Nissan Kicks First Look: City-Friendly and Focused on Fuel Economy

Nissan Kicks First Look: City-Friendly and Focused on Fuel Economy

Nissan Kicks First Look: City-Friendly and Focused on Fuel Economy

Nissan has announced a new entry-level compact crossover at the LA Auto Show.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks has a little kick to it, with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder.

The brand specifically noted city dwellers as a target consumer for the 2018 Kicks.

"Safety" is arguably what Nissan was going for when it came to styling, too, the Kicks being a much more sedate, tame design than its Juke predecessor, and the bulk of the crossover's boldness coming from its five bright paint options and five quirky two-tone colour combos.

Originally previewed as a concept in at the 2014 São Paulo auto show, the front-drive-only Kicks made its debut in production form a year ago. Despite its small packaging and design, the rear hatch opens tall enough for a 6-foot person to reach into the cargo area without ducking under the hatch. Signature elements in the design include the crossover stance, V-motion grille, diamond cut alloy wheels and the arrow-head shaped tail lamps.

And let's get one thing out of the way first: The Nissan Kicks isn't much of an SUV at all-not that it matters anymore.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be available in three trims: S, SV and SR.

Inside, the 2018 Kicks provides room for four passengers, though it's smaller by three inches bumper-to-bumper compared to the Rogue Sport.

Inside, the Kicks features a "Gliding Wing" dashboard design that comes with a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SR models round things off with features such as LED low-beam headlights, foglights, black side-mirror covers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Nissan's Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system. The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be on sale in early summer 2018. Complete with a Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System, the engine generates 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft. of torque. Automatic Emergency Braking is standard, along with seven air bags and a RearView Monitor.

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