Published on September 2nd, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Kicks to challenge the CX-3, HR-V and X50
The Malaysian crossover market is about to get heated up
Overseen by Nissan’s Global Design Centerin Japan, Nissan Kicks is the result of close collaboration between NissanDesign America (NDA), based in San Diego, and Nissan’s Rio de Janeiro satellitestudio, Nissan Design America – Rio (NDA-R).
Whowill launch it
Edaran Tan Chong (brand guardians for the Nissan brand in Malaysia) insiders have confirmed that the Nissan Kicks is coming to Malaysia.
This HR-V and CX-3 rival is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at at an affordable price.
Kicks combines emotion and practicality byblending familiar Nissan design signatures with striking modern themes. Amongthose established design signatures are Nissan’s V-Motion grille, boomerangheadlights and taillights and the “floating roof “with a“wrap-around visor” look to the windscreen and side glass. Inparticular, with the wide C-pillar “hidden” with a black finish thatblends into the tailgate glass, the “floating roof” has beenexaggerated on the Kicks, giving it a distinctive and eye-catching appeal.
These themes are augmented by a number ofdynamic styling features, such as the bold wheel arch fenders and the risingcharacter line on the bodysides that accentuate the car’s crossover stance andinherent strength. This high waistline contributes to a sense of security andwell-being for passengers, especially those in the rear, yet still allowsexcellent outward visibility for all. In addition, the dark lower body trimmagnifies the body height, emphasizing the high ground clearance and helpingresist scrapes.
Crossoverfor the city
The robust design of Kicks, which helps give drivers the confidence to comfortably navigate the city, is reflected in its stance. The Kicks has a ground clearance of 7.0 inches, allowing it to tackle poorly maintained roads and speed bumps with ease, without having an adverse effect on the handling.
Kicks also offers efficient packaging forurban adventure use. The rear hatch opens high enough for a six-foot tallperson to access the cargo area without having to duck. Kicks easilyaccommodates five passengers comfortably, thanks in part to the flat rear floordesign and rear headroom and legroom that is similar to that of largercrossovers.
This Nissan Kicks will probably come with astandard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve TimingControl System (CVTCS). This engine is rated at 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft oftorque. Combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission, fueleconomy is rated as best-in-class in all three segments: 31 mpg city, 36 mpghighway and 33 mpg combined. The Kicks will be offered in front-wheel driveonly.
Kicks also offers standard Traction ControlSystem (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), frontdisc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and electric power steering witha tight 34.1 foot turning radius. Kicks SR includes an IntegratedDynamic-Control Module (IDM), featuring Active Engine Brake, Active TraceControl and Active Ride Control, to help provide a higher level of drivingenjoyment.