The Nissan Juke was one of the first compact crossovers to hit the market, long before models like the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR and Jeep Renegade, but sadly its controversial styling kept it from being at the top. The Juke is now gone and is being replaced by the 2018 Nissan Kicks.
The 2018 Kicks features styling cues from the rest of the Nissan family, like its V-Motion grille and boomerang shaped headlights and taillights. But of course it’s all in a smaller package that is designed to appeal to millennials and city dwellers. The 2018 Kicks will also offer two-tone paint schemes like the C-HR.
Inside the 2018 Kicks features a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Kicks SR Premium Package includes adds the Bose Personal Plus sound system with a pair of 2.5-inch Bose UltraNearfield neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks’ driver’s seat headrest. The Kicks will also be available with an Intelligent Around View Monitor. Automatic Emergency Braking is standard, along with seven air bags and a RearView Monitor. Kicks SV and Kicks SR trim levels add Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
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. The four-cylinder is mated to a CVT and only front-wheel drive is available. The Kicks is expected to have a fuel economy rating 33 mpg combined.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks will go on sale in the spring and will be offered in three trim levels: Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR.