Nissan Kicks Off Road-Testing Phase of Its Next-Gen Small Crossover for the US Market

Nissan has been selling the Kicks in the United States since the 2018 model year. The subcompact crossover that replaced the slightly bigger Juke, which is alive and kicking on the other side of the pond where the Kicks is not being sold, is, therefore, an aging product.
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The automaker is well aware of this, so they have started preparing its successor. Meet the all-new second-gen Nissan Kicks, which tricked our spy photographers into thinking it might be the Juke. However, the latter was given a new generation in 2019, and three years later, it received some relatively minor updates.

Moreover, the Juke has a quirky exterior styling, whereas the Kicks sports a more restrained design. As a result, what we have here is the successor to the current car. It appears to be more appealing from a looks perspective than the model it replaces, and from certain angles, it sends Volkswagen vibes.

That is mostly visible up front, where the V-motion grille was replaced by a more traditional one, with horizontal slats. The new LED headlights sit further up, and the lower section of the bumper is still home to an air intake, which was split in half. Overall, the nose looks flatter, and we think this design suits it better.

Another thing worth mentioning is the redesigned hood and the fact that the profile and greenhouse look similar to those of the current Kicks. The rear door handles are still positioned in the same place, unlike the Juke, which has them behind the windows. Out back, it has a pair of new taillights flanking the different tailgate that still incorporates the license plate holder, albeit further up. The rear bumper looks cleaner than before, and those wheels seem to be new.

Zooming in through the front windshield reveals that the upper part of the dashboard panel was under wraps. This suggests some important upgrades, which likely revolve around the new infotainment system that could be joined by a digital instrument cluster to the left. We expect the redesigned Kicks to have new HVAC controls, a different center console, perhaps hosting a smaller gear shifter, a different steering wheel, and new air vents. Overall, the build quality could've been improved, but we'll believe it when we see it.

Carrying an MSRP of $20,590 for the base version, the 2023 Nissan Kicks packs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, making 122 hp (124 ps/91 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 114 lb-ft (155 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. A CVT delivers the thrust to the front wheels, and there is no all-wheel drive option here. It's too early to tell what powers its successor, but we wouldn't act surprised if it gets electrified. After all, the current one already boasts hybrid power in markets outside North America.

But all in due course, as we should find out everything about it when it debuts, probably next year. By the time it makes its way to dealers across the nation, it will likely be a 2025 model.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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