A stylish and budget-friendly, subcompact Nissan Kicks is also surprisingly practical and fuel-efficient. The model comes also with the adult-sized back seating and standard active safety equipment. The Kicks hasn’t received significant upgrades since the introduction of the first-generation version and the next 2021 Nissan Kicks should also return with minimal changes as the recent reports indicate.
Nissan is working currently on serval models but no signs that next Kicks will receive the mid-cycle update. The prototype version hasn’t been caught on the roads and sources suggest changes in the equipment organization and possibly a new trim option. No signs that the next version will come with the notable styling or interior upgrades. The model should also return with the same powertrain. The Kicks should get new color options and wheel patterns as well as upgraded tech features.
2021 Nissan Kicks: Design
The Nissan Kicks is designed around the same platform as the Nissan Micra and it has 168.9 inches in lengths while riding on the 102.8-inch wheelbase. The model gets attention with the expressive exterior styling.
The lack of the prototype version on the road suggests that the next 2021 Nissan Kicks should return in the same styling form. Reports indicate that Nissan should offer new body color options and wheel patterns.
The Nissan Knicks sports dynamic body lines combined with Nissan’s signature styling elements. The model wears bold V-motion grille flanked by the elongated headlights.
The model looks also attractive from the profile perspective thanks to the flared wheel arches and dynamic charter line. A stylish two-tone paint and sleek roofline contribute also to the model’s appearance.
The rear is also dynamically styled with the sculpted tailgate and angular headlights.
The Nissan Kicks is less trendy inside but it gets high scores for the interior practicality and cargo capacity. The rear seats are adult-sized and there are up 53.1 cubic feet for the cargo. With the rear seats up the cargo room measures 25.3 cubes.
The budget-friendly SUV comes with unimpressive materials in the lower grades while the top-end trim gets contrasting stitching and upgraded upholstery.
The next 2021 Nissan Kicks should get upgraded infotainment features and come with Apple Car Play and Android Auto in every trim. The part of the base equipment will also be active safety systems including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warnings.
Skipping the base trim adds larger wheels, keyless entry and ignition, chrome accents, satellite radio, larger wheels, automatic climate control, etc.
The upper grades will expand equipment list with surround-view parking system, Bose sound system, upgraded upholstery and more.
2021 Nissan Kicks: Powertrain
As the things now stand, the next 2021 Nissan Kicks should return with the same powertrain. No sighs coming from Nissan or other sources that new options or upgraded performance will be introduced for the new model year.
Powering the subcompact Nissan Kicks will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 122 horsepower and peak torque of 114 lb-ft. Working in combination with the engine will be a continuously variable transmission system. Trough the continuously variable transmission the power will go to the front wheels. The all-wheel drive shouldn’t again be in the offer.
The Nissan Kicks will deliver a comfortable ride but not like the models with the four-corner independent suspension. The small Nissan SUV has the MacPherson front struts and twist-beam rear suspension setup.
The Kicks inline-4 engine isn’t able to deliver punchy performance but the model will ensure good fuel economy. The front-wheel-drive Nissan Kicks earned 31 mpg city, 36 highways and 33 mpg combined at EPA testing. Its efficiency scores are better than on most rivals.
2021 Nissan Kicks: Release, Price
The 2021 Nissan Kicks will go on sale by the end of the year and closer to the launch date more precise details will appear. The price of the model will remain its strong selling point and it will again start under $20, 000.
With the Nissan Kicks in its SUV range, Nissan has a stylish and budget-friendly alternative to the models such as the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Chevy Trax, etc. The model is also a more efficient and cheaper option for the Mazda CX-3 and Subaru Crosstrek.