How long until we get the refreshed model in the US?
The facelifted Nissan Kicks, a subcompact crossover SUV and replacement for the quirky Juke was recently revealed in Thailand and will go on sale in Japan from June 30, priced from 2,759,900 yen ($24,845). The 2021 Kicks will go on sale with a new e-Power electrified powertrain that sends electric power to all four wheels, and uses a 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery. This powertrain will be backed up by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline 'range extender.'
The total system output for this little SUV will be 127 horsepower and a decent 192 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will be able to choose between four individual operating modes, namely Normal, S, Eco, and EV. This comes after the announcement of a turbocharged model for other markets such as India, and there have even been renderings of a pickup version.
Asako Hoshino, Nissan's Executive Vice President says that the 2021 Nissan kicks will deliver something special. "The Nissan Kicks adds an entirely new driving experience to the increasingly popular SUV segment of the Japanese market," he said. It is born out of the groundbreaking ideas that inspire Nissan Intelligent Mobility - our vision of using cutting-edge technologies to bring excitement to the lives of as many people as possible," he said.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks not only features some advanced powertrain upgrades but will sport some of Nissan's latest driver assistance technology in the form of the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system.
This system eases the daily commute by assisting drivers to maintain safe following distances, as well as keeping it centered in its lane and applying the brakes when necessary. Standard driver assistance features across the range include automatic calling for emergencies, and emergency forward braking.
The 2021 car features revised styling to the grille, and there's a set of slimmer headlights in play as well. The taillights also get a redesign, and the instrument panel has been changed up with a seven-inch infotainment display. The Kicks will be offered in 13 exterior paint colors, including a couple of two-tone finishes. Nissan has not yet announced when the updated car will go on sale in the US, but the current car is on sale for a starting price of $18,870.