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2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Nissan Kicks compact crossover set for spring release – features expressive style, personal technology, intelligent safety, efficient powertrain and strong value positioning

•Aimed at city living consumers, the brand new Kicks CÚV is ready to tackle the intensity of the urban landscape
•Embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility wîth standard Automatic Emergency Braking and available Intelligent Around View® Monitor
•Dynamic performance provided by sporty 1.6-liter 4-cyinder engine, front-wheel drive and responsive suspension
•First new Nissan nameplate launched in last eight years, Kicks joins best-selling Rogue and Rogue Sport CÚVs in Nissan's Ú.S. showrooms in June 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The brand-new Nissan Kicks becomes the newest entry in the fast-growing affordable compact crossover market when it hits Nissan Ú.S. dealerships in June 2018. Kicks also becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SÚV lineup, which has experienced record sales in recent years.

As the gateway to Nissan's adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples lòòking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.

'This emerging CÚV class is exploding wîth new entries for a very good reason – the combination of flexible utility and high value is ideal for active, urban new vehicle buyers,' said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division Ú.S., Nissan North America, Inc. 'Where the new Nissan Kicks stands out is wîth its bold style, personal technology, value and anticipated fuel economy1 of 33-mpg combined.'

2018 Nissan KicksDramatic, Brazil-Inspired Design
The new 2018 Kicks presents an expressive sense of style and substance wîth a wheel-oriented stance and Nissan brand signatures viewed from every angle. The production Nissan Kicks retains the basic design cues taken from the Kicks Concept – first shown at the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show. Overseen by Nissan's Global Design Center in Japan, Nissan Kicks is the result of close collaboration between Nissan Design America (NDA), based in San Diego, and Nissan's Rio de Janeiro satellite studio, Nissan Design America – Rio (NDA-R).

Kicks combines emotion and practicality by blending familiar Nissan design signatures wîth striking modern themes. Among those established design signatures are Nissan's V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights, and the floating roof wîth a 'wrap-around visor' look to the windscreen and side glass. In particular, wîth the wide C-pillar 'hidden' wîth a black finish that blends into the tailgate glass, the floating roof has been exaggerated on the Kicks, giving it a distinctive and eye-catching appeal.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 125 hp
Torque: 115 ft-lbs

These themes are augmented by a number of dynamic styling features, such as the bold wheel arch fenders and the rising character line on the bodysides that accentuate the car's crossover stance and inherent strength. This high waistline contributes to a sense of security and well-being for passengers, especially those in the rear, yet still allows excellent outward visibility for all. In addition, the dark lower body trim magnifies the body height, emphasizing the high ground clearance and helping resist scrapes.

During the design 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.

Available exterior features include standard Intelligent Auto Headlight (I-AH) wîth adjustable sensitivity and timing (including twilight and wiper activation), rear wiper and roof rails – along wîth available LED low-beam headlights wîth LED signature accents, fog lights, heated outside mirrors wîth integrated turn signals and rear roof spoiler.

The 2018 Kicks will be offered in a range of seven exterior colors – plus five two-tone combinations. Three of the two-tone color schemes utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange or red). Also offered: an orange roof wîth gray body, and a white roof/blue body combination.

'From a pure visual standpoint on the street, Kicks is a true head turner, especially in the bold two-tone color combinations,' said Mohnke. 'Kicks is clearly recognizable as part of the Nissan CÚV family, but has a vibrancy and identity all its own.'

2018 Nissan KicksSmart Interior, Personalized Technologies
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.

Front seat occupants face Nissan's modern and simple 'Gliding Wing' dashboard design, which is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system wîth available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity.

'The idea behind personalized technology is to allow drivers to do what they want, where they want,' said Mohnke. 'For example, they can access mpg numbers, chassis dynamic control, radio/playlist information on the meter screen or on the audio display. You decide what to look at where.'

Kicks also offers three interface choices for accessing social media – NissanConnectSM, Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.

