Remember the Kicks concept that Nissan had shown at the Sao Paulo motor show in 2014 and green-lit for production early this year? Nissan has just unveiled the production version of the compact crossover, which will initially go on sale in Brazil, followed by other South American markets before making its way into more than 80 global markets. To be slotted in between the X-Trail and the Juke, the Kicks measures 4,295mm in length, 1,760mm in width, 1,590mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,610mm. This places it in the same class as the Mazda CX-3, the Renault Captur and the like.
In terms of styling, Nissan hasn’t tried anything out of the ordinary or funky as it did with the Juke, and has kept things simple with an upright design, anchored by the family ‘V-motion’ grille and boomerang-shaped head- and taillights. The only attempt to jazz things up a bit comes in the form of a colourful floating roof and a shiny set of wheels. It’s a safe design overall, which will not polarise opinion like the Juke did with its awkward mug.
Things look a bit more interesting in the cabin, with a cool flat-bottomed steering wheel and a dual-tone dashboard with a 7.0in touchscreen in the middle, acting as an interface for the infotainment system, which offers smartphone connectivity options. In line with the current trend of packing as much technology as possible in even lower end models, the Kicks will equipped with features like the handy Around-View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which use four on-board cameras to present a 360-degree view of the car and to warn the driver of any hidden hazards.
Nissan hasn’t released any details on powertrain options, but expect to see a range of four-pot or maybe even a three-cylinder in the engine bay of the crossover that will be built at Nissan’s plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico initially and later at Resende, Rio de Janeiro.