Not that long ago Nissan released the all new Kicks for the South American markets and soon for the Indian market as well. Even though it is not official, it seems that the car may just be released in the US as well as in Europe as a successor for the Juke. The latter has been released back in 2010 and since then it hasn’t been changed all that much. The Nissan Kicks 2017 is based on a very similar platform to the Juke but it seems to be more refined as well as better looking.
Nissan Kicks 2017 Price
The car’s pricing for the Indian market has been set at the equivalent of $12,000 while a top end model will set you back as much as $22,500. Sure, this is quite cheaper than the Juke but it also comes with less equipment due to the market requirements.
The Kicks is currently being made in Mexico alongside the Versa, Sentra, Note and March. Because of that, we do expect it to also be released in the US quite soon. However, unlike the Juke which is marketed as a more premium car, the Kicks might just be offered for a fraction of the price. The car is quite large for its class at nearly 4.3 meters long, 1.76 meters wide and 1.59 meters in height. The wheelbase is also quite long at 2.61 meters long which are nearly 10 centimeters longer than that of the Juke.
2017 Nissan Kicks Design
One of the main selling points of the Juke was the way it looked. Well, we are happy to say that the 2017 Nissan Kicks is offering the same type of design as the Juke, only a bit more grown up. The front end features Nissan’s brand new V-shaped grille design with the larger honeycomb mesh. The headlights are very similar to those of the Murano but the slightly more upright grille make it look a bit more muscular. All the pillars have been blacked out and the roof can be had in different colors from the body. This makes it look just as good as the Juke while the extra length gives it the crossover look everyone is going for recently. The back is quite similar to that of the Juke but the tail lights are now a bit shorter while the tailgate does offer a new sportier design as well.
Nissan Kicks Interior
Even though the Nissan Kicks 2017 has been most likely designed for developing markets, the interior is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the cabin actually looks a lot better than what the Juke has to offer. The dashboard offers a much cleaner look with all new controls. There is a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system in the center which also sports physical buttons. The instrument cluster offers a large screen where the rpm-gauge would be while the materials are certainly up on par with the best in its class. Also, thanks to the car’s larger size, there is noticeably more space for passengers.
Under the hood
The car is available with two engines, a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated mill which makes 105 horsepower or a 1.6-liter diesel with 110 horsepower. Both of these can be had on a bunch of Renault and Nissan cars. Europe is also expected to receive a smaller 1.2-liter turbocharged engine with as much as 110 horsepower. The US market, on the other hand, will most likely receive only a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine with as much as 205 horsepower in the base model. So far only a CVT gearbox is available. However, the European market is very likely going to receive a 6-speed manual as well while a future R-version might receive a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic as well.