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2018 Nissan Kicks: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - November 29, 2017

Model Preview

The Nissan Kicks will be an all-new compact SUV for the 2018 model year. It will sit between the popular Rogue and Rogue Sport in an expanded lineup of crossover utility vehicles.

In terms of styling, the Kicks bears the same V-Motion grille found on vehicles like the Rogue and Altima. Although the model replaces the now-discontinued Juke in some ways, its design is certainly less polarizing. Overall length is a little over 3 inches shorter than the Rogue Sport.

Inside the cabin, passengers are greeted by a relatively straightforward dashboard designed around a 7-inch touchscreen display. Like most Nissans, the Kicks will be able to support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

One of the more upmarket options will be a Bose Super65 audio system, named after the robust 6.5-inch speakers mounted in each of the two front doors. Nissan will also offer its surround-view monitor that enables drivers to see a simulated bird's eye view of their surroundings with the aid of cameras.

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Under the hood, the Kicks will feature a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 125 hp with 115 lb-ft of torque. For reference, the larger Rogue Sport uses a more powerful 2.0-liter mill that produces 141 hp with 147 lb-ft. Unlike the Juke, the Kicks won't be turbocharged and will make far less power than that vehicle's 188 hp and 177 lb-ft.

Like most Nissans, the Kicks will come standard with a CVT transmission to help increase fuel economy. Nissan says the vehicle will earn 33 mpg overall, giving it a respectable advantage over the 31 mpg Honda HR-V.

Interestingly, Nissan will only offer the Kicks in front-wheel drive. Potential buyers in areas like the Northeast will likely need to rely on winter tires instead of the confidence-inspiring aspects of all-wheel drive. Toyota took a similar route with its C-HR, so this isn't completely surprising.

In terms of safety, the Kicks aims to impress with standard automatic emergency braking, even on entry-level models. Nissan has been expanding the feature to include most of its vehicles and its latest vehicle is no exception.

Key competitors will include the Honda HR-V, Chevy Trax, Jeep Renegade and Toyota C-HR.

Pricing & Release Date

The Nissan Kicks will arrive at dealers in June 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been fully detailed. However, Nissan says the vehicle will start "well under $19,000", potentially making it an outstanding value given the amount of technology that's included.

Check back for updates as they become available.

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