Mexico-made Nissan Kicks confirmed to enter US market by June 2018
Nissan Motor Company unveiled today the 2018 Kicks subcompact crossover at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, as it confirmed the unit will arrive to U.S. dealerships in June 2018.
The U.S. version of the Kicks will come from Nissan’s A2 facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico, equipped only with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
The brand-new Nissan Kicks becomes the newest entry in the fast-growing compact crossover market. Also, it becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SUV lineup, which has experienced record sales in recent years.
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 available: an orange roof with a gray body, or a white roof with a blue body.
Every 2018 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. The unit is expected to have a fuel economy rating 33 mpg combined. Kicks is offered in front-wheel drive only.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three well-equipped models – Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR.
Safety, security and driver convenience features for the Nissan Kicks will include Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on all grade levels, along with seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks SV and Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
“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 segment,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc.