2018 Nissan Kicks, Urban Chic

2018 Nissan Kicks, Urban Chic
With a starting price of $17,998 the Nissan Kicks is the most affordable crossover in its class. (Photos: Josée Hamelin)

One year after the Canadian launch of the Qashqai, Nissan is introducing a stylish urban crossover that is sure to turn heads: the Nissan Kicks.

Nissan is keenly aware of the importance of music and connectivity in the overall ownership experience sought after by a majority of millennials. Both S and SL versions are equipped with standard 6-speaker infotainment systems, while the SR is equipped with a Bose 8-speaker system, including two in the driver’s seat headrest. As our Kicks experience was behind the wheel of the SR, we experienced the richness and enveloping sound of the Bose system.

Pricing is also key to seducing the younger, connected demographic. Nissan is positioning the Kicks as the most affordable compact crossover. With an MSRP of $17,998 for the base S version, $20,898 for the mid-range SV, and $22,798 for the top-of-the-line SR, the Kicks covers all the bases. By dishing out a modest $150, SV and SR buyers can stand out by selecting one of five two-tone roof/ body colour combinations.

Kicksing Around Town

Powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission, the Kicks has 125 hp and 115 lb-ft. at its disposal. The tight steering is responsive and nimble, ideal in tight parking situations, narrow back alleys and ever-present tricky roadwork deviations as well.

When the open road beckons, the additional speed required for highway on-ramps and overtaking slower-moving vehicles are best tackled by activating the shifter-mounted “Sport” mode, which raises both CVT shift points and fuel consumption, while lowering the noise level during passing manoeuvers. Road handling and cornering are performed with assurance. Despite its diminutive size, the Kicks is unfazed by lateral winds.

A detailed version is available in our printed version.

On June 13th and 14th, two groups of approx. 20 automotive journalists had an opportunity to test the Kicks in and around Montreal.
The compact crossover is available in S, SV and SR versions.
With its darker-coloured rocker panels and floating-style roof, available in varying tones, the Kicks exudes both styling and speed.
Nissan officials explained that the compact crossover is aimed squarely at the 18-35 year-old urban, connected demographic.
Nissan Senior Chief Marketing Manager, Tomoyoki Matsumoto, elaborated on the Kick’s ergonomic features, such as four-passenger seating, in addition to the driver, and a generous 716.42 L of cargo capacity with raised 2nd row seatback, which expands to 915 L when both 2nd row split-seat backs are lowered.
Inside the cabin, apps and infotainment management are performed on a 7-inch screen.
The Kicks can easily accommodate five passengers while offering sufficient legroom for passengers sitting in the rear.
All three Kicks versions are front-wheel-drive and are powered by a 125 hp 4-cylinder engine.
The SR version features a Bose system with sound-enveloping in-headrest speakers.
Nissan is positioning the Kicks compact crossover as an indispensable urban runabout. DJ Jayli Wolf, recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the "2017 New Artists You Need to Know", is closely associated with this new model launch.

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