Crossover shoo-in: 2018 Nissan Kicks compact SUV comes to US

Crossover shoo-in: 2018 Nissan Kicks compact SUV comes to US

Nissan wants a bigger piece of the small crossover pie, and it has a new set of wheels to accomplish just that.

By the way, the Kicks first started in Brazil past year and then expanded into other South American markets.

Based on a concept vehicle the automaker showed at the 2014 Sao Paulo auto show in Brazil, the Kicks looks like an attempt to reach more customers than Nissan's ultra-quirky Juke managed to do.

The brand specifically noted city dwellers as a target consumer for the 2018 Kicks.

The Kicks will be offered in a range of five exterior colours, plus five two-tone combinations: Three with a black roof and contrasting body colours (red, orange or white), an orange roof/grey body option and a white roof/blue body combo.

Originally previewed as a concept in at the 2014 São Paulo auto show, the front-drive-only Kicks made its debut in production form past year.

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The 2018 Kicks features styling cues from the rest of the Nissan family, like its V-Motion grille and boomerang shaped headlights and taillights.

Inside, the 2018 Kicks provides room for four passengers, though it's smaller by three inches bumper-to-bumper compared to the Rogue Sport.

Inside the Kicks has a "gliding wing" dash that has a 7-inch full-color display and infotainment system with Apple CarPlay an Android Auto support. Heated front seats are optional on the SR trim, as is a Bose premium audio system. The SV adds blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts and the SR gets a 360-degree monitor.

Safety is paramount on the Kicks, with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) coming standard, and additional active safety features included as you move from Kicks S up to Kicks SV and Kicks SR trims.

A small 1.6-liter inline-4 that makes 125 horsepower is the only engine available in the Kicks.

Pricing for the 2018 Kicks will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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