Nissan Kick Showcased at L.A. Auto Show
Nissan is looking to make a big splash in the compact SUV market with the Kick, a lightweight vehicle designed for budget buyers.
Driven by the same 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that powers the Versa sedan, the Kick puts out 125 horsepower with 115 pound feet of torque. An Xtronic automatic transmission shifts between gears and the Kick has an unofficial EPA rating of 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
The five-passenger, four-door hatchback is Nissan’s first new model in eight years. Aesthetically, the Kick features “boomerang” headlights, a V-Motion grille and the “floating roof” also employed by the Murano, Rogue and Pathfinder SUVs.
Kicks are currently built in Mexico and are available both there and Brazil.
The Kick was showcased across Brazil during summer 2016 to promote the 2016 Olympic Games–Nissan was a lead sponsor of those games.
Nissan plans to ramp up production in Mexico as it eyes a release for the United States and Canada.
The Kick is targeted at young, single buyers or couples looking for a dependable ride with a low MSRP and lots of storage space. Nissan hopes the Kick will build on the success of the Rogue and Rogue Sport, which are currently the second-best-selling nontruck vehicles in the United States.
The standard Kick will offer a roof rail and automatic emergency braking. The SV and SR models will include features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and remote engine start, as well as blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.
Kicks will arrive in Nissan dealerships in June 2018.