LOS ANGELES, CA/MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, the newest entry in the fast-growing affordable compact crossover market, made its North American debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The bold new Kicks becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SUV line-up – which has experienced record sales in recent years – when it hits Nissan Canada dealerships in June 2018.
"As the gateway to Nissan's adventure-ready sport utility line-up – joining Qashqai, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features," said Steve Rhind, director of marketing for Nissan Canada Inc.
The new 2018 Kicks combines emotion and practicality by blending bold wheel arch fenders and high crossover stance with familiar Nissan design signatures, including a V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and floating roof with a "wrap-around visor" look. Available exterior features include standard Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH), fog lights and available LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents.
The 2018 Kicks will be offered in a range of five exterior colours – plus five two-tone combinations. Three of the two-tone colour schemes utilize a black roof and contrasting body colours (red, orange or white), along with one each orange roof/grey body and white roof/blue body.
"From a pure visual standpoint on the street, Kicks is a true head turner, especially in the bold two-tone colour combinations," said Rhind. "Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CUV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own."
Inside, the Kicks story is one of quality and futuristic design in a cabin full of the innovative features expected by its tech-hungry target audience. The interior promises ample passenger space in the rear – despite the coupe-like roofline – as well as one of the largest load areas in its class.
Kicks' simple "Gliding Wing" dashboard design is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full colour display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity. For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR includes the new class-exclusive2 Bose® Personal® Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® UltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks' driver's seat headrest. Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM) equipped with Moving Object Detection (MOD).
Every 2018 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque, combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission. Kicks is offered in front-wheel drive only.
"With good ground clearance, a high eye point, electric power steering and small turning radius, Kicks is a great companion to navigate the city with," added Rhind.
Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) are standard on all grade levels, along with seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks SR adds Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three well-equipped models – Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR.
"Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Kicks will be announced closer to its on-sale date in spring 2018, but we are expecting to be among the most competitive in the segment," said Rhind. "Kicks' unique combination of expressive design, excellent fuel economy, intelligent technology and advanced safety features adds up to one thing – exceptional value."
Along with the new 2018 Kicks, the Nissan display at the auto show features the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, along with seven Star Wars-themed concept vehicles created in celebration of the brand's ongoing collaboration with Lucasfilm for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show takes place from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
For complete information on the 2018 Nissan Kicks and all other 2018 Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanNews.com.
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Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8% and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world's largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year.
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About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 200 independent Nissan dealerships, including 45 that also act as Nissan Commercial Vehicles dealers, and 42 INFINITI retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.
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2 AIAMC segmentation. Available feature. 2018 Kicks vs. latest in-market competitors in sub compact SUV class. Based on manufacturers' websites.
Date Posted: November 29, 2017