There was not much doubt left on whether Nissan would build a B segment SUV, based on the V platform, nor that it would be named Kicks, just like the concept. Anyway, whenever the CEO of the company confirms the information, it should be noted. And Carlos Ghosn has been in Brazil today to announce the new B SUV will be built at the Resende plant, in Rio de Janeiro, and that it will be named… you know what. Above, you can see the first probable image of the production version, with its official badge.
Ghosn noted that the Resende plant has received an investment of R$ 750 million, or US$ 185,7 million, in order to produce the new SUV. Ghosn estimates 600 more jobs will be created at the factory, with the opening of a second shift of work. The Kicks will be manufactured in Brazil and distributed to Latin American markets, but there is the possibility to build it in other countries, such as India, where other B SUVs, such as the Hyundai Creta, have been presenting a huge demand. In its official release, Nissan mentions it will be offered “globally”, not regionally. It is worth to remember that the other B segment SUV from Nissan, the Juke, is regarded as “unconventional”, to say the least, for poorer and more conservative markets around the world.
The Kicks Concept has been revealed at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show and a more production-ready version of it was presented at the 2015 Buenos Aires Motor Show. It has been developed by the Nissan Design America (NDA) studio in San Diego, California, in cooperation with the Nissan Design America – Rio (NDA-R) studio.