The Japanese automaker has decided to showcase the new Kicks subcompact crossover, recently launched in Brazil, through a large photo gallery and a pair of videos.
The model is being presented in South America but it will become a global crossover to slot between the Juke and Qashqai – essentially in a place we never even knew vehicles should exist. Well, Nissan has a habit of breaking new boundaries (we can take as prime examples the Juke and Qashqai) so here it goes: Kicks is the official car of the summer Olympics and is going to reach more than 80 markets – even the US being considered. Brazil will have the prime time with the Kicks starting this August, followed by other Latin American countries before the end of the year. Two factories will take charge of production – one in Mexico and the other in Brazil.
Setting itself apart from the quirky Juke and its polarizing design, the Kicks is a pretty safe example of crossover styling and this might bode well with the prospective buyers who didn’t like the Juke. BY the way, there’s also practicality involved, with the Kicks being 6.7 inches (170 mm) longer, 0.1 inches (4 mm) narrower, and 0.7 inches (20 mm) taller.
The wheelbase stands at 102.7 inches / 2610 mm, up by 3.1 inches / 80 mm compared to the Juke so rear passengers might get the better end of the deal. Nissan is of course boasting how the Kicks comes with segment-leading interior space and a large trunk. The cabin is also more conventional than the one displayed by the Juke, with a regular dashboard and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Clients will have a seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and Nissan’s Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection systems. We still don’t have any details about powertrain or other technical specifications, which should be revealed closer to the actual market introduction.