The new 2018 Nissan Kicks, which was first shown at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show in a concept form, is getting ready for launch. The compact SUV and crossovers are in demand nowadays and every car manufacturer wants to make the most of this trend.
The Japanese car maker Nissan does not want to be left behind in this race, as it seems from its latest moves.
2018 Nissan Kicks – Exterior and Interior Look
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is going to sport an enticing exterior design. The South American model is based on the company’s V-platform, but the model aimed at Asian markets will be based on Renault’s proven M0 platform. The upcoming Renault Kaptur is also based on the same architecture. This is a result of the alliance between Renault and Nissan and both brands are sharing their architecture and technologies to make inroads into new markets. Similarities with the Kicks Concept are also there.
The floating roof will sport a different color compared to the body. It is edgy styling that Nissan has used and that will help the model stand out in the crowd. At the rear, sits two boomerang taillights. There are some black claddings covering the rear side of the car. The car may be unveiled in a few trims but details are yet to be announced.
The cabin of upcoming 2018 Nissan Kicks is also enticing. The dual color tone looks appealing. Nissan’s new Gliding Wing dashboard is useful and instrument cluster also looks different. At the center of the dash sits the 7-inch touchscreen. Material quality is not lavish but it is a compact car aimed at buyers with the modest budget. Like most of its stablemates, the upcoming Nissan Kicks will get plenty of safety features and amenities inbuilt. Some collision avoidance technologies and airbags are expected.
2018 Nissan Kicks – Engine Details
The Nissan is yet to decide which engines will be used in the 2018 Kicks subcompact vehicle. However, the cars based on its M0 platform get fitted with 1.5 K9K diesel unit or a 1.6 petrol unit. However, the engines will get mated with an automatic transmission gearbox. The engines from Nissan Juke or Rogue may be used in it albeit with some changes. Its fuel economy is going to be USP of this powertrain. No hybrid powertrain is on the cards as of now.
Date of Release and Cost of the 2018 Nissan Kicks
The pricing of upcoming Nissan Kicks is yet to be announced. However, given its target buyers, it is going to be priced affordably. So a price tag close to $20.000 seems fine. It will be released in late 2017.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is yet another offering from the Japanese carmaker to strengthen its footprint in subcompact SUV and crossover segment. The styling is enticing and it is expected to get good amenities as well. However, it should be priced competitively to ensure rivals do not get an edge. The powertrain will also play a pivotal role in its success.
The main competitors of the new model will be Honda HR-V, Mazda-CX3 and Chevrolet Trax.