New crossover for SA: Nissan's compact Kicks SUV unveiled

<B>NISSAN KICKS REVEALED:</B> Nissan has revealed its Kicks crossover. Exports to right-hand drive markets, including SA, should begin in 2018. <I>Image: Newsroom Nissan-Global</I>
<B>NISSAN KICKS REVEALED:</B> Nissan has revealed its Kicks crossover. Exports to right-hand drive markets, including SA, should begin in 2018. <I>Image: Newsroom Nissan-Global</I>

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Nissan will expand its crossover range with the addition of its new Kicks SUV.

The Nissan Kicks retains the basic design cues taken from the original Kicks Concept first shown at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show.

Long wait for SA

Nissan South Africa says that it has been confirmed as one of the markets for the new crossover. The "funky little crossover" will slot below the popular Juke, the automaker said. No launch dates have been confirmed yet.

Left-hand drive versions will arrive in 2017 and right-hand drive models in 2018. Ultimately, it will be introduced in more than 80 global markets.

Nissan Kicks dimensions

Length: 4.2m
Width: 1.7m
Height: 1.5m
Wheelbase: 2.6m

Recognisably Nissan

The Kicks features established Nissan design cues, such as the automaker's V-motion grille, boomerang head and taillights, and the floating roof with a “wrap-around visor” windscreen.


The latest version of Nissan’s Gliding Wing dashboard design is fitted to the crossover and features a centrally mounted 7" full color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with smartphone connectivity.

Among the other technology on-board, Kicks will feature Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which use four on-board cameras to present a view of the car and to warn the driver of any unseen hazards. 

No word as to what engine will power the Kicks though the 1.2-litre used in the Nissan Qashqai could make its way to the new crossover.

Recipe for success

Keno Kato, corporate vice-president, product planning for Nissan Motors says: “With Kicks, we have developed a compact crossover in the best Nissan tradition, and thanks to the unmatched experience, we have in creating vehicles to meet the needs of car-buyers around the world. 

“Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city.”


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