Nissan unveiled Kicks as a concept car at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show and the production spec model of the Kicks was revealed in Brazil on April 24. The official debut of the compact crossover has been scheduled for May 2 and the information on powertrains will be revealed at the launch.
In its transition from concept to production spec, the Kicks features minimal changes. Offspring of Nissan's US and Brazilian studios, the Kicks features V-shaped grille, horizontal LED headlights, beefier wheel arches and blacked-out A- and C-pillars. The Kicks concept was unveiled with 4,300mm length, 1,800mm width and 1,600mm height. The production-spec pictures suggest that the dimensions will have slight changes.
Based on the V-Platform that also underpins the Sunny sedan and the Micra hatchback, the Kicks will initially be sold in Brazil. The SUV will be made at Nissan's Mexican plant and imported to Brazil initially and local manufacture will start at Resende factory later.
The Crossover is expected to be powered by 1.6-litre flex-fuel engine mated to five-speed manual gearbox and a CVT in Brazil. Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in January announced that the Kicks will be sold globally. The engine line-up will vary according to the market.
India entry is expected sometime in 2017 and it will be pitted against Hyundai Creta. The Kicks in India is expected to get 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine borrowed from Terrano SUV.