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The 2018 Nissan Kicks Aims to Be Hip in the City

02 December 2017, 12:34 | Gerardo Harmon

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show

2018 Nissan Kicks debuts in LA

"Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CUV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own", said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing Operations of Nissan Division US, Nissan North America. Nissan calls the Kicks the "gateway" to the Nissan SUV portfolio.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks arrives in the U.S.at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as the new entry-level subcompact crossover in the Japanese automaker's lineup.

The three available trims for the Kicks include the Kicks S, Kicks SV, and Kicks SR. Nissan has plans to sell the vehicle in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Speaking of the design, the tiny Kicks wears familiar Nissan design cues such a the "V-motion" grille, floating roofline, and boomerang headlights. Nissan will market the tiny crossover as a strong value and a offer it with wide range of exterior colors, complete with five two-tone options.

Despite the coupe-like roofline, Nissan claims the interior offers ample passenger space in the rear as well as one of the largest trunks in the segment. The SV trim adds the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, automatic climate control, keyless entry/start, remote start, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show
2018 Nissan Kicks debuts in LA

Additional extras that can be specified on the 2018 Kicks include an 8-speaker Bose sound system, 360-degree Around-View Monitor system and heated front seats as such.

The lack of all-wheel drive is because the Kicks is likely bound to live its life between the parking meters, in cities, like the Juke.

Under the hood, the Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. With the help of a smooth, efficient Xtronic CVT, fuel consumption should be quite low (official ratings have yet to be posted).

Automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning come standard, a move we applaud here at CR.

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