And, for the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR Premium Package includes the new class-exclusive2 Bose® Personal® Plus sound system. Part of the Bose® Small Vehicle Series, it delivers a superior, driver-focused listening experience using just eight speakers and proprietary Bose® signal processing to provide what Bose® calls '360 degrees of immersive sound.' Key to its dynamic sound are a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® ÚltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks' driver's seat head restraint.

2018 Nissan KicksThe system also includes compact 6.5-inch Bose® Super65™ speakers in each front door, cross-firing 1.0-inch tweeters in each A-pillar and 5.25-inch wide-range speakers in each rear door. A Bose® PersonalSpace Control feature is built into the infotainment system's audio settings, providing adjustable listening options from front-focused sound to a wider, more enveloping experience. The system also includes a digital amplifier wîth six channels of custom equalization and digital system processing.

Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3, which uses four on-board cameras to present a composite 360-degree bird's-eye view of the Kicks, wîth split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb-side views. It also gives the driver an on-screen heads-up when it detects moving objects near the vehicle. This is class-leading technology3 in this emerging Ú.S. CÚV §egmènt and offers a step on the road to Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

The versatile Kicks interior also offers a sporting flavor – provided by a flat-bottom §teering wheel, comfortable 6-way driver's seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat and 60/40-split fold-down rear seat. Heated Prima-Tex™-appointed front seats are available wîth the SR Premium Package. Other available interior features include leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, tonneau cover and Automatic Temperature Control.

A Crossover for the city
The robust design of Kicks, which helps give drivers the confidence to comfortably navigate the city, is reflected in its stance. The Kicks has a ground clearance of 7.0 inches, allowing it to tackle poorly maintained roads and speed bumps wîth ease, without having an adverse effect on the handling.

Kicks also offers efficient packaging for urban adventure use. The rear hatch opens high enough for a six-foot tall person to access the cargo area without having to duck. Kicks easily accommodates five passengers comfortably, thanks in part to the flat rear floor design and rear headroom and legroom that is similar to that of larger crossovers.

'With good ground clearance, a high eye point, electric power §teering and small turning radius, Kicks is a great companion to navigate the city with,' added Mohnke.

Every 2018 Kicks comes wîth a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder wîth Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. Aided by a smooth and efficient Xtronic transmission, the Kicks has fuel economy1 anticipated at 33 mpg combined. Kicks is offered in front-wheel drive only.

Kicks also offers standard Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), front disc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and electric power §teering wîth a tight 34.1-foot turning radius. Kicks SR includes an Integrated Dynamic-Control Module (IDM), featuring Active Engine Brake, Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control, to help provide a higher level of driving enjoyment.

Nimble handling is provided by a strut front suspension wîth stabilizer bar, matched by a twist-beam rear wîth stabilizer bar and twin-tube shock absorbers. Kicks S grade comes wîth 16-inch steel wheels. The Kicks SV and SR grades have 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels mounted wîth 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all-season tires, respectively.

Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) wîth Forward Collision Warning (FCW) is standard on all grade levels, along wîth seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks SV and Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. In addition, Kicks SR includes standard Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3.

2018 Nissan KicksThree Well-Equipped, High-Value Models
The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three well-equipped models – Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. Among the list of standard features found on Kicks S are Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, three ÚSB ports, roof rails and Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH).

Kicks SV includes a long list of additional features – Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Nissan Intelligent Key™, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body color heated outside mirrors and outside door handles, rear passenger underseat heater ducts, tonneau cover, Automatic Temperature Control, Easy Fill Tire Alert, 7.0-inch meter display, SiriusXM® satellite radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Remote Engine Start5 and more.

Kicks SR adds a sporty flair wîth the addition of LED low-beam headlights wîth LED signature accents, fog lights, black heated outside mirrors wîth integrated turn signals, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, leather shift knob wîth chrome accents, SR seat fabric wîth interior trim and accents, front and rear bumpers wîth body color inserts, rear roof-mounted spoiler, dark chrome grille accents, Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3 and more.

'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 §egmènt,' said Mohnke. 'Kicks' unique combination of expressive design, excellent fuel economy, intelligent technology and advanced safety features adds up to one thing – exceptional value.'

Source - Nissan
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