When it arrived in 2011, the Nissan Juke quickly made a name for itself thanks to its distinctive looks and surprising performance thanks to a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. But now, the Juke is dead, and in its place at the end of the automaker’s SUV lineup is the 2018 Nissan Kicks. Given the difference between the two vehicles, the name change seems justified: The Kicks is a crossover sub-compact decidedly more conventional, emphasizing the interior space and the availability of features funky style and verve.
Where the crossover stands out is in the looks department. A gaping grille at the front and the illusion of a floating roof line help the Kicks avoid the awkward and frog-like appearance of the Juke. From head to toe, the Kicks extends just 169.1 inches, which makes it about three inches shorter than the more bulbous Rogue Sport. The Kicks is only 69.3 inches wide and only measures 62.4 inches in height, dividing the difference between the subcompact tailgates and small crossovers. The skyrocketing towards the crossover belt line ahead of its last roof can reduce visibility to the rear. include blind spot monitors and a backup camera is standard on all trim levels.
Inside, the Kicks is more conventional. It’s technically a five-seater, but the rear seat is much more suitable for two than for three passengers. Front seat drivers are treated with support seats wrapped in the fabric; No leather padding is available, which further enhances Kicks entry-level positioning. The rear seat space can be predictably tightened, but the cargo area is surprisingly spacious at 25.3 cubic feet. This is a figure closer to what is expected in a compact crossover and not a subcompact like the Kicks. Kicks will be available in S, SV and SR trim levels. Aside from a few minor options, most Kicks buyers will only need to pick their color and price. The Nissan Kicks 2018 will come standard with automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights and Bluetooth connectivity. SV cut-outs add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a 7.0-inch infotainment display, as well as alloy wheels, automatic temperature control, and keyless ignition.
Powered by a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine and supported by a CVT transmission, the Kicks may not be able to keep up with its name, sending only 125 horsepower to the front wheels, but its small size and lack of mass could do for the numbers.
Nissan is not announcing the price yet for the Kicks, but he says the Kicks will have a base MSRP of less than $ 19,000. That should put him at the end of his segment with the Jeep Renegade and Kia Soul, and it’s a lot less than the $ 21,225 Juke.