Already on sale in various markets worldwide, the Nissan Kicks should start appearing on U.S. showroom floors this June.
Only coming with one engine option, every Kicks will be packing a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder unit with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System. A continuously variable automatic transmission sends 125 horsepower and 115 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels. Those hoping to see all-wheel drive as an option will be sorely disappointed.
Time will tell if a lack of awd will affect Kicks sales because there is some stiff competition in the growing segment and its main rivals could come from Mazda, Subaru, and Honda. Of course there’s more to a vehicle than what drive system it employs.
Nissan is giving the entry-level Kicks a wide range of standard equipment including a seven-inch infotainment screen, automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, traction control, vehicle stability control, and Hill Start Assist. Perhaps Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be added to the standard equipment list, though we won’t know for sure until a full list of features and specs is released.
Once on sale, customers can choose from three trims: Kicks S, Kicks SV, and Kicks SR.