Nissan has just revealed an all-new compact crossover at this year’s LA Auto Show: the 2018 Nissan Kicks. This vehicle will act as an entry-level crossover in Nissan’s lineup, sitting between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue. Think of this SUV as a budget version of those cars: Most of the practicality, but less performance.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks has a small, but efficient heart
Engineers planted a naturally aspirated, 1.6-liter four pot unit under the hood of the 2018 Nissan Kicks. It’s good for 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. It’s enough to shift you along, but not at a staggering pace. Power is sent exclusively to the front wheels through a CVT. Some may be disappointed about the CVT, but one upside to this little motor and efficient transmission is a combined MPG rating of 33, which is quite impressive.
Bang for your buck is the name of the game with the new Nissan Kicks
Important to any entry-level crossover is the sort of equipment that you can get with the vehicle. Nissan has definitely made efforts to provide a competitive offering in this department. Paramount of which is the 7-inch color touchscreen display that houses all of the vehicle’s infotainment. This includes Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and access to the car’s Bose sound system.
Nissan have also included a number of driver assistance features to make the vehicle more convenient and safe. Among this list are features such as: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), standard on every trim level. On the SV and SR trims, you can also get Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Plus, a standard rear-view camera on all trim levels.
To see what else comes on the 2018 Nissan Kicks, be sure to watch the whole video with Nissan’s Senior Manager of Marketing, Mike Terrell!
Expect the 2018 Nissan Kicks to go on sale in the spring of 2018, with a starting price “well under $19,000”.