LA Auto Show: America spec Nissan Kicks unveiled

2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Nissan Kicks

Nissan has pulled the covers off the 2018 Kicks, the company's new subcompact SUV which first made its appearance in Latin America previous year.

Nissan has announced a new entry-level compact crossover at the LA Auto Show. The 2018 Kicks will also offer two-tone paint schemes like the C-HR. It makes its way to the States to slot in at the smallest end of Nissan's SUV lineup that includes Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada.

Aesthetically, the 2018 Nissan Kicks stands out with bold wheel arches and a high crossover stance, not to mention familiar Nissan design signatures including a V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and a "floating" roof. The base Kicks S model receives 16-inch steel wheels, while higher-trim SV and SR models earn 17-inch alloy wheels.

While Nissan calls the Kicks an SUV, it will not be available with all-wheel drive, making it more of a tall hatchback, a faux-off-roader for city dwellers who want the improved sight lines an SUV's greater stature delivers.

2018 Nissan Kicks 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
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Inside, four passengers can climb aboard but with roughly three fewer inches head-to-toe than the Rogue Sport we expect that space may be cramped in the rear for bigger adults. The dashboard houses a 7.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Kicks SV and Kicks SR trim levels add Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Heated front seats are optional on the SR trim, as is a Bose premium audio system. Automatic Emergency Braking is standard on all versions along with seven airbags and a rear-view camera.

The 2018 Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan didn't provide pricing for the new crossover, but the brand noted the Kicks will be very competitive when it goes on sale in June 2018.

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