This is the new Nissan Kicks, fully uncovered!

An Instagram profile has just released the first uncovered image of the new Nissan Kicks. Check it out.

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The car has been photographed in Rio de Janeiro, where it will be the official Olympics car. This image allows us to see the front of the car in a better way, such as the headlights with a sort of bump, the growing line in which the door handles are placed, the side creases and the different color roof. The car, produced over the V platform, the same one from the current Versa and March (or Micra, in some markets), will be powered by the same 81 kW 1.6 4-cylinder engine that moves its brothers and use the same transmissions: a 5-speed manual and a CVT.

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The image has been released in a marketing effort from Nissan, which promised to reveal the car in May, but has done so a little earlier. There are more images of this first presentation of the car at the official website of Kicks, www.nissankicks.com.br. In this other picture, we can see the back of the SUV and the black part of the C column, which makes the roof look suspended. The picture below, with much less quality, just shows us other angles of the front and the back.

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The first units, such as this one, will be produced in Aguascalientes, Mexico, but the car will also be produced in Resende, in Brazil.

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Nissan has invested R$ 750 million, or US$ 210 million, just to get the new B segment SUV  manufactured there, what will probably begin to happen in 2017. Considering it has been conceived as a world car, expect it to be sold in your country very soon. The first ones to receive the Kicks, right after Brazil, will be Mexico and USA.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.