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 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