Nissan Kicks CUV debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks arrives in the U.S.at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as the new entry-level subcompact crossover in the Japanese automaker's lineup.

It will go on sale across Canada in June 2018 with a choice of S, SV and SR models. Pricing hasn't yet been announced.

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

2018 Nissan Kicks 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
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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. Nissan calls it "dramatic, Brazil-inspired" design, which is fitting since the company's South American design studio led the process. Every 2018 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS).The 2018 Kicks will be offered in a range of seven exterior colors - plus five two-tone combinations.

Despite the coupe-like roofline, Nissan claims the interior offers ample passenger space in the rear as well as one of the largest trunks in the segment. A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard on SV trims and higher. 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. Blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, as well as an around-view monitor are also available. 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. Kicks promises good ground clearance, electric power steering, and a small turning radius to make it nimble.

A slew of active safety features come standard, including automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

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