Nissan has officially unveiled its crossover, Nissan Kicks. Kicks is inspired by the Kicks Concept that made its debut at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in 2014. The new model will go on sale first in Central and South America before making its entry in more than 80 other global markets and as the company claims the crossover is built for busy city-dwellers to tackle everything the city can throw at it.
The exterior of the crossover features established design signatures, such as Nissan's V-motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and has a floating roof. Dimensionally, it measures 4,295mm in length, 1,760mm in width, 1590mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,610mm. Inside, the cabin gets a futuristic touch with a dashboard featuring a centrally mounted 7.0 inch full-colour display and a smartphone-connectable infotainment system, and four externally-mounted cameras that is Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection.
Speaking at the unveiling, Mr Keno Kato, Corporate Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, said, "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"
“During the engineering process much attention was paid to the car's overall aerodynamic performance not only to benefit its dynamic performance, but also its overall refinement by reducing wind noise,” company said in a statement.
Mechanically, the kicks crossover is powered by a 1.6-litre flex-fuel engine and the transmission duties will be carried out by a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic unit. In India, it will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine that will include a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Nissan has also confirmed that the Nissan Kicks will be built at the Resende Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil.