Compact crossover offers a high level of standard equipment.
Back in May, Nissan announced NEXT, its new global transformation plan. As part of this initiative, 10 new or updated products were set to be revealed within a 20-month timeframe, with six new models expected in Canada by the end of 2021.
Among the first of these, is the 2021 Nissan Kicks Compact Crossover. The Kicks has already established itself as a competent player in the segment and Nissan has added a number of updates and features designed to make it even more appealing.
Styling has been freshened with a new Double V-motion front grille and bumper assembly, as well as new optional LED headlights and fog lights. There’s also a new rear bumper, LED taillights and revised wheel designs.
The front-wheel-drive Kicks is offered in three trim levels, base S, volume SV and up-level SR.
Three new exterior colours have been added (bringing the total to seven) while two-tone paint schemes are also available.
Inside, things have been revamped with a new optional 8-inch touchscreen (SV and SR trim levels), upgraded interior trim, as well as additional USB ports for charging devices. Heated seats and a steering wheel are also welcome for Canadian consumers and fleet operators.
Nissan has placed a lot of emphasis on providing a great deal of standard equipment and even the base S trim level includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth, three USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, body colour heated outside mirrors; Easy Fill Tire Alert and Intelligent Auto Headlights.
Nissan also offers an optional Intelligent Around View Monitor on the 2021 Kicks, while other technology includes an available intelligent cruise control on SV and SR trims, designed to help reduce driver stress and fatigue, particularly on longer journeys. Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 safety umbrella is also standard on all 2021 Kicks models.
Other standard safety features include traction control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, anti-lock brakes and Hill Start Assist–all designed to provide additional safety and driver assurance during most day-to-day situations.
Powertrain and fuel economy
Under the hood, the 2021 Kicks features Nissan’s 1.6-liter twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine rated at 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. It’s teamed with an Xtronic continuously variable transaxle designed to maximize fuel efficiency.
According to Nissan’s official figures from the U.S., the 2021 Kicks will achieve 32 mpg (7.35 L/100 km) in the city, 36 mpg (6.53 L/100 km) on the highway, with a combined EPA rating of 33 mpg (7.13 L/100 km).
New mechanical upgrades include standard rear-disc brakes on SV and SR models with an electronic parking brake that incorporates an Auto Brake Hold feature.
The 2021 Kicks goes on sale in Canada in February 2021.