The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be arriving at U.S. dealerships next month and the automaker has just revealed the model will be priced from $17,990.
Set to become Nissan’s most affordable crossover, the Kicks will slot beneath the Rogue Sport and compete with models such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V and Ford EcoSport. The Kicks manages to undercut all three of its competitors by nearly $2,000 and this could bode well for the model.
Nissan hasn’t released detailed specifications but the entry-level Kicks S will come equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails and automatic headlights. The crossover also boasts three USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and an automatic emergency braking system.
The mid-level Kicks SV starts at $19,690 and comes more generously equipped as it features body-color mirrors and door handles as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels. The interior gets some nice touches as well including an automatic climate control system, a rear tonneau cover and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. There’s also a blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert and a Nissan Intelligent Key.
The range-topping Kicks SR is the sportiest of the bunch as it has unique bumpers, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and dark chrome grille accents. Other highlights include LED low-beam headlights, fog lights and black mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The interior is a tad sportier as the Kicks SR has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, special fabric and unique trim. There’s also a leather shifter with chrome accents and an Intelligent Around View Monitor.
Each model is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125 hp (93 kW / 126 PS) and 115 lb-ft (155 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission which enables the crossover to return an estimated 33 mpg combined. Like the Toyota CH-R, the Kicks will be available exclusively with front-wheel drive.
Note: Prices exclude a $975 destination and handling fee