Nissan has announced it will launch its Kicks compact crossover in the U.S. The Kicks is already on sale in select global markets and will indirectly replace the funky Nissan Juke when it arrives in dealerships next June.
Nissan Kicks is clearly aiming for the younger crowd, something that was evident by the high-energy performance of singer Robert Delong at its reveal here in Los Angeles. The high-energy theme is one that is conveyed in nearly every talking point of this new crossover, which starts with its youthful appearance.
Whereas the Juke was polarizing to look at, the Kicks wears a handsome design. With its two-tone paint and floating roof line, it’s trendy enough to attract younger buyers to the fold without turning them off with an over-the-top front fascia like Juke. Once younger buyers’ attention is grabbed, the content level of the Kicks will keep them interested.
Nissan is rolling out a standard seven-inch display featuring functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s also layering on automatic braking and forward collision alert as standard equipment, while a Bose Personal audio system features speakers in the driver’s headrest…because young people like music!
Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. That power will flow exclusively through a continuously variable transmission to the front wheels. There is no all-wheel-drive option.
EPA ratings are still pending for the new Kicks, but Nissan expects it to carry a combined rating of 33 mpg.
Finalized pricing is also still pending, but Nissan says the Kicks will start “well under $19,000.” Those keeping tabs on Juke will note that this is already shaping up to be a cheaper alternative when it arrives in Nissan dealerships next to Rogue and Rogue Sport.