Nissan Kicks Juke Out Of The Range At The LA Auto Show

Nissan has pulled the covers off the 2018 Kicks, the company’s new subcompact SUV which first made its appearance in Latin America last year.

The new Nissan Kicks replaces the Juke in one of the fastest-growing segments in the market, becoming along the way the sixth member of the company’s growing SUV family.

Gone is the divisive styling then, with Nissan opting for a more acceptable design, mixing elements from models like the Rogue and the Micra supermini that’s available in other markets.

“As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price starting well under $19,000,” said Dan Mohnke, senior VP of Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America.

All models will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol unit, rated at 125hp and 115lb-ft of torque. Paired to it will be the company’s proven Xtronic CVT transmission, with Nissan expecting a combined fuel economy rating of 33mpg. No all-wheel drive though, as all versions will drive their front wheels exclusively.

Customers will be given the option of seven exterior colors, along with five two-tone combinations. Two-tone combos include a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange or red), an orange roof with a gray body or a white roof with a blue body.

The cabin promises to offer “ample passenger space in the rear” as well as one of the largest load areas in its class. A 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor as well as an optional Bose premium sound system are also present.

All Kicks models will also come with Automatic Emergency Braking as standard, while the SV and SR trim levels will add Blind Spot Monitoring 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 Mohnke. “Kicks’ unique combination of expressive design, excellent fuel economy, intelligent technology and advanced safety features adds up to one thing – exceptional value.”

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  • OG

    Sad,the Juke is a RR next to this cheap POS.

  • Leconte Dave

    Urghh

  • gor134

    So we go from a turbo with 188hp to a 125hp slug. Great.

    • Benjamin B.

      Very sad… seems like a backwards step to me.

  • Benjamin B.

    Very sad news… the Juke is replaced with a ute with less power. It also lacks AWD and a 6-speed manual.

  • Dennis Scipio

    This looks a whole lot better than the Juke, I like the look of it.

    • Mind Synthetic

      go get an eye exam, or take your blindfold off LMAO

      • Dennis Scipio

        Ugh, very funny. >:(

      • Status

        No, he’s right. The Juke, in every iteration, was an abomination unto those of use born with the gift of sight, and a stern reminder that even in the brightest corners of the universe, there will always exist evil and unrelenting misery of labour and inequity.

        The Juke was a living embodiment of that state of being, where the only escape from it’s terribleness (yes, even the NISMO version) was to wait for the heat death of the universe, to experience thermodynamic entropy, to witness proton decay, and to wait painfully until the last syllable of recorded time has ceased.

        YOU get a goddamn eye exam!

  • Mark S

    It looks to be more practical than the Juke. This should serve the segment well. A little more push would hurt though.

  • EyalN

    boring. the juke was fun, this is just a nissan

  • Tinky-Winky

    Not that I was really fond of the Juke but this thing looks like it was designed for the developing countries which it probably was.

    • Zandit75

      Read the first sentence of the story.

  • Ty

    Wow….The Mazda C3 looks a 1000% better than this thing….sad

    • Eric

      1357% to be precise.

  • exeptor

    There is a lot of bussines logic in this move – such a compact SUVs are hot as hell at the moment and we all know that Juke wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Still sad that such a fun and different car has to be replaced by a dull and painfully generic design. We desperately need the old times coach builders even if we want to transform a micro SUV.

  • ediotsavant

    I suggest Nissan use the turbo from the Juke to create a hothatch mini cuv called the Kick’str!

  • U8INIT

    Folks; can’t get mad at Nissan for chasing the mighty dollar. They are in the business of making money; so the rest will deal because Nissan will be cashing out!! It’s obvious that this is all they need to make the coin with…let the numbers speak then complain when/if they fail. Want more get the Rogue Sport…

  • jsz00

    Looks great

  • klowik

    Nissan should put some LEDs in the headlight cluster so that it wont look that bland! now it looks like a cheap Qashqai. still, It doesn’t look as special like the old model.

  • BobV12

    What a relief, Juke was second ugliest car of all time right after Multiplia. Thanks Kicks !

  • Six Thousand Times

    At least the Juke was interesting.

  • Though I’m no fan of the Juke, its distinctive design did stand out from the crowd and it sold pretty well here in the States and I’ve seen a lot of them in Europe too.

  • SO NOW THE LEAF AND THE “NO LONGER JUKE” WILL BE MORE READILY CONFUSED WITH THE MURANO. UNEXCITING TIMES IN CAR DESIGN. DESIGNERS ARE JUST TOO LAZY.

  • Eric

    This is a Skoda. Boring. It already looks 5 years old.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Skoda is owned by VW…..try again -_-

      • Eric

        Holy crap! Did NOT know that!!! How could I have ever mistaken N-I-S-S-A-N on the grille for Skoda? I must be off my meds or something. Maybe that’s how I ended up using this writing style called “comparative exaggeration” or something, to make my point. And yes, on your suggestion, Mr. Aldrich, I will try try try again (to get that damn safety cap off my bottle of meds).

  • Randy Terpstra

    The title should read “Kicks Sentra out of range”. Doesn’t even offer AWD? Not a suitable Juke replacement, IMHO.

  • Never was a fan of the Juke… but this looks so wrong. The exterior is a mix os many cars that do not look very good, and this looks very bad.

  • Gullet

    Well, this is what happens when you never stop complaining about bald designs. Happy now?

  • sidewaysspin

    The Juke is 100 times more characterful than this.

  • Joel Serpico

    Ugly, cheap and expensive. At the begining, Nissan promoted this model with huge bonuses because the car didnt sell so much in México.

  • Dalibor Milic

    so they went from ugly but interesting to just plain ugly …erm i guess that’s what you call progress ?

  • SteersUright

    Well that sure is ugly. Good job Nissan. What up with that grille?

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    pls don’t sell it in europe or it’ll be a massive disaster

  • Eric

    Question now is who will be the first to organise a caravan of these on Route 66?