The US reveal is next week.
Nissan is doing better these days following its overcoming of the Ghosn scandal, but it still has needed help from Japan to sell more cars here in the U.S. Despite this, the Kicks crossover was a highlight for the brand last year, and with the new model set to debut imminently, Nissan will be hoping that the diminutive SUV will continue to achieve success for the company. But when do we get to see the American version officially? That question has been answered with a teaser image and video released today, accompanied by a launch date. It will debut through a virtual reveal at 11 AM EST on Tuesday, the 8th of December.
We've already seen the new Kicks earlier this year, but exact details of the American market's model have not yet been released. What we do know is that it will have a bold new design with a rather large front grille, a 'floating' roof, and a compacted rear end complete with the currently-trendy fake diffuser. In foreign markets, the Kicks is offered in six colors: Black Star, Storm White, Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Radiant Red, and Monarch Orange, many of which we expect to arrive stateside. Inside, a seven-inch digital driver display is to be complemented by an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display running Nissan Connect software with Apple CarPlay while a two-tone black and orange color scheme will be offered exclusively on the VL trim.
While we have no official confirmation of what will power the 2021 Kicks, overseas derivatives have utilized Nissan's e-Power technology. The powertrain makes use of a 1.2-liter three-pot and an electric motor with a 1.57 kWh battery, but unlike conventional hybrids, it behaves as an EV with the 1.2-liter engine acting as a generator rather than the electric motor acting as back-up for the internal combustion engine. Unfortunately, this setup is unlikely to be offered in the US, and we expect the 2020's 1.6-liter four-banger developing 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque to carry over.
We'll have more details for you next week following the launch and our exclusive first drive.