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Introducing the 2018 Nissan Kicks

There’s a new player in the compact crossover market. Today at the LA Autoshow, Nissan pulled the cover off the all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks. This is the sixth model in their crossover family, and the first new nameplate for Nissan in eight years. We first saw hints of this design from the Kicks Concept, which debuted at the Sao Paulo motor show. Targeted at the entry level of Nissan crossovers, the Nissan Kicks is touted as the ideal vehicle for singles and couples looking for a vehicle to compliment their active, modern lifestyles. There are three model trims available: Kicks S, Kicks SV and top-level Kicks SR.

Powering these new compact crossovers is a 125hp 1.6L DOHC four-cylinder engine with 115 ld-ft of torque. The 2018 Nissan Kicks uses Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission, CVT, and takes advantage of CVTCS valve timing technology. Only offered in front wheel drive, fuel mileage is expected to be around 33 MPG, making for an efficient about town compact crossover. Standard on all 2018 Nissan Kicks are things like traction control, hill start assist, and ABS on front disk and rear drum brakes. Upgrading to the Nissan Kicks SR adds advanced ride and braking technologies.

Nissan focused on futuristic design and the growing technology demands of consumers when designing the interior of the Kicks. Full Apple CapPlay and Android Auto functionality comes from a 7-inch screen.  For the audio enthusiast, there is a new Bose Personal Plus sound system; a class exclusive to the 2018 Nissan Kicks. This powerful audio system uses only eight speakers to bring a highly customizable listen experience to the driver, using an array of Bose speaker technologies. Featuring the Super65 and UltraNearfield speakers from Bose’s Small Vehicle Series. Bose PersonalSpace Control is added to the Nissan Kicks infotainment controls for optimum audio playback.

Rounding out this city centric CUV, the 2018 Nissan Kicks features available cross traffic alert, 360-degree cameras, and blind spot warning. Customers can choose from a palette of seven color options, including five two-tone color choices. 16-inch wheels come standard, with 17-inch available. LED low beam headlights are available on the SR trim package.

While pricing for the 2018 Nissan Kicks will be announced closer to launch date, in spring 2018, Nissan expects the entry level MRSP to be below $19,000 USD. Look for the all new 2018 Nissan Kicks in dealers sometime in June, 2018.

About Dan Croutch

Dan is a freelance automotive writer and YouTuber (DanDrives). He enjoys all things pickup trucks, classic cars and minivans (really). Fascinated by technology and cars. EV hopeful, but slightly skeptic. He blogs at http://dan.croutch.ca occasionally, tweets @dcroutch obsessively.

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