The Nissan Kicks compact crossover SUV which was previewed by the Kicks concept at 2014 Sao Paulo motor show has been teased ahead of its world premiere in Brazil on May 3, the day when the 2016 Rio Olympics torch relay commences. The Hyundai Creta rival has been announced as the official car for the Olympics.
The new crossover appears to carry forward most of its design cues from the concept which was designed by Nissan’s Global Design Centre in Japan with inputs from the San Deigo and Sao Paulo centres. The salient styling elements include the signature V-Motion grille, angular headlamps with integrated daytime running lights, hexagonal daylight openings, steeply tapered A-pillar, a flat roofline and edgy rear combination lights. The dimensions are comparable to those of the Creta.
To be based on the CMF platform, the Kicks will be made at Nissan’s Brazilian plant. The global crossover will eventually enter more markets. The Brazil-spec car will be powered by a 1.6-litre flex-fuel engine. Both manual and automatic transmissions are expected to be on offer.
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Given the immense popularity of the Hyundai Creta in India, an Indianized version of Nissan Kicks with the Renault Duster’s powertrain lineup would be an attractive proposition. Nissan India ought to be working on it for a 2018 launch.