Following a long and arduous teaser campaign, the Brazilian unit of the Japanese automaker has decided to officially present the new Kicks crossover in production form.
Nissan first hinted at the model back in 2014 during the Sao Paulo Motor Show when we also heard of the Kicks nameplate for the small crossover concept – and the automaker has decided to retain the appellative for the production series model as well. Additionally, the 2016 Kicks is also quite faithful to the concept’s styling philosophy and could serve as the “civilized” counterpart to the quirky Juke. Keeping the buyers separate is always a good idea when you have two models in the same segment so the Kicks is almost unrelated from a technical standpoint with the Juke. The latter uses the Nissan-Renault B0 architecture and the new Kicks has deployed the Micra V platform. We also don’t have detailed technical specifications about the series Kicks, though the concept was a bit longer, wider and taller than the Juke.
With the platform from the March/Micra underneath, the Kicks may also go for the former’s naturally-aspirated, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine sporting 110 horsepower (81 kilowatts) and linked to a five-speed manual or an optional CVT box. By the way, during the launch event in Rio de Janeiro the automaker also announced the Kicks will become the Official Car of the Olympics. Set to be sold across South America, it appears the small crossover may also travel North as Michael Bunce, the Nissan North America vice president-product planning, said not long ago the company is mulling the development of a US-spec version as well.
Via Nissan Brazil