Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks has officially been unveiled in Brazil. According to Nissan, the new B-segment crossover is meant for “busy city-dwellers,” and will go on sale in Brazil in August this year and other Latin American markets later. It will also be launched in over 80 countries.

Size wise, the HR-V rival measures in at 4,295 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,590 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. Distinctive exterior elements include the V-motion grille, boomerang headlamps and tailamps and a floating roof with a “wrap-around visor” look.

“The dynamic flow and voluminous body shape contrast strongly with sharp edges and details it also. We call this emotional geometry,” said Mamoru Aoki, Nissan executive design director.

According to the brand, a lot of attention was focused on the vehicle’s overall aerodynamics. Apart from performance, the objective was to increase the SUV’s refinement by reducing wind noise. Nissan noted that the interior “promises best in-class passenger space in the rear, despite the coupe-like roofline.” It also claims to have one of the largest load areas in its class.

At the front, occupants will be greeted by Nissan’s latest Gliding Wing dashboard design. There’s a seven-inch full colour infotainment system that sits on the centre console. Other interior features include a flat-bottomed steering wheel for the driver.

Safety technology that will be offered in the Kicks include around-view monitor and moving object detection. This means four cameras mounted at each corner (front, rear and sides) of the vehicle will be present to warn drivers of hazards. A segment-first in the region, the offering is also part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision.

To cater to initial demand in Brazil, the Kicks will be produced at Nissan’s benchmark plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Full-scale production will start later at the Nissan facility in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, where the brand has invested USD$192 million (RM754 million) for the site.

More specifications, including its equipment and of course its powertrain will be released closer to its on-sale date. However, it’s likely that it will sport a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine that’s capable of 110 hp. The engine will most probably be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox.