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Los Angeles 2017: Nissan Unveils Another Small SUV Called Kicks!

Los Angeles 2017: Nissan Unveils Another Small SUV Called Kicks!

The vehicle is called the Kicks and it will hit dealerships in the United States in June of 2018.

The Kicks's styling resulted from work by Nissan design studios in Brazil and San Diego.

Nissan has taken the wraps off the Kicks SUV for the American market. And Nissan has chosen California - the Los Angeles Auto Show to be exact - to reveal the 2018 Kicks, the brand's newest compact crossover.

The Kicks goes on sale in June 2018. Nissan has plans to sell the vehicle in more than 80 countries worldwide. The 2018 Kicks will also offer two-tone paint schemes like the C-HR.

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Speaking of the design, the tiny Kicks wears familiar Nissan design cues such a the "V-motion" grille, floating roofline, and boomerang headlights.

Inside, the Kicks features a "Gliding Wing" dashboard design that comes with a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Kicks SR Premium Package adds Bose Personal Plus sound system with speakers inside the seat. The only transmission available is a continuously variable automatic, but unlike in the JUKE and in the Qashqai, all-wheel drive won't be offered in the Kicks. The engine makes a modest 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque, but the trade-off is fuel efficiency; Nissan estimates the Kicks will return 33 mpg combined.

Safety features that come as standard in the Kicks include anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist, vehicle dynamics control, automatic emergency braking, forward collission braking, reverse camera and seven airbags. Nevertheless, it is being described as a great companion to navigate the city with considering its good ground clearance, high eye point, electric power steering and small turning radius. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive will not be available on any variant of the Kicks for the USA market. The base Kicks S model receives 16-inch steel wheels, while higher-trim SV and SR models earn 17-inch alloy wheels.