed and the distance between you and the car ahead. AEB can warn you to apply the brakes and even automatically engage the brakes to avoid or lessen the severity of a collision.
Automatic headlights and Bluetooth connectivity are also standard on all trim levels. SV trims add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto displayed via a 7.0-inch touch screen for infotainment, plus 17” alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and keyless push-button ignition.
Topping the lineup is the Kicks SR that includes some appearance upgrades like LED accent lights and LED low-beams, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated exterior mirrors. A Premium Package for the SR adds Bose-branded audio and heated front seats, and an available remote engine start system.
Also available on the SR is Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Around View Monitoring, and Blind Spot Warning. Cross Traffic Alert helps you back out of a space with more confidence, watching for any cars creeping up on either side of your Kicks rear. Blind Spot Warning helps you keep an eye on the blind spot area and gives you a heads-up if it detects a vehicle you can’t see, making lane changes easier and safer. The Around View Monitor uses four cameras to give you a virtual composite 360-degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle with close-ups of the front, rear, and curbside. Parking into that tight city spot has never been easier!
All-Wheel-Drive is currently not an option, but Nissan has alluding to it being an option in the future or on more limited packages available in the future.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency
The Kicks is powered by a fuel efficient 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that puts out 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. Adding to that is the Kicks very lightweight design, the heaviest Chinese version is only 2,566 pounds, extremely light for a crossover. We are still waiting for official fuel-economy figures, but it seems the engineers tried to ensure the Kicks would get the most out of every drop of fuel!
Nissan says the Kicks will show up on lots for less than $19K for the entry-level S model. With a price that low, the Kicks really edges out entry level sedans like Honda Civic along with other crossover competition like the Ford EcoSport and Toyota C-HR.
The 2018 Kicks goes on sale in June 2018. Stay tuned to Fred Martin Nissan on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Go to our website FredMartinNissan.com or just give us a call now to be one of the first to get your hands on a new Nissan Kicks! 330-644-8888.