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Nissan’s Kicks crossover concept was first introduced at the Sao Paulo Motor Show and its production form debuted in Brazil last year. Now the automaker is thinking of adding it to their U.S. lineup, but no official decision has been made yet.

In an interview with WardsAuto, Michael Bunce (Vice President for Product Planning) said that he sees a future for the Kicks outside of Latin America.

"Certainly we see the opportunity for more mainstream crossovers that are less niche, and we see Honda and others in that space and are taking it very seriously", said Bunce.

If the Kicks does go on sale in the U.S., it’ll most likely be less powerful than the outgoing Juke B-CUV but more affordable compared to its sibling’s $20,250 price tag. That would put it in competition with the Honda HR-V, Chevy Trax and other models in the booming Small SUV segment.

Another unknown is if the Rio de Janeiro built CUV will outright replace the Juke or join Nissan’s U.S. lineup as a separate model. Nissan may still be studying if the Juke “remains in the (U.S.) market or not.”

When Nissan is ready, the Kicks nameplate will be waiting for them as the automaker has filed a trademark for it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office back in 2014.
 

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Style wise, the Nissan Kicks could stand toe-to-toe with the Honda HR-V is the production model looks like the concept. But we could be waiting fro a while even with the trademark filed since those last a good 10 years before Nissan needs to renew it.
 

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I see a lot of back and forth on that online about if it will or if it won't. The Kicks does make more sense as it's more practical, lighter, etc. etc. we haven't even started on the looks department yet lol.

But I think it's a possibility. Why have two in the same segment?

 

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The Juke is definitely a big staple for Nissan but I feel like it may have served a long enough stay. It definitely is a really awkward looking vehicle and it's for a very niche market. The Kicks looks much more mainstream in the sense and will appeal to a broader market.
 

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The Juke is definitely a big staple for Nissan but I feel like it may have served a long enough stay. It definitely is a really awkward looking vehicle and it's for a very niche market. The Kicks looks much more mainstream in the sense and will appeal to a broader market.
It has and lucky for them they already established the fact they can create a great CUV. If the Kicks replaces the Juke, Kicks will get all the potential Juke buyers. All they won't get is some funky styling, but that funky styling only appealed to a small number of folks.

Nissan is setting them selves up right this time around
 

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Carpscoops is saying something similar, that the Juke will be phased out and get replaced by the Kicks, that means we won't see anymore after this year. Makes sense of they only sold 986 units in the United States last month. Good for anyone who was eyeing a Juke as I assume they'll be discounted.

Iconic or not, it has to make way for profitable models like the new Kicks.
 

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It was easy to see that from the start. Doesn't make sense to have two models that do the same thing especially when one is well overdue for a change. Juke couldn't go on any longer and I bet sales numbers show this. Better they kill it off now than later.
 

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But I thought that was a rumor and the sources aren't from Nissan themselves so I won't put too much thought into it.

According to two independent sources familiar with Nissan’s future product plans who spoke with TTAC
 
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