While its exterior is dominated by the brand’s V-motion grille, boomerang lighting units on both ends, prominent wheel arches and floating-style roof, inside, things are all about “quality and futuristic design”, as Nissan writes, promising “best in class passenger space in the rear”.
The Nissan Kicks will be initially produced at the company’s plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In FY16, Nissan will start building the Kicks crossover at its plant in Resende, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. More Latin American left-hand drive markets will follow later in fiscal year 2016. The Japanese automaker plans to eventually sell this crossover in more than 80 global markets.
Based on the V-Platform which also underpins the Micra and Sunny, the Kicks is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder flex-fuel motor that can run on both petrol and ethanol. Transmission option is likely to include a 5-speed manual and a CVT. The engine, in its existing state of tune, puts out 116 PS. More details will be available closer to the launch.
If the Kicks is to be introduced in the ASEAN region, the Juke will most certainly have to be discontinued. However since the Juke is not sold in Malaysia, there is a good chance that the Kicks might be introduced in Malaysia, assuming that Nissan did not repeat the same oversight like it did with the ASEAN market Juke, and complies with the necessary UN regulations, since the crossover segment is an obvious gap within Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s model line-up.