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

Nissan Kicks Juke Out Of The Range At The LA Auto Show

Nissan has pulled the covers off the 2018 Kicks, the company's new subcompact SUV which first made its appearance in Latin America a year ago. The 2018 Nissan Kicks broke cover Wednesday at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show as the automaker's smallest crossover in the lineup, an entry to replace the aged and outgoing Nissan Juke.

The brand specifically noted city dwellers as a target consumer for the 2018 Kicks. There's also an available Intelligent Around View Monitor equipped with Moving Object Detection. 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.

Aesthetically, the 2018 Nissan Kicks stands out with bold wheel arches and a high crossover stance, not to mention familiar Nissan design signatures including a V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and a "floating" roof.

The stylish little Nissan Kicks SUV packs plenty of style and technology into a small package. SV and SR models also ad blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert. The "Gliding Wing" dashboard design is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full colour display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Heated front seats are optional on the SR trim, as is a Bose premium audio system.

Safety is paramount on the Kicks, with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) coming standard, and additional active safety features included as you move from Kicks S up to Kicks SV and Kicks SR trims.

Power comes from a 1.6L OHC 16-valve four with a Xtronic transmission. The engine makes a modest 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque, but the trade-off is fuel efficiency; Nissan estimates the Kicks will return 33 mpg combined.

Pricing will be announced closer the Kicks' on-sale date in spring 2018.

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