The big debut happens tomorrow.
The Nissan Kicks was introduced for the 2018 model year to replace the quirky Nissan Juke. While it's less expensive, the Kicks is less powerful than the car it replaces and the styling is more conservative. To improve the styling, Nissan is giving the Kicks a facelift, which has been teased by Nissan's Thailand's website ahead of its debut on May 15. That's tomorrow.
The teaser photos confirm the Nissan Kicks facelift will feature a much larger chrome grille with chrome accents flanked by slimmer headlights and a new dual-tone front bumper. The taillights have also been updated with V-shaped LEDs.
Elsewhere, black plastic cladding has been added around the wheel arches and along the door sills, while a new body-colored rear bumper gives the SUV a cleaner look. New five-spoke alloy wheels, chrome door handles, and roof rails round off the exterior changes. Hopefully, these changes will improve the crossover's styling.
Inside, the new Kicks will be updated with a start/stop button, electric parking brake and a redesigned automatic gear lever, but the three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel and instrument panel look identical to the current model. In Thailand, the Nissan Kicks facelift will be offered with Nissan's e-Power hybrid system, which is also available in the Nissan Versa Note.
Unlike a traditional hybrid setup, the e-Power's gasoline engine acts as a power generator for the battery. This system is expected to combine a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor in Thailand, but it isn't known if this setup will carry over to America.
Starting at a very affordable $18,870, the US version of the Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 122 hp and 114 lb-ft, which is sent to the front wheels through a CVT. While the Nissan Kicks Facelift will debut this week in Thailand, we'll probably have to wait for the US version to arrive later this year.