2017 Los Angeles: The 2018 Nissan Kicks replaces the Juke entry-level crossover

Nissan revealed its far more conservative replacement for the quirky, odd, and fun Juke compact crossover in Los Angeles.

What’s going on?

Nissan seized the spotlight of the 2017 Los Angeles International Auto Show to reveal an all-new replacement for the beloved Juke entry-level crossover. Meet the 2018 Nissan Kicks, a far more vanilla and toned-down compact crossover. It’s the first model to receive a new name in Nissan’s lineup in over eight years, joining the company’s current line of crossovers, comprising of the Murano, Rogue, and Rogue Sport.

“As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price starting well under $19,000,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president of Nissan USA’s sales and marketing operations.

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks revealed at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Photos - Nissan

What’s kickin’ with it?

Styled to mimic a Rogue, but smaller, the new Nissan Kicks embodies the company’s latest design language. For instance, the new Kicks features a two-tone paint theme that basically makes the roof appear to be “floating,” thanks to the blacked-out A-, B-, and C-pillars. Depending on the Kick’s configuration, the roof can be either color-matching to the body, or black. It also incorporates Nissan’s latest V-Motion common grille, and “boomerang” wraparound headlights.

Such design features were first featured on the latest Murano and Maxima.

As you’d expect from a crossover meant to cater to the masses and their basic needs, the Kicks, like many of its competitors, comes well-equipped with features like automatic headlights, Apple CarPlay and ANdroid Auto, an optional Bose sound system, and lots of passive and active safety assistants. FOr instance, the Kicks features an optional 360-degree camera view, dubbed Intelligent Around View Monitor.

Everything the typical and general crossover buyer needs.

Power is also in the neighborhood of everything else in its class–a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline four, mated to a CVT automatic transmission, an arrangement lifted from the outgoing Juke. Except power is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque, versus the Juke’s 188hp and 177 lb-ft.

Pricing details aren’t yet available, though Nissan confirmed there will be three trim levels: Kicks S, Kicks SV, and Kicks SR, all with varying degrees of equipment. The pricing details will be revealed closer to the Kicks’ launch date in spring of 2018.

– By: Chris Chin

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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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