After the Japanese automaker originally introduced the Kicks concept back in 2014 during the Sao Paolo Motor Show the company has now announced its plans to have it as a production model debuting later this year.
The model will most likely not remain a crossover dedicated to the Latin American market and is an all-new vehicle, hinted to “go beyond the obvious” and coming with a “strong design statement” as well “the performance that our customers crave.” Nissan discarded any additional details coming with the associated teaser but did say the crossover’s design and development is currently in the final stages at Nissan Design America, Nissan Design America Rio and Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan. The series production vehicle will be manufactured at the carmaker’s Resende Industrial Complex in Brazil, which has received an infusion of cash worth $192 million, with the Kicks being produced alongside other models such as the March and Versa.
While Nissan says the Kicks would be sold globally there’s no word about availability in the United States or Europe and the automaker actually only mentioned Latin American with additional markets only mentioned as being considered. “Nissan invented the first crossover in 2003, with the Murano. Since then, we’ve established our global crossover leadership with vehicles like Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail – which have been great successes. The Kicks will bring Nissan´s unique crossover expertise to more regions,” commented Nissan chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn on the announcement.