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.