Kicks com­pact cross­over fea­tures ex­pres­sive style, per­sonal tech­nol­ogy

Aimed at city liv­ing con­sumers, the brand-new Kicks CUV is ready to tackle the in­ten­sity of the ur­ban land­scape

The Fresno Bee - - Auto -

The brand-new Nis­san Kicks, the newest en­try in the fast-grow­ing af­ford­able com­pact cross­over mar­ket, be­comes the sixth mem­ber of the Nis­san cross­over and SUV line-up, which in­cludes the best-sell­ing Rogue and Rogue Sport CUVs.

Kicks is the first new Nis­san name­plate launched in the last eight years.

As the gate­way to Nis­san’s ad­ven­tur­eready sport util­ity port­fo­lio — join­ing Rogue Sport, Rogue, Mu­rano, Pathfinder and Ar­mada — Kicks is de­signed to fit the needs of sin­gles or cou­ples look­ing for unique styling, roomi­ness, per­sonal tech­nol­ogy, smart func­tion­al­ity and ad­vanced safety fea­tures at an af­ford­able price.

“This emerg­ing CUV class is ex­plod­ing with new en­tries for a very good rea­son — the com­bi­na­tion of flex­i­ble util­ity and high value is ideal for ac­tive, ur­ban new ve­hi­cle buy­ers,” said Dan Mohnke, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Sales & Mar­ket­ing and Op­er­a­tions, Nis­san Divi­sion U.S., Nis­san North Amer­ica, Inc. “Where the new Nis­san Kicks stands out is with its bold style, per­sonal tech­nol­ogy, value and fuel econ­omy of 33 mpg com­bined.”

DRA­MATIC, BRAZIL-IN­SPIRED DE­SIGN

The new 2018 Kicks presents an ex­pres­sive sense of style and sub­stance with a wheel-ori­ented stance and Nis­san brand sig­na­tures viewed from every an­gle.

The pro­duc­tion Nis­san Kicks re­tains the ba­sic de­sign cues taken from the Kicks Con­cept — first shown at the 2014 São Paulo Mo­tor Show.

Over­seen by Nis­san’s Global De­sign Cen­ter in Ja­pan, Nis­san Kicks is the re­sult of close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Nis­san De­sign Amer­ica, based in San Diego, and Nis­san’s Rio de Janeiro satellite stu­dio, Nis­san De­sign Amer­ica — Rio.

Kicks com­bines emo­tion and prac­ti­cal­ity by blend­ing fa­mil­iar Nis­san de­sign sig­na­tures with striking mod­ern themes.

Among those es­tab­lished de­sign sig­na­tures are Nis­san’s V-Mo­tion grille, boomerang head­lights and tail­lights and the “float­ing roof “with a “wrap-around vi­sor” look to the wind­screen and side glass. In par­tic­u­lar, with the wide C-pil­lar “hid­den” with a black fin­ish that blends into the tail­gate glass, the “float­ing roof ” has been ex­ag­ger­ated on the Kicks, giv­ing it a dis­tinc­tive and eye-catch­ing ap­peal.

Th­ese themes are aug­mented by a num­ber of dynamic styling fea­tures, such as the bold wheel arch fend­ers and the ris­ing char­ac­ter line on the body­sides that ac­cen­tu­ate the car’s cross­over stance and in­her­ent strength. This high waist­line con­trib­utes to a sense of se­cu­rity and well-be­ing for pas­sen­gers, es­pe­cially those in the rear, yet still al­lows ex­cel­lent out­ward vis­i­bil­ity for all. In ad­di­tion, the dark lower body trim mag­ni­fies the body height, em­pha­siz­ing the high ground clear­ance and help­ing re­sist scrapes.

Dur­ing the de­sign process much at­ten­tion was paid to the car’s over­all aero­dy­namic per­for­mance, not only to ben­e­fit its dynamic per­for­mance but also its over­all re­fine­ment by re­duc­ing wind noise.

