Products that are anticipated too often lose the impact of novelty. And this is the case of the future Nissan Kicks. It has a dedicated website and has made public appearances all over Rio de Janeiro before the official presentation, which happened yesterday in the same Brazilian city. Just like the Tesla Model 3, the car will only be sold some months from now, more specifically in August 5, 2016. And it will be the official Olympics car. In other words, when people are ready to buy it, it will already look like something that is around for ages. Will that help or mess up with sales? Keep that question in your minds for the months after August and we will have how to answer it. Meanwhile, our guess is that novelty is always a great sales helper.
The Kicks is 4.30 m long, 1.76 m wide, 1.59 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.61 m. If it is anything like the Versa, and we bet it is, legroom in the back seat will be generous. We just hope the front seats offer better thigh support. The new crossover will be powered by the same 1.6 4-cylinder engine that is under the hoods of March/Micra and Versa, but with more power: 85 kw on ethanol and 84 kW on petrol. The one on Versa and March pumps out only 81 kW.
The Kicks will offer 2 transmission options: a CVT, and Nissan’s is the best one in the market, and a 5-speed manual gearbox. The luggage compartment has not been informed so far. Apart from these characteristics, Nissan has also revealed it will use Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, systems that count on 4 onboard cameras to warn the driver about any dangers that get hidden by blind spots.
Counting with Brazil and Latin American countries, the new Kicks should be sold in 80 markets, such as the USA and probably Europe. India, China and Russia should also see the new crossover in their Nissan dealers.