Nissan Kicks succeeds the Juke with less polarizing looks

2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Nissan Kicks

The stylish little Nissan Kicks SUV packs plenty of style and technology into a small package. The Japanese automaker revealed the 2018 Nissan Kicks on Wednesday at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show and it promises to be a formidable urban utility vehicle to replace the aged, and somewhat polarizing, Nissan Juke.

The Kicks will arrive in dealerships in June. The vehicle is aimed at singles or couples looking for style on a budget.

The Kicks's styling resulted from work by Nissan design studios in Brazil and San Diego.

2018 Nissan Kicks 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
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"Safety" is arguably what Nissan was going for when it came to styling, too, the Kicks being a much more sedate, tame design than its Juke predecessor, and the bulk of the crossover's boldness coming from its five bright paint options and five quirky two-tone colour combos.

Inside the Kicks has a "gliding wing" dash that has a 7-inch full-color display and infotainment system with Apple CarPlay an Android Auto support. For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR includes the new class-exclusive Bose Personal Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight speakers located inside the driver's seat headrest. The city designation also means the Kicks is front-wheel drive only.

Less powerful than the 141-hp Qashqai, the 2018 Nissan Kicks boasts a 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder engine rated at 125 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque. The SV adds blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts and the SR gets a 360-degree monitor. The base Kicks S model receives 16-inch steel wheels, while higher-trim SV and SR models earn 17-inch alloy wheels. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive will not be available on any variant of the Kicks for the US market. Let's not forget about safety: Automatic Emergency Braking with Forward Collision Warning is standard on all trim levels, along with seven airbags and a RearView Monitor.




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