Avail­able ex­te­rior fea­tures in­clude stan­dard In­tel­li­gent Auto Head­light with ad­justable sen­si­tiv­ity and tim­ing (in­clud­ing twi­light and wiper ac­ti­va­tion), rear wiper and roof rails — along with avail­able LED low beam head­lights with LED sig­na­ture ac­cents, fog lights, heated out­side mir­rors with in­te­grated turn sig­nals and rear roof spoiler.

The 2018 Kicks is of­fered in a range of seven ex­te­rior col­ors — plus five twotone com­bi­na­tions. Three of the twotone color schemes uti­lize a black roof and con­trast­ing body col­ors (white, orange or red), along with an orange roof/grey body com­bi­na­tion and a white roof/blue body com­bi­na­tion.

“From a pure vis­ual stand­point on the street, Kicks is a true head turner, es­pe­cially in the bold two-tone color com­bi­na­tions,” said Mohnke. “Kicks is clearly rec­og­niz­able as part of the Nis­san CUV fam­ily, but has a vi­brancy and iden­tity all its own.”

SMART IN­TE­RIOR, PER­SON­AL­IZED TECH­NOLO­GIES

In­side, the Kicks story is one of quality and fu­tur­is­tic de­sign in a cabin full of the in­no­va­tive fea­tures ex­pected by its tech­hun­gry tar­get au­di­ence. The in­te­rior pro­vides am­ple pas­sen­ger space through­out the cabin, in­clud­ing best-in­class front seat legroom. Cargo space be­hind the 2nd row is larger than four key com­peti­tors.

Kicks also of­fers an EPA-rated 32.3 cu­bic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, and has an ad­di­tional non-EPA rated 21.8 cu/ft of cargo space in the trunk well, en­abling Kicks to of­fer a to­tal 53.1 cu/ft of us­able cargo space.

Kick’s mod­ern and sim­ple “Glid­ing Wing” in­stru­ment panel de­sign is dom­i­nated by a cen­trally mounted 7.0-inch full color dis­play hous­ing a com­pre­hen­sive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. Kicks of­fers three in­ter­face choices — Nis­sanCon­nect, Ap­ple CarPlay or An­droid Auto.

“The idea be­hind per­son­al­ized tech­nol­ogy is to al­low driv­ers to do what they want, where they want,” said Mohnke. “For ex­am­ple, they can ac­cess mpg num­bers, chas­sis dynamic con­trol, ra­dio/ playlist in­for­ma­tion on the me­ter screen or on the au­dio dis­play. You de­cide what to look at where.”

And, for the ul­ti­mate au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence, the Kicks SR Pre­mium Pack­age in­cludes the new class-exclusive Bose Per­sonal Plus sound sys­tem. Part of the Bose Small Ve­hi­cle Se­ries, it de­liv­ers a su­pe­rior, driver-fo­cused lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing just eight speak­ers and pro­pri­etary Bose sig­nal pro­cess­ing to pro­vide what Bose® calls “360 de­grees of im­mer­sive sound.” Key to its dynamic sound are a pair of light­weight 2.5-inch Bose Ul­traNearfield neodymium speak­ers lo­cated in­side the Kicks’ driver’s seat head re­straint.

The sys­tem also in­cludes com­pact 6.5-inch Bose Su­per65 speak­ers in each front door, cross-fir­ing 1.0-inch tweet­ers in each A-pil­lar and 5.25-inch widerange speak­ers in each rear door. A Bose Per­son­alS­pace Con­trol fea­ture is built into the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem’s au­dio set­tings, pro­vid­ing ad­justable lis­ten­ing op­tions from front-fo­cused sound to a wider, more en­velop­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The sys­tem also in­cludes a dig­i­tal am­pli­fier with six chan­nels of cus­tom equal­iza­tion and dig­i­tal sys­tem pro­cess­ing.

MSRP: From $17,990

MPG: 31 city / 36 high­way

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