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

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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 ad­ven­ture-ready 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.

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.

The 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. MSRP: From $17,990 MPG: 31 city / 36 high­way — Nis­san

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