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The doubtful long-term gross sales potential of the subcompact crossover section isn’t swaying Nissan from introducing a B-segment car in america. The automaker’s seventh utility car, carrying the youthful title Kicks, debuted on the L.A. Auto Present at present.

The Kicks is the one manner Individuals can take house any a part of a Nissan Micra, as the diminutive crossover rides atop a second-generation model of that car’s platform. The primary-generation platform, you’ll recall, underpinned the funky Nissan Juke. That mannequin, identified for its polarizing styling, isn’t lengthy for this world.

Instead, the Kicks provides barely bigger dimensions and — most significantly — secure and fashionable styling.

Every little thing in regards to the Kicks appears designed to lure younger, city, tech-obsessed Millennials to the model’s utility lineup, the place Nissan hopes they’ll keep (and sooner or later buy a Rogue Sport, Rogue, Pathfinder, Murano, and Armada). The mannequin’s something however America-focused, nevertheless. It first went on sale in abroad markets in 2016.

2018 Nissan Kicks, Image: Nissan

When it arrives subsequent June as a 2018 mannequin, the Kicks faces no scarcity of competitors. The Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-Three, Ford EcoSport, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Toyota C-HR lie in wait to problem the brand new Nissan for subcompact gross sales.

By way of talents, the Kicks, which stretches simply over half a foot longer than the Juke, boasts extra floor clearance than a few of its opponents (7.zero inches), however comes solely in front-wheel drive. It’s out there in eye-catching colours, and its blacked out C-pillar and roof is in line with present design traits, each company and industry-wide. Seen from both the aspect or entrance, there’s Nissan cues all over the place. There’s additionally 5 out there two-tone color combos, with the roof coming in white, orange, or black, relying in your desire.

Naturally, there’s decrease bodyside and wheel arch cladding aplenty. Mixed with the mannequin’s beneficiant floor clearance, the plastic trim provides the Kicks sufficient of a butch stance to keep away from a “cute ute” label.

2018 Nissan Kicks, Image: Nissan

The one out there engine gained’t set any velocity data, however must be ample for a car of this measurement. On this software, Nissan’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. When mixed with the one out there transmission, an Xtronic constantly variable unit, Nissan predicts a mixed gasoline financial system determine of 33 miles per gallon.

Befitting of a youth-targeted mannequin, the bottom Kicks S arrives with first rate content material. Computerized emergency braking, ahead collision warning, and a rearview monitor come customary, as does roof rails, clever auto headlights, and Bluetooth. Nissan’s Car Dynamic Management system (VDC) and hill-start help helps base mannequin drivers keep away from stepping into hassle.

2018 Nissan Kicks, Image: Nissan

In fact, in case you’re searching for the 2 hottest driver’s aids — blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert — you’ll must step as much as the midrange SV mannequin. That trim additionally provides Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a proximity key. The SR is the sportiest Kicks variant, including go-fast look bits like a rear spoiler and physique coloration bumper inserts, LED headlight bling, and a extra colourful inside. Apart from the addition of 17-inch wheels (the SV will get the identical), SR patrons obtain a extra secure journey due to Nissan’s Built-in Dynamic-Management Module.

Like Toyota’s C-HR, it’s assumed that sporty Kicks drivers gained’t need for extra energy.

Pricing stays a thriller for now. Nonetheless, Nissan claims its worth factors (scheduled for publication subsequent spring, simply previous to launch) will probably be “among the many best within the section.” It wouldn’t be a Nissan it there wasn’t some type of worth proposition.

[Images: Nissan]

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